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


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Mr. Kris Gravender, 4th Degree, Shorin-ryu Karate, Suibukan of Indiana

Suibukan of Indiana is run by Shihan Kris Gravender (left / above) and Shidoin Brian Bengtsson (right / below). Both have over 15 years of training under O'Sensei Yamashita's karate. They took over the dojo in 2016 from Hanshi Jerry Wroblewski, who ran the school for over 40 years after Renshi James Ninios retired. Use the links above to trace our ancestroy back over 400 years to the island of Okinawa.

Mr. Brian Bengtsson, 2nd Degree, Shorin-ryu Karate, Suibukan of Indiana

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