John Egan 7-Dan
John Egan began his study of martial arts in 1961 under Tomosaburo Okano. Master Okano, who is designated a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government, awarded John Egan, in 1999 the rank of Fifth Degree Black Belt. He also trained with Takashi Akusawa-Sensei. Over the years, John Egan has studied various other combat arts, such as Shao-Lin Chuan (Chinese Boxing), Taijutsu (grappling), Kenjutsu (Japanese combative swordsmanship), Iaido (the systematized Japanese art of drawing the sword, cutting, and returning the sword to the scabbard), and Kyudo (Japanese archery), as well as Zen and Korean Taoist.
In 2012, Kancho Tomokatsu Okano, Chief Instructor of the Shotokan Kenkojuku Budokan Karate-Do in Tokyo, while on tour of the various member Kenkojuku dojo in California and the East Coast, promoted John Egan Sensei to rank of Shihan, Seventh Degree Black Belt.
Janine Marr Authorized 4-Dan Chief Instructor
Janine Marr was born and raised in the Bay Area. She started her Karate training in 2000 with Shihan Egan at the Marin Shotokan Karate Dojo. Due to constant participation and persistent efforts for over 18 years, Janine is well versed and knowledgeable in the teaching of Kenkojuku Shotokan Karate from the basics, to Kumite, Kihon, Kobudo and Kata. Her desire for constant self improvement is reinforced by constant attendance at local Shotokan seminars and recently with a trip to Hachioji, Japan, for the Honbu 75th Anniversary Celebration (watch the video) to study Kenkojuku Karate with Kancho Okano.
Nicolo Caldera Authorized 3-Dan Instructor
Nicolo Caldera grew up in Italy and was first introduced to Shotokan Karate at the age of twelve under the coaching of European & World Champion Bruno Demichelis at the CSKS Shotokan Karate Dojo, part the FESIKA Federation. In those days, Shotokan was taught with an extreme hard approach, often including full contact. As a young teen this harshness was overwhelming and he subsequently decided to move to other sports. As bad as the initial experience of Shotokan felt, the exposure he had to the Shotokan discipline was never completely forgotten. Hence in 2003 in Corte Madera, he started training again under the coaching of Sensei Mayer Parry within the SKIF Shotokan style. In 2009 he joined the Shotokan Kenkojuku Karate-Do under the guidance of Shihan John Egan where he continues to be a part of.