Bruce Kanegai, Godan (5th degree black belt), began training in 1965 at Santa Monica dojo. His early years were tough but he displayed tremendous energy, spirit, and warmth at practice and Special Training where he became an inspirational senior. Bruce started the CSUN karate club with Chris Hunt in 1970 and the Simi / Moorpark club in 1974. Since then, Bruce has developed a large following of Simi karate students who have also taken his art classes and backpacking courses. He has achieved many Art Education awards for teaching Art at Simi Valley High School. In 1976, Bruce received the International Rotary Fellowship Grant to study in France for a year where he became well connected with our international dojos. He also taught Police Officer Survival with Jordan Roth and Robert Downey. Seeking out new challenges in 1980, Bruce ran the 220 mile John Muir Trail in the Sierra Mountains to set a new record. The following year, he was selected as the SKA Western Region Man of the Year for his contributions to the organization. During 2003, he survived a terrible rattlesnake bite that almost took his life and was the subject of a documentary. Bruce is also famous for his inspirational participation on the CBS television show “Survivor-Panama”. He wrote the SKA 30th and 50th Anniversary Album. When not practicing, Bruce enjoys spending time with his wife and family, traveling and connecting with his many fans at speaking engagements and charity events. There’s never a dull moment!
Danny Morales, yodan (4th degree black belt), began training in 1966 at Cal State Long Beach University under Caylor Adkins. Danny is an elementary school teacher in the Oxnard School District. In the past, he has taught on the military bases in Germany. Danny is a valuable instructor with his knowledge, techniques and strong mentality…
Lee Quintanar, Yodan (4th degree black belt), began training in 1974 at Simi Shotokan. Previously he had trained in Aikido and Tae Kwon Do. He has practiced and lived near the university Shotokan clubs atColorado State at Boulder, Stanford, Arizona State, and Notre Dame. Lee also has participated in international Shotokan events in Israel, Japan, and Curacao. He was privileged to receive his Yodan in 2010 from Mr. Ohshima. Lee works in the technology and communications industries, has a side business, and enjoys salsa dancing and spending time with family and friends.
Peyton Glover, Nidan (2nd degree black belt), began training in 1969 with Godan Ron Thom. At that time the SKA was the Southern California Karate Association. After completing high school and his military service, he began training with Godan Bruce Kanegai in 1977. When not practicing, he enjoys time with his family and works as an independent financial adviser.
Kathy Stewart, Nidan (2nd degree black belt), began training in 2001 under Bruce Kanegai. As an outstanding fighter, she represented SKA on the USA team at the 2010 worldwide international competition in Israel. She has also participated in the Canadian SKC competition in Vancouver and in France in 2014. Kathy is a regular at the yearly Nisei Week karate competition (oldest USA karate competition) and we are privileged to have her as part of our dojo and as an outstanding co-instructor especially with our karate kids.
Will Christopher, Black belt, started training with JKA in 1978 under Hidetaka Nishiyama and passed his Yondan exam in 2000. He trained in Iaido with Toshishiro Obata and obtained a 4th kyu. Moreover, Will has a brown level in judo and trained in the mixed martial art of Brazilian ninjutsu. After an eight year break, Will started with Simi Shotokan and is enjoying a focus on timing and basics. He is an Elementary school teacher for the LAUSD. If you have the right timing, you will always be successful. Inner spirit is key and makes the difference in surviving every aspect of life.
Visiting Black Belts – Simi Valley Shotokan Karate Dojo is fortunate to often receive visiting black belts who share and add their experience in the strong spirit of our practices. These include Danny Morales (Yodan), April Warynick (Sandan), Jim Martin (Shodan), and more. Recently we hosted a Simi practice and visit from Godan Eli Cohen from Israel Shotokan who is writing a book about Mr. Ohshima.