Period of time: 1965-2013
Midwest Karate Academy mourns the loss of our founder, Sensei James Ninios, on September 15, 2013. His martial arts career was storied, including a record of only one loss in 33 fights as a black belt in competition. He is sorely missed and fondly remembered by all his students.
Extracted from his obituary, "...While serving in the United States Marine Corp in Okinawa, Jim was awarded his Black Belt by Master Eizo Shinabuku Sensei in 1962. Returning to South Bend, he met Tadashi Yamashita and formed Midwest Karate Academy in 1964 which continues today. Jim was Japanese Karate Association Grand Champion for two years. Jim was also American Karate Association Grand Champion. While preparing to defend his championship title in December of 1967 in Los Angeles, he suffered a brain aneurism. Jim fought back and continued to teach until he retired from instruction in 1977. Jim was inducted into the Karate Association Hall of Fame in 1972..."
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.