Instructor Profiles

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Sensei Serrian began training in Yoshukai karate in January of 2013 and received her first degree black belt in April of 2016. In April of 2018 she received her 2nd degree.  She served as instructor apprentice under Sensei Hofmeister and became Head Instructor of Athens Yoshukai Karate in November of 2016. 

Sensei Serrian cross trains in Kyuki-do and received her first degree black belt in that style in April 2017. She also studies Hapkido and is currently a purple belt. 

When not teaching Yoshukai, Sensei Serrian works as a children’s instructor at AKF Athens Martial Arts.

In day to day life, Hali strives to continue growing as a person and a martial artist.

 

Ken BlumreichKarateSenseiBlumreich

Sensei Blumreich serves as Athens Yoshukai’s ranking student. He received his first-degree blackbelt in Kyuki-Do in 1993, studying under Master Lloyd Holden in Janesville, WI.  He served as an assistant instructor for Master Holden for several years, eventually moving to Athens to open his own studio in 2000.  He received the rank of second-degree blackbelt in Kyuki-Do in 1997, promoted to third-degree in Kyuki-Do in 2002, fourth-degree in Kyuki-Do in 2007, and fifth-degree (Master) in Kyuki-Do in 2012.  He currently operates a full time school (AKF Athens Martial Arts) in Athens, GA.  He earned his Shodan in Yoshukai in June of 2008 and his Nidan in June of 2015. 

While his primary art is Kyuki-Do, he also trains extensively in judo (studying under Master Lloyd Holden, Grand Master Ok Hyung Kim and Sensei Lunsford), as well as in Yoshukai Karate.  It is Sensei Blumreich’s firm belief that the primary responsibility of any instructor is to develop the spirit, the character, and the moral fiber of students in addition to cultivating their physical abilities.

You can read more about Ken at his website: www.akfathens.com

 

Directions

The Athens Yoshukai Dojo is located at 291 Brickleberry Ridge, on Athens’ east side.

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To enter the Dojo,  go to the rear door of the house, on the bottom level

DIRECTIONS (click here for Google Maps directions):

Long but reliable (from downtown Athens):

Go east on Lexington (towards the east side Walmart)
Turn RIGHT onto Whit Davis (immediately perpendicular to the Walmart)
Continue on down Whit Davis. Go straight through the only Stop sign.
Continue down Whit Davis.  Go straight through the only stoplight.
You will see a complex Waverly Woods on your left.

The next complex is Woods of Habersham.
Turn LEFT onto Brickleberry Ridge (the complex after Waverly Woods). 
This is 0.8 miles after the stoplight.
Go down Brickleberry Ridge- the house is on the left
If you reach the end of Whit Davis, you have gone too far- turn around and go in the second complex from the end of Whit Davis.


Quick but tricky (from campus):

Go east on College Station, towards the east side Kroger
At the end of College Station, turn left onto Barnett Shoals
At the fourth stop light, turn right onto Cedar Shoals.
Go to the end of Cedar Shoals.  Turn right onto Whit Davis.
Continue down Whit Davis.  Go straight through the only stoplight.
You will see a complex Waverly Woods on your left.
The next complex is Woods of Habersham.
Turn LEFT onto Brickleberry Ridge (the complex after Waverly Woods). 
This is 0.8 miles after the stoplight.
Go down Brickleberry Ridge- the house is on the left
If you reach the end of Whit Davis, you have gone too far- turn around
and go in the second complex from the end of Whit Davis.
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Full Schedule

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We offer only adult/teen classes, which are free of charge:
Sunday  2:00-3:00pm
Monday 8:00-9:00pm
Wednesday Kubudo/Hapkido/Sparring 7:30-8:00pm
Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm
Thursday at AKF Athens  1:00-2:00pm

General Info

Athens Yoshukai was founded to teach martial arts in May 2006. Athens Yoshukai is an official dojo of the World Yoshukai Karate Kobudo Organization as directed by Master Yamamoto.KarateSerrianGeneralInfo

Some FACTS about the dojo.

Mission Statement:

We guide people along their path of self-improvement through martial arts.

Values:

  • We value excellence in knowledge (terminology, history, tradition) and execution of technique.
  • We value quality instruction, learning through teaching, and constant improvement in our pedagogical skills.
  • We value dedication to the dojo and participation in the community of the dojo and World Yoshukai Karate
  • We believe martial arts is a way of life and shouldn’t be a significant financial burden to those who wish to learn.

Vision:

  • Athens Yoshukai aspires to train the next generation of WYKKO instructors.
  • Athens Yoshukai aspires to provide a substantial support structure to the WYKKO in the form of support for events, instruction at events, physical aid during events, communication within the organization, and any other steps deemed appropriate by the Directors of the organization.
  • Athens Yoshukai aspires to coordinate, in partnership, the local Athens martial arts community to create a more positive, supportive, and welcoming community.


Dojo Rules:

  • Bow when entering and leaving the dojo.
  • Bow towards the door whenever a brown or black belt enters the dojo for the first time that day.
  • Please remove all jewelry before practice.
  • Fold your hands behind your back or let them hang by your side instead of crossing them or putting them on your hips.
  • Respect all black belts and colored belts by addressing them by their last name.
  • Address black belts as “Sensei” and their last name.
  • Please dispose of any gum before class.
  • Please use proper language in the school.