Academy of Okinawan Karate

Taught by Shuri-ryu Chief Instructor Joey Johnston

Shihan Joseph Walker
 

1960

- Began his Study of the Martial Arts, enrolling in Judo

1968

- Began his training in Karate-Do under the students of Grandmaster Trias. (the first man to teach Karate in America)

1969

- Made his first trip to PhoenixArizona to study directly with Grandmaster Trias

1970

- Won the Midwest Championships for the first time, in the Purple Belt division against over 60 other competitors.

1973

- Became the first man promoted to ShoDan under Grandmaster Trias's Shuri-Ryu standards

1975

- Promoted to NiDan in Karate-Do

1979

- Promoted to SanDan in Karate-Do

1979

- Became Director of the Academy of Okinawan Karate, Inc.

1981

- Begins training in Kendo

1982

- Promoted to Yo-Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) in Karate-Do

1984

- Becomes certified to teach Weapons

1985

- Earns International Referee Certification; 
- Promoted to GoDan in  Karate-Do

1986

- Appointed Head Referee at World Championships;
- Member of the World Grand-Champion Bunkai team;
- Toured Asia with Grandmaster Trias;
- Threw the World Koshiki champion in first Koshiki match;
- Fought Okinawan Champion.

1987

- Won First Koshiki match in America;
- Brought Grandmaster Trias to Peoria for 1st Open Koshiki Tournament;
- Earns ShoDan in Judo under Grandmaster Trias.

1988

- Passes written test for Chief Instructor of the Shuri-Ryu system with one of the highest grade worldwide

1989

- Appointed Assistant Chief Instructor by Grandmaster Trias (1 of only 3)

1990

- Wins both Heavy Weight and Grand Championship Koshiki titles at World Championships;
- Promoted to RokkuDan in Karate-Do

1991

- Successfully defends his Grand Championship title in Koshiki at World Championships;
- Places 2nd in Kata in Masters Division

1993

- Promoted to NiDan in Judo

1994

- Competes as a Heavyweight at Tokyo World Championships

1996

- Promoted to Shishi Dan in Karate-Do

1997

- The Academy of Okinawan Karate is voted one of the top 200 Schools in North America

1999

- Takes demonstration team from Peoria to Okinawa to participate in the 10th  Matyoshi Memorial Festival, in which Shihan is asked to demonstrate Kata during the Itoman Village Festival.

2003

- Appointed Chief Instructor of Shuri-Ryu Karate-Do;
- Named to the Small Businessman's Advisory Committee by Congressman Tom Delay

2004

 

- Leads team to participate in the International Karate Seminar in Naha, Okinawa.                

- Earns Instructor Certification in Haganah Self Defense.

2005

-Introduces and Teaches Haganah at the International Shuri-ryu Association International Seminar

-Awarded the International Shuri-ryu Association First Ambassador Award for Outstanding Contributions in promoting Shuri-ryu around the nation and the world

2006

-Wins Masters Division Kata Championship at the 2006 World Championships

2007 -Repeats Masters Division Kata Championship win
2008

-Promoted to Hachi Dan (8th degree Black Belt) in Karate-Do

-Chosen to join NAPMA Inner Circle to help design the most professional ways to teach and motivate students

-Becomes a 5-time World Champion by repeating Masters Division Kata Championship win

2009 -Makes two trips to Asia to train with various karate and kobudo masters
2010

-Certified in Israeli Tactical Knife Fighting and Ground Survival

-Trains with bodyguards of the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu

-Celebrates 50th year of Martial Arts training

2011 -Took a team to Okinawa to train in Karate and Kobudo (one of two trips to Okinawa this year)
2013 -Brings Osensei Robert Bowles to Peoria for the 1st Annual Kagami-Biraki Gasshuku seminar
2014 -Introduces Nunti Bo at the International Shuri-ryu Association International Seminar
2015 -Expands the Academy of Okinawan Karate to Burleson, Texas

To be a part of Shihan Walker's karate lineage, contact us at (309) 692-2499 today!