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About Shorin-ryu KARATE
The YAMASHITA 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 are mostly concerned & care about sharing, teaching and empowering students of all backgrounds with the discipline of SHORIN-RYU KARATE & TAIJIQUAN. Our dojo is a positively peaceful family oriented atmosphere.

Sensei - Teacher
​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 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).

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