George Ahearn: School Owner and Instructor
George has over sixteen years of experience in karate and holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt). He has an Executive Masters in Health Care Administration and has been a registered nurse for nearly 20 years. Since opening Evergreen Karate, George has served on the U.W. Bothell Advisory Board for Nursing, the Northshore Schools Foundation, and has implemented programs of karate for kids at the YMCA Kids University, Northshore Senior Center Wranglers program for students with special needs, and also Evergreen Academy.
George also enjoys playing competitive tennis for two USTA teams, and is an avid chess player, having won a State Championship twice in his youth. He spends his off time with his young daughter.
Rachel Lyon: General Manager and Head Instructor
Sensei Rachel has been teaching karate since 1995 and currently holds the rank of Sandan, or third degree black belt. She also has her master’s degree in counseling psychology and worked as a mental health counselor before devoting her self full time to the dojo. Rachel enjoys competing in tournaments and leads the tournament team.
Rachel’s two young daughters and loving husband keeps her very busy in her off time.
John Shinner: Instructor
Sensei John began karate in 2006 with his 7 year old twins as a fun father/daughter activity. He quickly fell in love with it and in 2015 earned the rank of Nidan (second degree black belt). Both daughters have earned their black belts as well. Sensei John has been teaching at EVK since 2012.
John’s day job is in IT Management for Nordstrom and say there is nothing better at the end of a long day of dealing with computers to come to the dojo, disconnect from technology, and recharge his batteries.
Mike Martinez: Instructor
Sensei Mike began his karate career in 1982 with Yakima School of Karate under the head of Shudokan Karatedo, Hanshi Morris Mack. He began teaching in 1990 after receiving his Sensei certificate. Mike’s favorite thing about teaching is that moment when things click for the student and the get “it”. After taking time off through college and starting a family, Mike is back training and teaching at Evergreen Karate and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him! His extensive experience in tournament competition is a huge asset to our school.
Sensei Mike works as an Industrial Engineer at Boeing and live in Snohomish with his family. Both of his kids train in the dojo as well.
Geoff Lentz: Instructor
Geoff started karate in 2011 after watching his two oldest boys attend classes. It looked like a lot of fun and now he’s hooked! He recently earned my Shodan (first degree black belt) rank, assists in teaching, and has now 4 children in various classes. During the day Geoff works as a computer programmer in the finance industry.
Tyler McGrew: Instructor
info coming soon. . .
Joey Merchant: Instructor
info coming soon. . .
Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
Take health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone you meet.
Look at the positive side of everything and make your happiness come true.
Think only the best; work for only the best; and expect only the best.
Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as your own.
Look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.
Wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every person you meet a smile.
Give so much time to improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
If you have nothing good to say about others, say nothing.
Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. – Norman Vincent Peale
Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi