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About Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo
The Yamashita Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo was founded by Master Richard Gomez in 1975. By the middle 80's, the dojo was renamed YAMASHITA KARATE and under Master Tadashi Yamashita. Yamashita Karate Dojo is operated right here in San Antonio, TX. Since our Dojo opened in 2004, we’ve treated every student like they were a part of our Martial Arts family.
We care about sharing, teaching and empowering students of all backgrounds with the discipline of the Martial Ways.
William Hernandez, Sensei
Sensei Steven Ballenger was born February 9th, 1963 in Queens NYC. He began studying Kenshin Kan Karate-do in San Antonio Texas under Sensei Richard Gomez in the early 80's until the year 1989.
Sensei Ballenger graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Psychology, support work in Sociology and Philosophy in May 1991.
By the year 2000 Sensei had studied Shorin-Ryu, Kobudo, Taijiquan and earned multiple Yudansha (black belt ranks). Currently Sensei Ballenger practices & teaches Karate, Tai Chi and Wing Chun.
Sensei William Hernandez began his martial art journey at the young age of eight under Sensei Steven Ballenger. By the age of 17 Sensei Hernandez became a Senpai (senior student).
Sensei Hernandez is a graduate of UTSA in the fields of Accounting and Finance.
Sensei is a very dedicated and fine karateka that holds a 2nd Degree (Nidan) Black Belt in Shorin-ryu Karate-do.
Committed to helping our students achieve their dreams