Karate

A member of the American Shudokan Association, our program is a traditional Okinawan style of karate, teaching basics, forms and applicable self-defense techniques. Our lineage follows the founder Kanken Toyama, Walter Todd and Hanshi Morris Mack.

Classes

Lil’ Dragon Karate – Ages 4-6

Our students work on karate basics including kicks, blocks and strikes at a pace just right for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Other physical focuses are: coordination, balance, and learning left from right. Life skills are an equal part of the program with focus on following directions, being respectful of elders, cooperation and being a good sport.

Youth Karate – Ages 7-12

Karate basics are taught to include kicks, blocks, and strikes and forms (katas) are performed at all ranks. Games are played in class to incorporate physical skills of balance, coordination, and to work on precise movements. We use karate techniques to promote good sportsmanship as well as healthy competition to encourage skill development.

Teen/Adult Karate – Ages 13+

60 minute classes allow time to work on basics, partner work, and kata (forms). Our adult instructors are laser focused on safety and very skilled at adjusting technique as needed for past injuries or other limitations while still producing excellent technique. All curriculum is the same as our youth classes, just done at an adult pace.

Meet our Instructors

George Ahearn

3rd Degree Black Belt, Owner

Sensei George has been training in martial arts for over 20 years. He holds an Executive Masters in Health Care Administration and a BS in Nursing, both obtained from the UW. In addition to owning EKJJ, he owns West Infusion Nurses’ Network LLC. A healthcare company that employs Registered Nurses in Washington and Idaho to treat people with autoimmune and rare genetic disorders in their home. His passion, however, is in helping others. He began a nonprofit called EastWest Food Rescue in which he and his team moved 8 million+ pounds of food in 18 weeks! George continues to serve the food rescue and help our State and Region during times of disaster through connecting people in need. He is married with three daughters. 

Rachel Lyon

4th Degree Black Belt – Karate Instructor

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.

Mike Martinez

2nd degree black belt – 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.

Anjelica Rivera

2nd degree black belt – Karate Instructor

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

1st degree black belt – Karate Instructor

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

1st degree black belt – Karate Instructor

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

1st degree black belt – Karate Instructor

Sensei Jason first started training with Evergreen Karate’s original Sensei, Fulicanelli Chavez in 1995. After a long break, Sensei Jason is back to training and teaching now that his daughters are old enough to train with him.  Sensei Jason has a background in computer programming and bioengineering, and works as a researcher and teacher of community-based sustainable-ecosystem food and medicinal gardening. He enjoys going on foraging walks with his family, and taking care of the family’s chickens, ducks, and quail. His favorite thing about teaching karate is finding ways to help each of his students grow into leaders!


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Contact Us

Address: 10121 Main St. Bothell, WA 98011

Call: 425-486-4105

Email: Info.evergreenkarate@gmail.com

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