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Instructors

We here at Ronin Dojo are very proud of our instructors.  Each of our Sensei, (teacher or teachers), have had many years of experience in the martial arts field, with special training in the area of Karate instruction.  It is with great pride that we introduce you to our exceptional staff of Sensei.  (Sensei is pronounced "sen-say").  Our ranks are filled with many other fine examples of Karate-ka's who assist with the education of our students, however, they are too numerous to mention here.
 

Hammond Sensei, Rokudan,
Kevin Hammond, 6th degree Black Belt, Head Instructor

1963 - 1983
Studied various martial arts including; Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Goju Ryu, Hwrangdo, Shorin Ryu, and Kyokushinkai, achieving brown belt. 

From 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 Marysville, 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."

"I 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 events.  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."

 


 

 

McCulley Sensei, Yondan,
Candy McCulley, 4th degree Black Belt,

"I have been training with Hammond Sensei since 1990.  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 in Karate-do."

 


 

 

 

 

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