A convenient hybrid program of both in person and online classes. Students can pick one of the programs or both. If you join an in-person program, you will receive access to online classes free of charge.

John Gannon Instructor

Kids Martial Arts Gaithersburg

John Gannon

7th Degree Black Belt Shin Shu Ho member

The martial arts became a part of my life in the late summer or early fall of 1992 when I walked into Kyoshi (then sensei) Polander's dojo at the Bethesda Naval Hospital Gym. It was a small room just off the basketball court. No mirrors just a glimpse now and then of your reflection in the windows. A great place to study karate. Through Kyoshi I was introduced to Taika Oyata's art. With Kyoshi as my instructor I followed Taika until his death. I had the privilege of testing in front of Taika for my Dan belts and of being a member Taika's karate family, Shin Shu Ho Ryu. This past year I had the honor of testing in front of Kyoshi Polander, Tasshi Greg Linquist, Hanshi Robert Teller and Professor Michael Bates. I received my 7th Dan. My journey continues with Kyoshi in pursuit of understanding and to keep the art of Taika Seiyu Oyata alive.

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