Period of time: 1975-2016
Sensei Wroblewski began training under Sensei Ninios in his teens, and has given the majority of his adult life to the study and instruction of karate. MKA is adorned with trophies and awards from his performances at tournaments and demonstrations. Sensei’s karate career has taken him on international travel several times, including trips to study under Sensei Nakazato in Japan. He routinely hosts Sensei Yamashita's seminars at MKA. Sensei remained a close personal friend and steward to Sensei Ninios after accepting responsibility for running the school from him. Tall, fast and powerful, Sensei is as welcoming and caring for the well-being of his students as he is intimidating to fight. He is well known for the pursuit of perfection of character through the practice of karate. Once, upon learning of Sensei's Kyoshi title ("teacher of teachers", or "master teacher"), a student asked "What should we call you? Sensei? Kyoshi?" Without hesitating, Sensei told his student to, "call me Jerry."
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.