About Our Karate Master in Kalamazoo, MI
James Thompson is the president of Uechi Ryu Karate Do Kokusai Kyokai. Sensei Thompson has over 50 years of experience in martial arts and currently holds the rank of Hanshi Ju-Dan.
Sensei Thompson has spent 10 years in Okinawa, which exposed him to some of the best martial artists in the world today. Not only has he become proficient in Uechi-Ryu Karate, he has also trained in Okinawan Kobudo, Aikido, Judo, Tang Soo Do, and other Asian martial arts. Our karate master in Kalamazoo, MI, has also been involved in anti-terrorist training and other government special operations units.
The Thompsons believe that all people can benefit from karate lessons. They have taught people of all ages—from children to senior citizens—as well as people of all physical conditions. Our style of teaching emphasizes patience and respect for the individual while maintaining a realistic approach to self-defense and traditional Uechi-Ryu Karate Do. If you find yourself wondering, “Are there martial arts classes near me?” contact us today.
Our mission is to impact the lives of people of all ages with the positive benefits of martial arts training and to create a healthy lifestyle by building a positive mind, body, and spirit. We strive to live by the values of respect, courtesy, honor, and loyalty. We strive for the highest standards of excellence in teaching, developing well-rounded students mentally and physically. We want to teach students to expand their knowledge and develop into becoming proficient students and instructors.