Shihan Joni Wilson Sharrah – Co-Owner
Shihan Joni Wilson Sharrah is the founder and head instructor of USA Karate. She holds the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt in Shito-ryu Karate and in Danny Lane’s World Martial Arts Federation. In addition, Mrs. Sharrah is a certified National Official and certified Technical Coach by the AAU Karate National Program.
She is also certified by the American Council on Exercise in both Group Exercise and for Personal Training.
In 2006, Shihan Joni Sharrah earned an International Budo Martial Arts License an internationally recognized Martial Arts Instructor’s License.
Joni Sharrah is a former 3 -time AAU National Champion, 6 – time International medalist including 3 World Championship Gold Medals.
She was inducted into the Eastern International Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2000. In January of 2011, Joni Sharrah Shihan was awarded the Silver Service Award in the Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors.
She is committed to personal excellence and sharing the wisdom gained since training in karate-do beginning in 1982.
In addition to operating and directing the activities at USA Karate, Joni Sharrah is licensed Real Estate Broker and is associated with Windermere Real Estate / Shoreline.
Coach Alan Sharrah – Co-Owner
Alan Sharrah began training in Judo at the age of 9. The highlight of his Judo training was being selected to compete at the USA Judo Federation team trials for the United States Olympic Team
Coach Alan is also the co-owner and co-director of USA Karate. Since 1994, Alan Sharrah has been the head coach of the USA Karate travel team.
Coach Alan is a certified coach by the Amateur Athletic Union and certified by ASEP. In 2006, Sensei Alan Sharrah completed and received all the necessary requirements to earn an International Budo Martial Arts Instructor’s License.
Alan Sharrah brings a world of business expertise to USA Karate. His success as former VP of Operations with Laidlaw Transit, former assistant Plant Manager with the Seattle Times, former Director of Operations of Frank Lumber the Door Store, and is currently the Regional Operations Manager of First Students Transportation, enables USA Karate to excel not only as a fine Martial Arts Academy but a growing and thriving small business
Sensei Justin Wilson – Program Director
Justin Wilson is the program director here at USA Karate Academy. He has been doing karate since he was 3 and a half years old. By the time he was 12 years old he was already a 5 time national champion.
Justin recently moved back from living in Japan for 5 years where he worked in private education as a language specialist. He has taken his love of teaching onto the mat.
Sensei Abby Knapp – Teacher
Sensei Abby has been practicing karate since the age of 10 and is an integral part to our team here at USA Karate Academy. She is tenacious in her teaching and in her practice. Abby specializes in karate for competition. Most notably, she won 2 gold medals at the WUKF Kobudo World Cup. She is a passionate leader and teacher.
Sensei Dane Pray – Teacher
Sensei Dane wears many hats here at USA Karate Academy, and is an integral part of our team. Dane specializes in the self-defense aspects of karate. He is a gracious and respectful teacher.