Kevin Hammond, 6th degree Black Belt, Head Instructor
various martial arts including; Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Goju Ryu, Hwrangdo,
Shorin Ryu, and Kyokushinkai, achieving brown belt.
1983 to Present
Studied Hyashi-ha Shito Ryu, Kotaka-ha Shito Ryu, and Gosoku Ryu,
achieving Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt) in Shito Ryu and Gosoku Ryu in
1994, Godan (5th Degree) in Seito Shito-Ryu in 2001, Rokodan (6th degree)
in Seito Shito Ryu in 2006.
"At the age of 10 I began taking Judo at a local
club in Chicago, Illinois. As
you can see, I have maintained my interest in martial arts, but have
traveled from style to style. Sometimes
this change was due to a lack of instructor (they moved on), my
relocation, or an interest in another style.
My training in Shito Ryu began with the Washington Karate
Association (WKA) under Thiry Sensei. I
trained with many instructors at several locations in the Everett –
Marysville area. One of the
Everett locations was under Martin Sensei.
In 1985 there was a 'split' from WKA, and I followed Martin
Sensei to Family Karate Center (FKC). There, in 1985, I earned my black belt."
"FKC under Martin Sensei was a Kotaka-ha Shito Ryu school with an
affiliation to Gosoku Ryu under Kubota Sensei. I was head of technical
curriculum, which included research, and development, and curriculum
formatting for all FKC Dojos. I soon after opened a satellite school under FKC in
and have been teaching there consistently since that time.
In 1997 I purchased the Marysville Dojo from FKC and began my own school, Ronin Dojo."
maintain my training through a diligence in attendance of seminars, under many instructors, to enhance my
knowledge and technique. I
have judged and coached state, regional, national and international
I am an AAU referee in both Japanese and Chinese martial arts."
"Thank you for your time
and attention. If you have
further questions, please feel free to contact me."
Candy McCulley, 4th degree Black Belt,
"I have been training with Hammond Sensei
Karate has provided me with physical and mental growth, strength, and
more. I am continually excited by learning and teaching, and find
that they compliment and enhance each other. I teach the
Introductory Program at Ronin Dojo. People who are interested in
Karate often need to know more about what goes on and how we go about
doing Karate before they become further involved. The Introductory
Program allows time for questions and one-on-one instruction in the basic
movements in Karate, and gives me the opportunity to share my excitement