Good, better, best never let it rest; until your good is better and your better is best.

At EKJJ, we teach Classical Okinawan Karate and Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu. We build strong bodies and strong minds, one student at a time. Along with learning their chosen martial art, students will learn new things about themselves.

We equip our youth students with the life skills needed to gain self-confidence, make intelligent choices, but especially to set worthy goals throughout their lives. Adults are given the tools to pursue a lifestyle that promotes health, fitness, and longevity.



Karate Instructors

Rachel Lyon
Rachel Lyon

 General Manager, Co-Owner

Karate director

Sensei Rachel has been teaching karate since 1995 and currently holds the rank of Yon Dan, or 4th degree black belt.  In June 2016, she was given the teaching title of Fuku Shihan, which translates to Assistant Professor, by the leader of Shudokan Karate-do Hanshi Morris Mack.  Sensei Rachel also has her master’s degree in counseling psychology and worked as a mental health counselor before devoting herself full time to the dojo.

Andrew Lyon
Andrew Lyon

Office Manager, Co-Owner

Karate Student

Andy has been training with Sensei Rachel since 2014 after years of prodding.  Andy served in the Marine Corps for 5 years before joining Rachel at Washington State University where he excelled in the Hospitality business management program.  He has worked in the restaurant and hotel industry and provides the other half of a wonderful ownership team for Evergreen Karate and Jiu Jitsu.  His background in business management made the dojo purchase in 2017 an easy decision for the Lyon family.

Mike Martinez
Mike Martinez

Karate Instructor

Sensei Mike began his karate career in 1982 with Yakima School of Karate under the head of Shudokan Karate-do, 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 lives in Snohomish with his family. Both of his kids train in the dojo as well.

Anjelica Rivera

Nidan Instructor, 2nd Degree

Sensei Anjelica began karate under Hanshi Mack in Yakima, WA at just 6 years old. Through the Yakima School of Karate, Anjelica competed in local, district, national, and international tournaments. In 2013, she traveled to Australia to compete with Team USA as the only female selected from Washington State. She joined Evergreen Karate and Jiu Jitsu in the winter of 2017, as she is currently a student at University of Washington, Bothell. Now a second degree black belt, Anjelica loves teaching because it’s a way for her to give back after everything her past Sensei’s have taught her and to honor Hanshi Mack’s memory. She also enjoys knowing her students can properly defend themselves should the need arise.

Owen Sarmany

Shodan Instructor, 1st Degree

Owen has been a part of EKJJ since 2008, and is currently training for his Nidan (2nd degree). Owen is a student at Woodinville High School and enjoys playing guitar and drums. Sensei Owen is affectionately known as our kata encyclopedia, with a knack for remembering details and patterns others forget. Though still young himself, Owen is confident in his knowledge, but quick to look for tricks and tips from other instructors. His favorite part of teaching is getting to know his students and watching their knowledge of karate grow.

Hillarie Windish

Shodan, 1st Degree

Sensei Hillarie holds a black belt in both Shudokan karate and kung fu. Another example of the saying “the family that kicks together, sticks together”, Sensei Hillarie’s two children also train at EKJJ. Her favorite thing about teaching karate is seeing her students improving and growing week after week. Teaching primarily 4-6 yr olds, she says she likes “the enthusiasm of the lil’ dragons and trying to come up with ways to engage them at their level” and her personal growth as a martial artist as she works to think outside the box. Teaching also utilizes a different part of her brain compared to her professional life as the director of Oncology Programs at Cancer Targeted Technology. Outside of class, she enjoys running and hiking, dog training and time with her family.

Jason Padvorac

Jiu Jitsu Instructors

Bryan Alvarez
Bryan Alvarez

Jiu Jitsu Program Co-Director

Jiu Jitsu Head Instructor

Bryan is a black belt under Jits Master Pedro Sauer and runs the adult program at EKJJ.  He is among a handful of instructors worldwide who received all of his belts, including his black belt, from eight degree red and black belt Master Pedro Sauer.  Master Sauer received his black belt directly from the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Helio Gracie and his son Rickson.  In addition to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Bryan was a state and regional champion gymnast in his teens, and was a pro-wrestler for nearly 20 years.

Prior to teaching jiu-jitsu he coached gymnastics for twenty years at both Leading Edge and Cascade Elite Gymnastics. When he is not running class, Bryan works as a nationally-syndicated radio show host for “Wrestling Observer Live” on Sirius Satellite Radio and the Sports Byline USA Radio Network.

Whitney Neugebauer
Whitney Neugebauer

Jiu Jitsu Program Co-Director

Youth Program Head Instructor

Whitney Neugebauer runs the youth jiu-jitsu program at Evergreen Karate and Jiu-Jitsu. She is a certified purple belt under Pedro Sauer black belt Justin Angelos, and received her blue belt from second-degree black belt Keith Owen. She began jiu-jitsu after competing in gymnastics for 15 years and winning

several state and regional championships. She coached gymnastics for three years before coming to Evergreen Karate and Jiu-Jitsu and holds a Masters Degree from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington. Outside of jiu-jitsu she currently runs her own 501(c)3 non-profit, Whale Scout.

Trinidad Mendoza
Trinidad Mendoza

Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Trinidad “Trino” started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2006.  He has trained with Pedro Sauer, Relson Gracie, Rener Gracie, Ryron Gracie, Rylan Lizares, and Robert Lovi.  His day job is medical coding.  His favorite part of teaching is when you can literally see the light bulb in someone’s head light up showing him that they hit that moment when they understand a technique.

Chris Simplicano

Purple Belt

Chris is a purple belt under head instructor and Pedro Sauer black belt, Bryan Alvarez. He started Brazilian jiu jitsu in 2012 as a fun way of exercising and was instantly hooked. Chris’ classes consist of a blend of traditional and modern techniques while bringing his laid back Hawaii vibes- perfect for practitioners of all levels. His favorite part about teaching is seeing everyone progress on the mats from beginners to upper belts. Outside of jiu-jitsu, Chris is a structural engineer during the day and lives in Kenmore with his family.

Beau Richards

Blue Belt

Beau started training in May 2016 and is currently a blue belt under Bryan Alvarez. When he’s not training, Beau is the primary assistant for the Lil’ Dragons and youth jiu jitsu programs at EKJJ. His greatest joy is helping shape the youth men and women in the classes into better people and helping them discover a sense of purpose and responsibility in life. Beau also loves to read, and is always looking for ways to keep learning as a way to continually improve his life and the lives of the people around him.

Everyday in every way I’m getting better and better and better

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