Yamashita Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo
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About Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo
The Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo was founded by Sensei Richard Gomez in 1975. By the middle 80's, the dojo was renamed YAMASHITA KARATE in honor of Sensei Tadashi Yamashita. Yamashita Karate Dojo is now operated here in San Antonio Texas under Sensei Steven Ballenger. Since our Dojo opened in 2004, we’ve evolved in mind, body and spirit in this unique form of self defense. We also have group and private lessons in Taijiquan and Wing Chun. 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. Sensei also teaches Kick-Boxing Classes to families in our San Antonio community.
Private Classes in Karate, Taijiquan & Wing Chun