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Kyoshi Steve Warren

Kyoshi Steve Warren began his training with Master Fusie Kise and Grand Master Hohan Soken in the Shorin Ryu Matsumura Seito karate and kobudo family system on Dec. 1, 1973, while stationed at Kadena Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan. Training was hard and intense. Kyoshi Warren received his Shodan (1st degree black belt) on March 3, 1975.

Kyoshi Warren also acted as the Texas Director of the Okinawan Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan Karate and Kobudo Federation from Aug 1983-1996. Kyoshi Warren was issued the first Police-Self Defense Certificate issued in the U.S. by Grand Master Kise on March 7, 1995.

At this time, Kyoshi Warren received the Lifetime Achievement Award for 22 years of loyal service to the Okinawan Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan Federation. Kyoshi Warren completed the Texas Peace Officer Training school at Kilgore Police Academy on May 23, 1997 and is a certified Texas Peace Officer. He’s also has worked at the Freestone County Sheriff Office and the Anderson County Sheriff Office for many years and has trained many local police and sheriff deputies over the years.

It was at this time Master Warren founded the TOP COPS PROGRAM, which he teaches to his head instructors and law enforcement personnel. Kyoshi Warren founded the U.S.A. Shorin Ryu Matsumura Wakidokai Karate and Kobujutsu Federation on Jan 1, 2000. Master Warren was promoted to Nanadan (7th degree black belt) and received his Kyoshi title from Master Ron Lindsey on May 19, 2001. Kyoshi Warren was awarded International First Level Agent ranking from the National Security Alliance for his work in child safety and awareness on March 3, 2003.

Kyoshi Warren was certified by Mike Lee Kanarek to teach Israeli Haganah self-defense system on June 1, 2003. Kyoshi Warren was the 20th Instructor certified in the United States, making him one of the earliest pioneers to teach this art in the U.S. Kyoshi Warren elected into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award on July 4, 2004. Master Warren was elected into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Shorin Ryu Karate Instructor of the Year June 23, 2006. Maser Warren was also promoted to 8th Dan on Jan 1, 2006 of this same year. The Federation has now grown to locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan. Master Warren continues to teach and run day to day operations at the Palestine, Texas Hombo Dojo.

Sensei Bill Ratzlaff

Sensei Bill Ratzlaff began his training in Kenshin Kan karate in April 1986 under Sensei David Lockhart while stationed in Hawaii as a Marine. Bill has trained under Master Warren since April 1992 to the present date.

He has earned a 4th degree black belt in Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan and is now Currently a 7th Dan In Shorin Ryu Matsumura Wakidokai under Master Warren. He is one of Master Warren’s highest ranking students. He is also a certified TOP COP instructor and a black belt in Haganah.

Bill is the Michigan director for the federation and has been actively teaching in his own Dojo since 1990. Bill currently teaches in Tawas City, Michigan and can be reached at 479-228-0792.

Sensei John Piper

Sensei John Piper began his training in Shorin Ryu Matsumura Wakidokai in October 2010 and proceeded to start training in Haganah with Master Warren in January off 2011.

John received his black belt two years later in 2013. He current holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Shorin Ryu karate and has been teaching the children and adult classes for the past 5 years at the Palestine Shorin Ryu Karate Academy.

Sensei Katsuya Collins

Sensei Katsuya Collins was born in Naha, Okinawa Japan. At an early age he began training in Karate and Judo and developed an immense passion for the arts. At the age of 14 he traveled to the United States to his new home and country.

He was determined to continue his life passion of training in a style of karate that originated from his homeland island of Okinawa. In his travels, over the years and throughout the United States, Katsuya encountered various martial arts Dojos: however, none that incorporated a karate style that originated from his homeland of Okinawa.

This was very important to him because he was very proud of his Okinawan roots. In 2013, Katsuya moved from Alexandria, Louisiana to the small town of Palestine, Texas. As chance would have it during a drive through the downtown area of Palestine, he noticed a karate Dojo by the name of the Shorin Ryu Matsumura Karate Academy. Katsuya quickly reached out to Sensei Warren and began his training in 2013. He immediately recognized many of the old training methods he was taught as a youth.

Katsuya received his 2nd degree black belt in March of 2015. In Sept of 2015, following a 50 year absence from his home in Okinawa, Katsuya returned to reunite with his family. Duting the reunion, Katsuya discovered his cousin Hesao Sunagawa is a Goju Ryu master. Katsuya began one on one training with his cousin in 2015 and in November of 2016, earned his Shodan in Goju Ryu. While back home, Katsuya had the rare opportunity to participate along with 3,792 other martial artists in the making of history, as they all simultaneously performed a kata in the streets of Okinawa and broke the Guinness World record of this feat. Katsuya continues his training with Sensei Warren at the Hombu Dojo in Palestine, Texas. He has been actively teaching children and adults in the Palestine Dojo for the past several years. Katsuya plans to continue training with his cousin in Okinawa as he now has the best of both worlds. He hopes to pass on his legacy to his grandchildren.

Sensei Gregg Taylor

Martial arts training for beginners and masters alike - dial (903) 729-1473to set up your first visit.

As an established martial arts instruction team in Palestine, Shorin-ryu Karate Academy has helped countless residents learn a pertinent information on karate and self-defense classes.

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