Sensei Dan Cole is a native of Longview, Texas. He started his Martial Arts training on January 25, 1985 at the age of 14. He retired from the U.S. Navy on June 30, 2015 after 23 years of service.
He has been training for over 34 years and is an 8th Degree Black Belt in Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu with the Mendocino Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate Association. He also holds Black Belts in TaeKwonDo (1st Degree) and Tang Soo Do (2nd Degree). He taught in San Diego California from May 1995 – May 2015 for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.
Sensei Dan was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008 as Master of the Year and in 2013 with the Silver Life Award. He has received 3 meritorious awards to include the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal from the US Navy for his involvement with teaching Karate classes for the community.
Sensei Dan’s goal in life is to continue teaching and training in Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu and promoting the spirit of the Martial Arts. He is willing to teach anyone who is willing to learn and believes the in quote “Karate is a lifelong Marathon”.
"Among my many goals in the Martial Arts, I strive to promote discipline, honor, teamwork and respect toward education, family and each other."
Organizations Involved With:
Co-Vice President - Mendocino Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate Association (MOSKA)
Texas State Representative - American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts (ATAMA)
World Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association (WOSKKA)
Shorin Ryu Karate Do International (SRKDI)
1987 - Ranked 8th in both National and Regional Tournaments by the United States TaeKwonDo Federation.
1996 - Received Letter of Appreciation from Captain T.V. McCully, U.S. Navy, for teaching Martial Arts to the youth of San Diego.
1996 – Awarded “Outstanding Instructor” by South Bay Tang Soo Do in San Diego, CA.
1997 – Received Certificate of Appreciation from William Penn Elementary School for Martial Arts demonstration in honor of Principal Mark Mendoza.
1997 – Received Certificate of Appreciation from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s P.A.L. for volunteering at 1st Annual P.A.L. Youth Karate Tournament.
2008 – Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master of the Year.
2010 – Received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for providing over 2,500 hours of instruction to the San Diego Parks and Recreations Department.
2013 - Presented with the Silver Life award from the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
About the Instructors
1st Degree Black Belt
American Karate Do
Sensei Dan Cole
8th Degree Black Belt
Sempai Bakshita was born in Nepal, India and raised in Lindale, Texas. She started her Martial Arts training on May 19, 2016 at the age of 10. She is a very dedicated and hard working student training 7-10 hours a week in the dojo and after long hours of training and helping with classes she was promoted to Assistant Instructor in December 2017 and now assist Sensei Dan with the kids and adults classes. Sempai Bakshita has been working extremely hard to get to where she is today. In addition to her martial arts training Bakshita is also involved in dance classes.
Sempai Bakshita has been a true blessing to the American Karate Do Dojo and to the students she works with. Her passion for the martial arts show in every class.
Among her goals in the Martial Arts is to one day open her own dojo and share her knowledge.