About our Instructors...
Sensei Kerry Anderson
Kerry Anderson and Janet Anderson Sensei,
Sandan rank (3rd degree black belts) in Shorin Ryu and Shudokan Karate-do.
Kerry and Janet started experimenting with martial arts during their senior semester in college by joining the newly organized Georgia Tech Kendo Club. After graduating, the newly married Kerry and Janet attended Song Moo Do martial arts school for a few months before looking elsewhere for a more traditional school. They found the Okinawan Karate Club of Atlanta and joined together in February 2006. They both hold the rank of nidan in Shōrin-ryū and Shūdōkan Karate.
Janet and Kerry started supplementing their karate training by taking Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-ho Aikido. When that dojo changed locations, they joined the Aikido program at Roswell Budokan. Janet continues to pursue Aikido and Kerry has recently started Tai Chi with Dragon Cloud Tai Chi under Sifu Jeff Cook.
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 O’Sensei Eizo Shimabukuro. In the late 80’s, 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 7th 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 Senseis’ primary instructor today.