Sensei Joseph Johnston
Sensei Johnston has been training in Shuri-Ryu Karate at the Academy of Okinawan Karate since 1990. He is a Godan, or 5th-degree Black Belt, in Shuri-ryu Karatedo, as well as a Brown Belt in Judo. Mr. Johnston was the first double World Champion from The Academy of Okinawan Karate, having won World Titles in both Brown Belt Koshiki (fighting in Armor) and Grappling in 1997. He has also won the Midwest Championship in Kata in both 2003 and 2004 and the Grand Championship in the Shuri Cup in 2008.
Sensei Johnston's Bio
1990 - Began training at the Academy of Okinawan Karate.
1992 - Earned 3rd Place in Kids kata at the world Championships in New Orleans.
- Voted Most Improved student by the Instructors of the AOK.
1997 - Won World Championship in Kid Koshiki (fighting in armor).
- Won World Championship in Kids Grappling.
2000 - At age 15, becomes the youngest person ever promoted to Sho Dan.
(1st Degree Black Belt) at the AOK.
2002 - Earns Best Kata Competitor Award at the AOK.
- Earns 2nd place in Koshiki at the World Championships.
- Voted Best Instructor by the students of the AOK.
2003 - Wins Black Belt division in Kata at the Midwest Championships.
- Voted Best Instructor for the second time by the students of the AOK.
2004 - Wins Black Belt division in Kata for a second time at the
- Earns 2nd Place in Black Belt Koshiki at the World Championships.
- Promoted to Ni Dan in Karate-Do by Shihan Joseph Walker.
- Voted Best Instructor for the third year by the Students of the AOK.
2005 - Appointed Sensei of the Academy's Eureka Dojo by Shihan Walker.
2006 - Earned 2nd Place in the prestigious International Shuri Cup Black Belt Kata Tournament
2007 - Promoted to SanDan (3rd degree Black Belt)
2008 - Earned 1st place in the International Shuri Cup Black Belt Kata Tournament
2009 - Accompanied Shihan Joseph Walker on a tour of Okinawa
2010 - Won 3rd and 4th degree division at the Shuri Cup
- Passed Chief Instructor of Shuri-ryu written exam with the highest score
- Promoted to Yondan by Shihan Walker
2011 - Passed Chief Instructor physical exam, formally enters the pool for potential Chief Instructor
2012 - Unanimously voted to Assistant Chief Instructor of the Shuri-ryu System
2015 - Inducted into the Robert Bowles Budo International Society
2016 - Unanimously voted to Chief Instructor of the Shuri-ryu System
- Promoted to Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) by Shihan Walker