What is the Okinawan Karate Club of Atlanta?
The Okinawan Karate Club of Atlanta is a traditional martial arts school, located in Marietta (North Atlanta), that practices Okinawan Shorin Ryu karatedo as taught by Eizo Shimabukuro, Grandmaster and Shudokan karatedo as taught by the late Walter Todd, United States Shibucho for the late Kanken Toyama and traditional Toei Jujitsu
The dojo is directly affiliated with and follows O'Sensei Shimabukuro of Okinawa.
The clubs intent is to create well balanced martial artists focusing on the development of a persons mind, body and spirit. Emphasizing traditional principles and techniques, a strong foundation is created allowing the students to explore internal power sources and to develop their natural strength while understanding their physical limitations. Traditional karate is a medium which helps the students to understand and excel in basic self defense techniques, sparring, endurance training and conditioning.
The Okinawan Karate Club of Atlanta, focusing on traditional Okinawan karatedo, was founded by Sensei Tim Kelley. Studying Shorin Ryu karatedo, the school follows Grand Master Eizo Shimabukuro, 10th degree black belt. Kelley Sensei, the director of training for the Club, has been training since 1980, and holds the rank of Godan, 5th degree black belt. Kelley Sensei also holds the rank of Godan in Shudokan karatedo, following the teachings of the late Sensei Walter Todd, who was an 8th degree black belt and Shibucho for the late Kanken Toyama. Kelley Sensei is also an active member of The Georgia Karate League and was the 2000 state champion in the men's senior black belt kata division.
About Kelley Sensei
Kelley Sensei began his martial arts training in 1980 in Kent, Ohio, with Sensei Bill Marcum, who at that time held the rank of Godan, 5th dan black belt in Isshinryu, Karate-do, awarded by O'Sensei Kichiro Shimabukuro, nephew of OíSensei Eizo Shimabukuro. In the late 80ís, Kelley Sensei studied with Steve Zeleznikar Sensei, at that time a Sandan, 3rd dan blackbelt in Shorinken Karate-do. Kelley Sensei continued his study of Okinawan Karate-do in 1990 with Ilene Smoger Sensei, currently a Rokodan, 6th degree black belt in Shorinryu Karate-do, a 7th degree in Shudokan Karate-do and a 3rd degree in Jujitsu. Smoger Sensei had considerable training under Sensei Karl Scott III, who presently holds the rank of 7th dan black belt in Shudokan Karatedo and 5th dan black belt in Shorin Ryu Karatedo. Sensei Hu and Sensei Scott trained under Herbert Wong, a 7th dan black belt under O'Sensei Shimabukuro. Sensei Wong is only one of two Americans to receive a 7th dan black belt under O'Sensei Shimabukuro (awarded in 1975). Sensei Wong trained in both the Shudokan and Shobayashi Shorin Ryu systems of karatedo, Sil-Lum Hung-Gar (Tiger-Crane) Kung Fu, Wing Chun Kung Fu, and a number of internal Chinese martial arts. Sensei Smoger continued her training with Sensei Barbara Christensen from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sensei Barbara Christensen, holds the rank of Rokudan, 6th dan black belt by O'Sensei Shimabukuro, Godan, 5th dan black belt, by Sensei Todd and the rank of Shodan, 1st dan black belt, in Aikido. Our dojo is very fortunate to have the support of both Christensen Sensei and Smoger Sensei, who continues to be Kelley Senseisí primary instructor today.
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Godan Shorinryu and Shudokan Karate
Sandan Toei Jujitsu