O'Sensei Tadashi Yamashita is the head of Midwest Karate Academy. He founded the dojo in 1964. O'Sensei lives in California, and runs dojos worldwide. O'Sensei returns to Mishawaka routinely to teach us. He is seen here at his 50th dojo anniversary seminar.
Sensei Jerry Wrobleski (right) ran Midwest Karate Academy from 1977 to 2016, when he retired from day to day operations. He continues to teach, and is currently 9th Degree Shorin-ryu Karatedo and 6th Degree Kobudo (weapons). He is seen here training with Sensei John Sorg, also 9th Degree.
Sensei Kris Gravender holds ranks of 4th Degree Shorin-ryu Karatedo, 3rd Degree Kobudo (weapons), and 1st Degree Aikido. He and Sensei Brian Bengtsson run MKA, and Sensei Kris teaches the majority of classes.
Mr. Brian Bengtsson has been a student at Midwest Karate Academy for over 15 years. He currently is 2nd Degree in Shorin-ryu Karatedo and 1st Degree in Kobudo (weapons). He and Sensei Kris Gravender run Suibukan of Indiana.
Sensei Teru Hendry ran her dojo in Elkhart for many years, and recently retired from it. She is ranked 7th Degree in Kobu Do and Shorin-ryu Karate Do. Sensei teaches Kobu Do at Midwest Karate Academy, primarily tonfa, sai, bo, nunchaku, and sword.
Sensei Norm Hood is 2nd Degree, Hojutsu-Ryu. He has more than 35 years of experience in operational law enforcement, training, logistical and support planning for private security companies, military and state police organizations, as well as over 28 years conducting rifle, pistol and shotgun training, including Concealed Carry courses as an independent contractor with a private firearms academy in Alaska and as a former adjunct instructor at Blackwater Worldwide, Inc.
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.