About Us 2017-08-30T16:21:12+00:00

ABOUT US

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

We equip our children 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 emphasis to pursue a lifestyle choice that promotes health, fitness, and longevity.

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 karate, students will learn new things about themselves.

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MEET OUR 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.

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.

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.

Geoff Lentz
Geoff Lentz

Karate Instructor

Sensei 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 his Sho dan (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
Tyler McGrew

Karate Instructor

Graceanne Heric
Graceanne Heric

Karate Instructor

Graceanne began karate in 2011 when her dad signed up the family for lessons.  The only girl in the family, with 4 brothers, she soon learned how to use her strengths to her advantage.  Grace has been teaching EKJJ’s karate afterschool programs since 2016 and is excellent at balancing learning, fun and discipline.  Her favorite part of teaching is helping the kids get just as excited about karate as she is as well as teaching the many life lessons karate has to offer.

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.

Shawn Carter
Shawn Carter

Jiu Jitsu Instructor

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

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