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Instructors

M. Hanjani - 5th Dan, JKA
Certified Instructor
Active Experience, 35 Years

 

Mr. Hanjani, a 5th Dan Certified Instructor, currently serves as the Chief Instructor at JKA Virginia (JKAVA).

He initiated his karate journey in 1988 at the Japan Karate Association of Virginia and achieved a significant milestone by successfully completing Sensei Mori's A class instructor course at the JKA of New York, the official headquarters of the "Japan Karate Association" in the United States, thus bringing a wealth of expertise to his role.
http://www.jkany.org

Alongside his martial arts pursuits, Mr. Hanjani has served as an IT specialist at the Smithsonian Institution for the past 18 years. Despite being 63 years old, Sensei Hanjani not only sustains a personal passion for accomplishing goals but also dedicates his time with enthusiasm to assisting others in achieving theirs.

He has been training and participating in the different camps and seminars conducted by many world known masters and instructors such as:


Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama
Sensei Sugiura Motokuni
Sensei Masataka Mori
Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda
Sensei Y. Tabata
Sensei Yoshiharu Osaka
Sensei Massaki Ueki 
and many more ...

Michael Burnham - 4th Dan, JKA
Certified Instructor
Active Experience, 29 Years

 

Michael Burnham began training in karate at the University of Connecticut JKA Karate Club in 1994.  He is a graduate of Master Masataka Mori’s Shotokan Karate Do International Instructor Course in New York City. 
 

JKA Certified D level Instructor, Examiner and Judge.
 

He has competed in JKA regional and international tournaments. 

 

Lia Burnham - 4th Dan, JKA
Certified Instructor
Active Experience, 28 Years

Lia Burnham began training in karate at the University of Connecticut JKA Karate Club in 1995.  She is a graduate of Master Masataka Mori’s Shotokan Karate Do International Instructor Course in New York City. 
 
JKA Certified D level Instructor, Examiner and Judge.

She has competed in JKA regional and international tournaments, placing in Women’s Kumite, Men’s Team Kumite, Women’s Kata and Team Kata.  At the 2014 SKDI Spring Championships, she placed First in Women’s Black Belt Kumite.

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