Chuck Coburn

Chief instructor and owner brings invaluable teaching experience that very few can offer. He began his training in 1969 under JKA Master Shojiro Koyama. He also trained overseas in Japan and extensively under many of the world's most renown master instructors including Masters Nakayama, Nishiyama, Okazaki, Yaguchi, Koyama and others. Sensei Coburn currently holds the rank of 7th Dan and is a certified instructor, examiner and judge. He had an outstanding 25 year competition career. He has won numerous US events and has been on numerous USA teams in international competition. The first USA team he was on was in 1975 World Championships held at the LA sports arena. In addition to having a private dojo for 45 years, Sensei Coburn taught Karate at Mesa Community College for over 30 years. Sensei Coburn has trained and taught children and adults who not only achieved high ranking but who became national champions and international competitors and champions. In 2015, Sensei Coburn was recognized as one of the pioneers who has been instrumental in the development of traditional karate in Arizona and inducted into the Arizona Budo Preservation Society.

Cheryl Coburn

Assistant chief instructor and co-owner has been training for over 39 years and holds the rank of Rokudan, 6th Dan and a class B judges license. During her competition career she was a top national competitor in Kumite and Kata. She was an ISKF US team member for Pan American Championships and the JKA/ISKF World Shoto Cup; Second place at the ISKF Nationals in kumite 1992; Western States Kumite Champion in 1992; and Kata Champion 1989 and 1993, including Best Competitor and receiving the prestigious Meritorious Award from the International Shotokan Karate Federation. Having won numerous awards at several tournaments, she has used her competitive experience to assist our school’s competition teams. On a personal note; her karate aside, Cheryl is a real estate agent and holds many real estate recognition awards for her excellence in sales.


1979 National Karate Championship

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