JKA of PhoenixSM

Traditional Shotokan Karate affiliated with Japan Karate Association World Federation

Sensei Shawn Sample

Our Chief Instructor is Sensei Shawn Sample, he was born in Massachusetts, but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, where he started training in January of 1977. Sensei moved to Phoenix in 1980 to pursue his Karate training under the direction of Sensei Shojiro Koyama. He is now a 6th Dan rank under JKA, and continues to study under Master Koyama.

Sensei has 40 years of Karate experience as a competitor, teacher, and a student. In earlier years, he competed in several tournaments. He is a former US ISKF/JKA National Kumite Champion (1998) and a seven year member of the US National Karate Team. He has competed in four World Shoto Cup Tournaments. He retired from competition in 1998.


Some of Sensei's Accomplishments include:


1986 21st Annual Western States Karate Championship, 1st Place Team Kumite

1987 5th Annual Southwest Invitational Karate Championships, 1st Place Kumite

1989 8th Annual Glendale Invitational Tournament, 1st Place Kumite and 2nd Place Kata

1990 8th Annual Southwest Invitational Karate Championships, 1st Place Kumite

1990 Sanseido Mesa Invitational Tournament, 2nd Place Kumite and 2nd Place Kata

1990 9th Annual Glendale Invitational Tournament, 3rd Place Kata

1991 9th Annual Southwest Invitational Karate Championships, 1st Place Kumite

1991 10th Annual Glendale Invitational Karate Championships, 1st Place Kumite and Best Competitor

1991 ISKF & Collegiate National Karate Tournament, Miami Fl, 2nd Place Kumite

1991 Sanseido Invitational Tournament, 1st Place Kata and 1st Place Kumite

1991 2do Torneo de Karate Shotokan, Juarez-El Paso, 1st Place Kumite and 2nd Place Kata

1992 4th World Shoto Cup Tournament, member of USA Team, Tokyo Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, placed in final sixteen in Kumite

1992 ISKF Nationals, Anchorage, Alaska, 3rd Place Kumite

1992 Sanseido Invitational Tournament, 2nd Place Kata

1993 Western States Karate Championships, 1st Place Kumite

1993 Mesa Karate Invitational Tournament, 3rd Place Kumite

1993 4to Torneo Karate-Do Shotokan, Juarez, Mexico, 2nd Place Team Kumite

1993 3ra Copa Shotokan Karate, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1st Place Kumite and 2nd Place Kata

1994 Western States Karate Championships, 1st Place Kumite

1994 5th World Shoto Cup Tournament, member of USA Team, Philadelphia USA, placed in the final eight in Kumite

1994 ISKF Nationals, 2nd Place Kumite, and 2nd Place Team Kumite

1994 La Salle Shotokan Karate Tournament, Cd. Obregon, Mexico, 1st Place Kumite

1994 5to Torneo Internacional Shotokan, 1st Place Kumite

1996 6th World Shoto Cup Tournament, member of USA Team, Osaka Japan, placed in the final eight in Kumite

1996 1st Annual Arizona Shotokan Karate Championships, 1st Place Kumite and 2nd Place Kata

1997 2nd Annual Arizona Shotokan Karate Championships, 1st Place Kumite

1998 7th World Shoto Cup Tournament, member of USA Team, Paris France

1998 16th Annual Glendale Karate Championships, Best Competitor

1998 Nationals International Shotokan Karate Federation, 1st Place Kumite


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