Hanshi Jerry Piddington – Grand Master Teacher
Sensei Elaine Sayre – Instructor/Head Instructor of Little Dragons Program/Office Manager -2nd Level Black Belt: Ms. Sayre began her study in the martial arts in Kosho Shorei Ryu under Hanshi Bruce Juknick, in Sacramento California at age nine, studied to green belt before leaving the area. In 2008 she taught karate in an afterschool program, which provided valuable experience working with children and refreshed her martial arts abilities. In 2010, she sought out Ashland Karate Academy for her son and quickly joined in the training of American Open Style Karate, earning her 2nd Level Black Belt in 2017. Mr. Sayre is Head Instructor for the Little Dragons program, teaches in the Kids and Adult Karate program and manages the office. She has three children and also practices Yoga, Escrima, Archery and is an avid Gardener.
Shihan Joey Harrington – Senior Instructor-6th Level Black Belt: Born in Bogota, Colombia, Mr. Harrington began his study of American Open Style Karate in 1989, under Hanshi Piddington. He earned his 6th Level Black Belt in 1994. Master of Kata forms and Waza techniques, he has the working knowledge of 56 Katas. The most of any 6th degree black belt in the world. Shihan Harrington has been active in tournament competition since 1992. As our Senior Instructor, Mr. Harrington teaches the advanced students, Black Belts of the karate academy and is a valuable reference for all of our American Open Style Karate material. Shihan has also studied Kenpo and Krav Maga.
Renshi Michael Bailey – Instructor-4th Level Black Belt: Mr. Bailey began his study in 2003, with Sensei Fry of Sun and Moon Karate in Eagle Point. In 2012 he began to study with Hanshi Piddington, earning his 4th Level Black Belt in 2017. Mr. Bailey has been active in tournament competition since 2004. He teaches our Intermediate/Advanced Weapons class and works privately with students in preparation for competition and testing. He has also studied Wing Chun, Filipino arts, and Jujitsu. Mr. Bailey enjoys many different physical activities outside of the school including bowling, football, and softball.
Sensei Tim Morton – Instructor-2nd Level Black Belt: Mr. Morton started his karate as a parent taking his son to a dojo in Central Point. Unable to be a spectator, he put on a white belt spending about nine months with Sensei DeSimone. In the summer of 2012, he and his wife, began the study of American Open Style Karate with Hanshi Piddington. Mr. Morton earned his 2nd Level Black Belt in 2017. He occasionally teaches our Saturday All Belts class and has also studied Jeet Kun Do with Sifu John Doty. Mr. Morton is a partner and Chief Operating Officer at Jefferson IT, LLC with a Master of Science in Mathematical and Computer Science with graduate work in Business Management and Human Resources. His Bachelor’s Degree is in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Morton has over 37 years of IT experience and has taught Computer Science at SOU for 12 years as an adjunct instructor.
Sensei Deepam Schwenkner – Instructor-2nd Level Black Belt: Deepam has been living in different parts of the world and after quitting his job as Personal Assistant and Private Chef in Southampton, NY, he and his family moved to Ashland in 2011. A new chapter in his life opened up when he and his 2 small kids began study at the Ashland Karate Academy. In 2017, all three received their 2nd degree Black Belt and now enjoy helping their fellow karateka, as Instructor and assistant instructors. He teaches in our Kids and Adult Karate program and Saturday All Belts class. Deepam lives and homeschools his kids in the countryside of Talent, enjoying outdoor adventures, hiking, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding – simply being in nature.
Roxanne (Rock) Flynn: Roxanne (Rock) has been teaching fitness in the Rogue Valley for over 20 years. Certified WITS personal trainer since 2008. Certifications in children exercise programs, low back care, stability ball and core exercises, baseball sports training and agility. Certification and knowledge of elder adult exercise and fitness.