The Academy and Instructors
Classes at the Academy of Okinawan Karate are taught primarily by Sensei Joey Johnston. The AOK staff includes several highly trained and experienced instructors. To learn more about our head instructors, please click on their respective link on the left. To schedule an introductory lesson with any of our instructors, please contact us at (309) 692-2499.
When people think about Peoria Karate, they think of the Academy of Okinawan Karate. The Director of the Academy of Okinawan Karate, Joseph Walker, took control of the Academy of Okinawan Karate in 1979. Since that time, we have grown to become the largest Peoria karate school. We have also become one of the most honored Karate schools in Peoria, Central Illinois, and the Midwest. The A.O.K. has won numerous awards, including being chosen one of the top 200 Martial Arts Schools in North America (at the time, there were 18,000 in the U.S. alone). In 1998, the A.O.K. opened its first satellite school in Eureka, Illinois; and in December of 2005, the A.O.K. opened its newest school in Morton, Illinois.
Our primary philosophies are embodied in our student creed:
- I will conduct myself in a manner which will reflect credit upon my self and society.
- I shall be loyal to my school and to the art it teaches.
- I shall be honest and exercise integrity, with the purpose of developing cooperation and trust with my fellow students and my teachers.
- I shall exercise restraint in the use of my Karate knowledge, employing it only in fair competition and in the defense of my life, my family, and my country.
We believe in the above creed and it embodies the philosophy for which we stand. However, this is not a boot camp, the Japanese Army, a Zen Buddhist Temple, nor a Shinto Shrine. We strive for discipline without humiliation and character development without oriental religious trappings. Personal growth is the goal to which we all aspire and continue to pursue.
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