Suibukan of Indiana, LLC
3612 Mishawaka Ave - South Bend, IN 46615 - 574.288.2258


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Midwest Karate Academy was founded in Mishawaka, IN in 1964 by Tadashi Yamashita and James Ninios. The school has been in continuous operation for over 50 years, and is believed to be the one of the oldest dojos in the United States. In 1977, Sensei Jerry Wroblewski took over the school from Sensei Ninios. Sensei Wroblewski retired from day to day operations in 2016, turning the school over to Senseis Bengtsson and Gravender. They adopted the name Suibukan of Indiana to honor the tradition of Sensei Yamashita. Suibukan is the name of his association, which translates to "school of the warrior who moves like water."


Tadashi Yamashita

James Ninios

Jerry Wroblewski

We are the 3rd generation of Midwest Karate Academy, a martial arts school in South Bend, IN. It was founded by Hanshi Tadashi Yamashita and Sensei James Ninios over 50 years ago. Kyoshi Jerry Wroblewski ran it for over 40 of those years. Today, Shihan Kris Gravender and Shidoin Brian Bengtsson continue its legacy and tradition as Suibukan of Indiana, an homage to Osensei Yamashita's organization.

Suibukan of Indiana is an affiliate martial arts school of Yamashita International Budo Association