About Karate West
Karate West Training Centers are owned by Randy Holeman and Jan Stockton. Their first full-time training center opened in Issaquah in 1989. It had been their goal to build a martial arts school that offered not only an effective self-defense program for children and adults, but also a comprehensive program of personal growth and development. It would be the emphasis on teaching the life skills of leadership, integrity, goal setting, self-discipline and academic excellence, to name a few, that would cause the community to respond.
Outgrowing the original Issaquah facility, Karate West relocated to East Lake Sammamish in 1995 and quickly became one of the largest martial arts school in the country. A satellite school was opened on the South end of Mercer Island in August 2007. In 2014, Karate West expanded again relocating to 5828 221st Place SE in Issaquah which is now one of the largest and most up to date training facility in the country with over 9,000 square feet of expanded training floors and state of the art training equipment.
Karate West facilities are second to none offering state of the art equipment, safety mats, and large comfortable lobbies which are deep cleaned daily for your enjoyment.
Each instructor goes through an intensive training course, and only the most enthusiastic, driven, caring black belt instructors will ever lead your child’s class.
Our school is filled with wonderful families who want their children to grow up in a positive environment where values and life skills are taught as part of the core curriculum.
Shihan Randy Holeman began his martial arts training under Shihan Morris Mack in 1971. Randy holds the rank of 6th degree black belt in Shudokan Karate-do. He has also been awarded the title of Shihan (professor). Under his tutelage, over 920 students have obtained the rank of black belt. This is a first in the history of Western Washington.
Jan Stockton began training in 1986 and earned her first degree black belt in 1991. In 2009, she was awarded her 3rd degree black belt and the title of Sensei. As the co-founder of Karate West, Stockton has spent 30 years building one of the largest and most respected martial arts schools in the United States.
The art of Shudokan Karate is being taught by the American Shudokan Association (ASA) under the leadership of Shihan Morris Mack of the Yakima School of Karate. The ASA, with over 15,000 members in the Pacific Northwest, was founded by Walter Todd and Morris Mack in the 1980s. Walter Todd was a student under Yoko Takahashi who was a direct student of Kanken Toyama. Later, Kanken Toyama appointed Walter Todd as Shibu-cho (Branch Director) for the U.S., authorizing him to rank students in Shudokan (Toyama-Style) karate and direct the development of Shudokan in America.