SENSEI TAKAYUKI MIKAMI, 9TH DAN
Chief Instructor, Louisiana Karate Association
Founder & Chief Instructor, Japan Karate Association/American Federation
Senior Technical Adviser, Japan Karate Association Headquarters
Sensei Takayuki Mikami, a native of Japan, is the first graduate of the Instructor Training Program of the Japan Karate Association (JKA), the largest and most influential karate organization in the world. He became the first certified instructor sent overseas by the JKA when he moved to New Orleans in 1965 to promote Shotokan karate training in the United States.
Sensei Mikami developed karate training in the Southern region by creating the All South Karate Association in 1965 and hosting the annual All South Tournament in New Orleans, now the longest running traditional karate tournament in the United States.
JERRY KATTAWAR, 7TH DAN
Beginner & Intermediate Class Instructor
Jerry began training under Sensei Kattawar Sr. and Sensei Mikami in 1970. He was the youngest person at the time to receive a junior black belt under the JKA in the United States. Jerry has competed and Won at the National and International level in many
organizations that include: ISKF, AAU, USAKF, WUKO, and PUKO. He was a member of the U.S. Team from 1985-1993, and served as team captain in 87-89. Representing the U.S. in five World and three Pan American championships (Sydney, Cairo, Budapest, Japan, France, Brazil, and Canada). Highest individual honors include, Bronze- World Cup, Gold- Pan American. Jerry previously taught for eight years at Delta State University while attending College and earning his Bachelor degree in Business. He produced several ISKF,AAU, USAKF, and Collegiate National champions. He is a certified instructor, examiner & judge. He has retired from UPS after a career of 36 years in management. Jerry with experience, leadership, and enthusiasm teaches strong basics that can be applied and built upon. He looks to motivate and develop individuals to reach their full potential.
FATHI JARUSHI, 6TH DAN
Advanced Class Assistant Instructor
Fathi Jarushi began karate in Jordan and spent 8+ years training in Japan at the JKA Headquarters and in the formidable university clubs before meeting his wife, Cathy, and coming to train with Sensei Mikami in Louisiana. He now trains at the LKA alongside his wife and son. Fathi advanced classes challenge the mind & body to forge strong technique & spirit.
MARIA HRABEC, 6TH DAN
Maria began training in 1989 and earned her black belt in 1991. Maria has competed and placed in many regional & international competitions. She is an internationally certified instructor, examiner & judge. In her classes, you will build a strong base of fundamentals as she gradually introduces new techniques or concepts through explanation and exercises.
DOUG WALSH, 4TH DAN
Youth Program Instructor
Doug has been one of Sensei Mikami’s longest continuously training students. He has traveled to Japan to train several times and has a comprehensive understanding of techniques and concepts which he is able to convey to youth through training drills and individualized attention. Doug will work with your child to develop proper karate techniques, while having fun and learning the rewards of diligent practice in the art. Read more here.
JOHNNY CALUDA, 6TH DAN
Johnny (left) began training at LKA in 1972, right after Bruce Lee’s Green Hornet series aired on television. He earned his black belt in 1975 and began to excel in competition. He won the All South Championships multiple times and was a National Champion and member of the U.S. Team. Now, he is a coach on the U.S. National Team. His teaching focuses on managing the distance and timing for sparring or self-defense.
CATHY JARUSHI, 6TH DAN
Cathy began training at LKA at age 14 and has practiced diligently since. Dedicated to improving, she moved to Japan, the birthplace of karate, at age 19 and lived and trained in several dojos under the world's top masters. Cathy's teaching style incorporates fun and challenging drills to train for real-world scenarios, always with a positive & traditional karate attitude. Read interview here.
ARMAND GIARUSSO, 5TH DAN
Day Class Instructor
Armand (right) brings 30+ years of experience to his instruction. He is an excellent karate technician and can instruct students how to engage particular energy pathways to generate more power. While teaching basics, forms or partner work, he always emphasizes self-defense application for any attack.
KELLAN LYMAN, 4TH DAN
Women's Class Instructor
Kellan began training in 1999 in Atlanta. In 2013, she moved to New Orleans to train at LKA with Sensei Mikami and further her karate aspirations. She is a member of the US Team and has competed internationally in Japan, Philippines & Colombia. Read interview here.
TIFFANY TOBIN, 2ND DAN
Youth Class Assistant Instructor
Tiffany has been training for 10+ years and has been a member of the US team several times. She continually practices and has a passion for working with kids and sharing her love of karate with them.
AJ JARUSHI, 1ST DAN
Youth Class Assistant Instructor
AJ, on the right scoring the point in the above photo, has karate in his blood with 2 black belt parents and has been training for 10+ years. He is a member of the US Team and competed in the World Cup in Aug 17. He has a passion for teaching youth and using fun drills & conditioning exercises