Hanshi Jerry Piddington – Grand Master Teacher
Shodan Elaine Sayre: Ms. Sayre began her study in the martial arts in Kosho Shorei Rue under Hanshi Bruce Juknick in Sacramento California at age nine, studied to green belt before leaving the area. After the birth of two sons, an opportunity to teach karate in an afterschool program called Super Kids Karate, under Master Robert Holmes provided valuable experience working with children and refreshed her martial arts abilities. In 2010, after the birth of a daughter, Ms. Sayre sought out Ashland Karate Academy for her son and quickly joined in the training of American Open Style Karate. In 2015 she began running the Little Dragons Program. In May of 2016 she took on the responsibility of managing the academies office and business needs. After five years of training with Hanshi Jerry Piddington, Elaine earned her 1st level black belt in June 2016. Elaine also practices Yoga, Escrima, Archery and is an avid Gardener.
Shihan Joey Harrington: 6th degree Black Belt. Born in Bogota, Colombia. Started Karate in 1989. Master of Kata forms and Waza techniques. Has the working knowledge of 56 Kata’s, most of any 6th degree black belt in the world.
Tashi Adam DeSimone: 3rd Degree Black Belt. Starting training under Grandmaster Piddington in 1994. Obtained 1st Degree Black in 2000. Been teaching since 2001 and earned 3rd Degree black in 2014. Also has trained under Grandmaster Danny Omega and earned a 2nd Degree Black in Kodenkan Jitsu in 2010.
Tashi Michael Bailey: 3rd degree Black Belt. Certified glass walker and arrow to neck in mind over matter. Has also studied Wing Chun, Filipino arts, and jujitsu. Enjoys many different physical activities outside of the school including bowling, football, and softball.
Tashi 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
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.
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.