Shihan Kiyoshi Nishime

9th Dan -

Shihan Kiyoshi Nishime is the master instructor for Nishime Martial Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky. A native of Okinawa, Japan, Shihan Nishime has over 55 years of experience in the martial arts. He moved to the United States in 1973 where he has taught thousands of students in the Greater Cincinnati area.

In 1998 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Japanese government for his contributions to martial arts. In 1999, he was recognized as National Instructor of the Year by the Amateur Athletic Union. He was awarded a Shihan Menzo certificate in Yamanni Chinen Ryu on August, 1, 1997 and received his 9th degree (Hanshi) certificate in Shimaha Shorin-ryu on March 11, 2001.

Shihan Tomohiro Arashiro

8th Dan -

Tomohiro Arashiro was born in Okinawa, Japan. As a young teenager, he and his best friend, Takeshi Matsuda started training with Ryuei Ryu 4th generation Soke, Kenko Nakaima after school. During high school they began training with Ryuei Ryu Doto Gosei Tsuguo Sakumoto as well. While attending school at the Chukyo University in Nagoya, Japan he joined the karate club and became the team captain in his fourth year. In 1979, he was selected to bring Ryuei Ryu to the United States. He is the current Pan-American Chief instructor and has been teaching and promoting Ryuei Ryu in the Pan-Americas for over 43 years. To this day, he still trains with Sakumoto sensei when he visits Okinawa

Sensei John Fonseca

5th Dan -

Sensei John Fonseca is Chief Karate Instructor and owner of Fonseca Martial Arts. Sensei Fonseca has been competing in national and international tournaments since age seven and became the first American to medal at the Karate World Championships in almost 20 years. He is the first karate athlete in the world to win repeat gold medals at the Pan American Games, a two-time World Medalist, and was the first American karate athlete to win the Paris Open in over 30 years. He currently holds a fifth degree black belt in Shotokan karate, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and a black belt in Taekwondo. His accomplishments are recognized both nationally and internationally and earned him the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Year award for three years in a row and an induction into both the USAKF’s and Black Belt Magazine’s Halls of Fame.

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