Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo
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About our Dojo
The Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo in San Antonio Texas was founded by Master Richard Gomez in 1975 under Gomez Martial Arts. By the middle 80's, the dojo was renamed YAMASHITA KARATE. Sensei Gomez developed a traditional karate dojo that still teaches his basic Shorin-ryu Karate system today. 

We care about sharing, teaching and empowering students of all backgrounds with the discipline of Shorin-ryu Karate & Tai Chi. 

Our dojo is a positively peaceful family oriented atmosphere. 

Steven Ballenger, Sensei
Justin Hernandez, Senpai
Steven Ballenger Sensei was born February 9th, 1963 and began studying Kenshin Kan Karate in San Antonio Texas at Gomez Martial Arts Center as the (Senpai) apprentice of Sensei Richard Gomez in the early 80's. By the year 1991 Sensei Ballenger graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Psychology, support work in Sociology and Philosophy. By the year 2000 Sensei had studied Shorin-Ryu, Kobudo, Taijiquan and earned multiple Yudansha (black belt ranks).

Currently Sensei teaches and practices Karate, Tai Chi and Wing Chun. 

Justin Hernandez Senpai began Shorin-ryu Karate at the age of 16. He earned his 1st degree black belt after 3 years of study and is the assistant instructor. Senpai teaches 4 classes per day and is the most dedicated karateka Sensei Ballenger has ever taught. Senpai plans to become a Sensei in the next several years. We are fortunate to have him at our dojo.
Committed to helping our students achieve their dreams