Sensei - 5th Dan
Sensei Jason began his martial arts training in October of 1988 in Indiana. In 1995, he began training with Mr. Jackson Sr., 8th Dan at Jackson's Karate Institute. Sensei Jason was promoted to his 1st degree Black Belt, Shodan, in 1998. While training at Jackson's Karate Institute, Sensei Jason began attending annual training in Shorinryu Karate, and in 2001 decided to transition to Shorinryu. In 2003, he fully transitioned and began teaching Shorinryu Karate. Sensei Jason served in the US Air Force from 1999 to 2007, during which time he trained military members in martial arts and defensive tactics.
In September 2008, Sensei Jason opened Goldsboro Okinawa Karatedo Dojo, which is a chartered dojo of the Okinawa Karatedo Shorinryu Ryukyukan Karate Kobudo Federation under Hanshi Judan Koei Nohara in Okinawa, Japan. Sensei Jason is also an AAU Karate National Referee. In 2016, Sensei Jason completed the book Can't Never Could, Lesson: Confidence, which Sensei Hannah (Illustrator) and he worked on together for several years. The book is available on Amazon here and for retail at the dojo. In 2019, Sensei Jason assisted in publishing Sensei Nohara's book in English, which is also available on Amazon here.
Sensei - 3rd Dan
Sensei Anne began her martial arts training in March of 1998 in Indiana, where she met her future husband, Sensei Jason, at Jackson's Karate Institute. In 2000, Sensei Jason and Sensei Anne were married, and Sensei Anne relocated to Montana with Sensei Jason.
In 2001, Sensei Anne was promoted to her Shodan with Jackson's Karate Institute. In 2005, Sensei Anne began training in Shorinryu Karate and was promoted to her Shodan in 2007. In 2011, she was promoted to 2nd degree Black Belt, Nidan, by Hanshi Judan Koei Nohara. Sensei Anne is also a fully accredited North Carolina Teacher, teaching at Rosewood Elementary School.
Sensei Anne is the Head Coach of our national competition team, Team GOKarate, and an AAU National Karate Technical Coach. In November 2014, Sensei Anne was promoted to 3rd degree Black Belt, Sandan, by Hanshi Nohara in Dixon, California. She also leads our Shisa (4 to 6-year-old) program.
Sensei - 2nd Dan
Sensei Hannah began her Karate training under her father and mother, Sensei Jason and Sensei Anne. She trained with her father when she was three-years-old, but began her official training when Sensei Jason opened the Goldsboro Okinawa Karatedo Dojo at the Goldsboro YMCA.
Sensei Hannah has competed in AAU Karate since 2011 and won numerous gold, silver, and bronze medals. She was also selected as a member of the AAU/USA National Karate Team and competed at the 2016 WUKF World Championships in Dublin, Ireland taking 4th Place in Kata after losing a tough 3rd place tiebreaker.
In June 2017, Sensei Hannah attended the Ryukyukan Gasshuku in Okinawa, Japan, and was promoted to Shodan by Hanshi Nohara and the Okinawa Karatedo Shorinryu Karate Kobudo Federation. She also competed in the 25th All Ryukyus Full Contact Karate Tournament, taking 2nd in Kobudo and 3rd in Kata and Full Contact Kumite. Sensei Hannah was also diagnosed with lupus in October 2017. Since her diagnosis, she has continued karate training and became an Ambassador Advocate with the Lupus Foundation of America, www.lupus.org. Visit her YouTube channel, Butterfly Warrior.