Instructors

Instructors

Our Class Instructors:

We are pleased to introduce the instructors of the HQ FSKA Dojo. Our goal is to provide skilled, friendly and trusted instructors who are role models both inside and outside the Dojo. Thank you to all of our instructors for their time and effort. We would like to acknowledge all who have helped make FSKA successful over the years.

Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi FSKA Founder and Advisor

Shihan Kenneth Yoshinobu Funakoshi, founder and advisor of the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association is fourth cousin to Master Gichin Funakoshi – the founder of Modern Shotokan. 1938: Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 4th 1948: Began Judo under Arazaki Sensei 1956–59: Attended the University of Hawaii after winning a swimming scholarship. Continued training in Judo and…

Sensei Kyle Funakoshi FSKA Chief Instructor

Kyle Yoshinobu Funakoshi was born on April 21, 1973 in Honolulu, Hawaii. When he was five years old, he began training in 1978 under his father, Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi at the original main dojo (Puck’s Alley) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Shihan Funakoshi trained directly under Japan Karate Association (JKA) instructors Asai and Kanazawa Senseis. As a…

Sensei Akio Sekino Senior Instructor

Sensei Akio Sekino was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1946. While in Japan, he practiced the Art of Judo and received his Shodan (First Degree Black Belt). In 1972 he was selected to transfer to the United States, and in 1981 he began his study of Shotokan Karate under Sensei Okimura and Sensei Lafferty at…

Sensei Garry Cross Senior Instructor

Karate Qualifications 1969: Began Tae Kwon Do training at West Valley College 1971: Began Shotokan Karate training under Okimura Sensei 1977: Awarded 1st Dan by Shihan Funakoshi 1979: Awarded 2nd Dan by Shihan Funakoshi 1983: Awarded 3rd Dan by Shihan Funakoshi 1988: Awarded 4th Dan by Shihan Funakoshi 1992: Awarded 5th Dan by Shihan Funakoshi…

Sensei Aaron Booker Senior Instructor

Current Rank – Rokudan

Sempai Lino Suson Assistant Instructor

Current Rank – Yondan

Sempai George Chow Assistant Instructor

Sempai George Chow started Goju-ryu karate training during his high school senior year in 1971. Then he practiced karate intermittently through college and early employment years.He restarted as a white belt under FSKA Milpitas in 1988 and have been with the dojo ever since. He received his godan ranking in 2013.

Sempai Steve Sedler Personnel and Assistant Instructor

Sempai Steve Sedler graduated from Stanford University in 1968 and served in the US Marine Corps from 1968 – 1971.  After earning his Master’s Degree in Accounting in 1973, he began a professional career as a CPA and Finance Executive, retiring in December 2014.  His training in Shotokan Karate began in December 1993 when he…

Sempai Rolando Tolibas Jr. Assistant Instructor

Sempai Rolando Tolibas was born in 1970 in the Philippines. He graduated as a Computer Engineer in 1992 and has since worked in the tech industry with companies like NEC, Pacific Bell, Cisco, and Juniper Networks. He began his karate training with JKA during his second year of high school and continuing through college. When…

Sempai Milton Hernandez Assistant Instructor

Sempai Milton Hernandez was born January 20, 1972 in El Salvador and relocated to California and graduated from SJSU in 1996. Being a school teacher with the Alum Rock School District for many years, his patience has carried over to teaching the youth class at the Milpitas dojo. His introduction to karate began in the…

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