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.
Renshi Erik Piddington – Instructor-4th Level Black Belt: Mr. Piddington began been training with his father, Hanshi Piddington since 1990. He received his 4th Level Black Belt in 2017. Sensei Piddington was active in tournament competition between the years of 1992-1994, taking the first place State Championship for fighting, as a brown belt in 1993. He was awarded AKA athlete of the year in the year 1993. Mr. Piddington teaches in our Kids Karate program. He was born in California, raised in Oregon and is father of two children. When he is not in the dojo he is a Drywall Contractor and enjoys fishing, firearms and the outdoors.
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.
Sensei John Trivers – Instructor-2nd Level Black Belt: Mr. Trivers began studying martial arts with his two children, under Grandmaster Hanshi Piddington in January, 2012. Together they earned their 2nd Level Black Belts in July 2017. Mr. Trivers teaches in our Kids and Adult Karate program and occasionally our Saturday All Belts class. Outside the dojo, Mr. Trivers enjoys exploring the wilderness in Southern Oregon on foot and bike, travel, and time with his family. He is also a talented Web Developer, in and out of the dojo.
Shodan Alex Stephens – Assistant Instructor/Head Instructor for Adapted Karate Program-1st Level Black Belt: Mr. Stephens began his study of the martial arts in 2013 with his son, at Kyoshi Pritchett’s Sun and Moon Martial Arts, in Central Point OR. In 2014 he started training with Hanshi Piddington at the Ashland Karate Academy. Mr. Stephens is the Head Instructor of our Adapted Karate class, for students with special needs, he also teaches in our Kids and Adult Karate programs. In 2016 he was awarded the Silver Sidekick Angel, from Kyoshi Ricky Smith of North Carolina, for his dedication to helping others through the martial arts. Mr. Stephens has competed in Amateur MMA and the Tough Man Boxing Tournament. He earned his 1st degree Black Belt in American Open Style Karate in July 2017.
Sensei Eva Leazer: 2nd degree Black Belt. Started Karate in 1991, former national Karate Champion in women´s fighting. Kata competition and weapons forms. Flight and emergency Nurse. Member of the Tomoe Warrior Spirit Award.
Renshi Hari-Om RadhaKrishna 5th Level Black and Head Instructor of EHAMA Yoga and Escrima: Renshi Hari-Om RadhaKrishna started with “American Karate” (Tae Kwon Do incorporating Western boxing) in 1987. Attending classes for about 5 years, first in a YMCA program and then joining American Karate Studio in La Crosse, WI, he tested up to brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and also studied with a guest teacher who taught seminars on Shorei/Shuri Ryu Karate techniques, Judo and Bo Kata. In September 1997, Hari-Om tested for 1st Dan in the UW-L Martial Arts Club’s eclectic style of Eskrima-Kali-Arnis, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, and Muay Thai. After almost 3 years of teaching and training daily, in July 2000 Hari-Om tested for 2nd Dan under Shihan Murphy. In 2003 Hari-Om was awarded 1st Kyu Brown Belt in Ninjutsu through American Bujinkan Dojo. Hari-Om partnered with Mr. Murphy, starting a new club teaching Eskrima and Aikido as Blue Wave Martial Arts where he earned his 3rd Dan in 2004. Starting in 2007, Hari-Om began 5 years as Lead Class Instructor at Osthoff Resort’s Aspira Destination Spa. In January 2010, Hari-Om earned his title ‘Yoga Acharya’ in a Yoga Master Certification through Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centres International. From 2007 through 2013 he trained with 9th Dan Doce Pares Eskrima-Kali-Arnis Grand Master Tom Sipin and 5th Dan Master Kelii Sipin. GM Sipin also had a career as a Milwaukee Police officer and SWAT team member. While increasing his depth of understanding of Doce Pares strategy and drills, Hari-Om also began taking classes in Yip Man Wing Chun and Yang Tai Chi under Sifu Richard Meyer. In July 2015, Hari-Om tested for 4th Dan in “Eclectic Holistic Asian Martial Arts” under 10th Dan Grand Master Jerry Piddington, the founder of AKANA (American Karate Academies National Association), and opened the AKANA Charter School, Eclectic Holistic Asian Martial Arts. “One practices in holistic martial arts to heighten their skills, have vibrant health, and to raise their awareness in all aspects of their lives. They learn to appreciate all life. A martial artist dwells in integrity, self-discipline, and honor – not to be acknowledged, but to be of service to the world.” Hari-Om
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.