Washington Karate Schedule News & Events

WKA Ballard Dojo
Instructors


Sensei Day

Matthew Day, 5th degree black belt, has been an instructor with the Washington Karate Association for over 30 years. Active within the karate community as an instructor, athlete, and official, his list of accomplishments include: Former United States National Karate Team Member, National and International Champion, Pan American Official, USA-National Karate-Do Federation Athlete Representative, and Chairman of the International Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu Organizing Committee. Outside of martial arts, he enjoys cultivating his fruit and vegetable garden, competing in online chess matches, and playing guitar at local venues with his Seattle hard rock band Crawler.

Sensei Gutierrez

Sheryl Gutierrez Day, 4th degree black belt, has been an instructor with the Washington Karate Association for over 20 years. She also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Active within the karate community as an instructor, athlete, and official, her list of accomplishments include: Former United States National Karate Team Member, National Champion, International Competitor, and Pan American Official. She holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Washington School of Information and is President and a Founding Member of the KATA Fund nonprofit organization. Outside of martial arts, she enjoys slow cooking, spending time with family, and finding ways to combine new digital technologies with her traditional fine arts background.

WKA Ballard Dojo
Black Belts


Sempai Ken

Ken Ballenger, 2nd degree black belt, is a prolific actor both on screen and in local comedy improvisation shows. Retired from the insurance industry, amongst his many accomplishments, Ken is a former Husky Football Team Captain and is an award-winning competitive chainsaw carver.

Sempai Munya

Munya Chiro, 1st degree black belt, started training with the Washington Karate at the age of 5. He taught in the Kinder Karate program and was an assistant in the After School Program. Now in his final year at Washington State University, he was awarded a prestigious Microsoft Young Entrepreneurs Fellowship.

Sempai SJ

SJ Chiro, 2nd degree black belt, is an independent film producer. Her first feature-length film, Lane 1974, has garnered much attention during its 2017 premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin TX, and is making its debut with sold-out screenings in the Pacific Northwest at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

Sempai Kinsey

Kinsey Frick, 1st degree black belt, started training with the Washington Karate as one of the original students at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Karate Club in 2005 taught by Sensei Gutierrez. Kinsey is a scientist and scuba diver at NOAA-NWFSC. She is also a certified First Aid CPR Safety Training Instructor.

Sempai Paul

Paul Gutierrez, 1st degree black belt, is a financial analyst. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is an avid runner. He is also a three-time, award-winning chili cookoff champion. In the summer, he teaches a special Jiu Jitsu seminar to kids in the Karate Summer Camps.

Sempai Mary Kay

Mary Kay, 3rd degree black belt, is an acclaimed Veterinarian. Dr. Hilmoe, co-owner of The Family Pet in Seattle, WA, received the 2016 Veterinarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding career in veterinary medicine and service to her community and profession.

Sempai Jim

Jim Larson, 1st degree black belt, owns an independent window cleaning business. He is a longtime Washington Karate Ballard Dojo practitioner and dedicates much of his time and efforts towards volunteer work and community service.

Sempai Juniper

Juniper Remmerde, 1st degree black belt, is a former manager of the Washington Karate Ballard Dojo. She is an elementary school teacher and enjoys working with young children helping them to love learning through exploring their creativity.

Sempai Daren

Daren Rogers, 1st degree black belt, is a successful businessman in the housing and real estate industry. He is always quick to volunteer his time and service to helping those around him and towards making improvements to the Washington Karate dojos.

Sempai Nathaniel

Nathaniel Schroeder, 1st degree black belt, has been training with the Washington Karate since the age of 4. He is currently completing his first year at Shoreline Community College. Nathaniel is an assistant in the After School Karate Program and the Kinder Karate Program.

Sempai Patrice

Patrice Staiger, 3rd degree black belt, is a long-time advanced registered nurse practitioner. She is a founding member of and served as President of the KATA Fund nonprofit organization. She is also a fine artist and can often be found biking in Seattle.

Sempai Brian Steiner

Brian Steiner, 2nd degree black belt, is a longtime Seattle real estate agent. He is also an accomplished percussionist playing in several bands, most notably in the successful Seattle band Jr. Cadillac.