Shihan Joni Wilson Sharrah
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
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 Ryan Hoy
Twenty-three-year-old, Ryan Hoy, has been training in karate for twelve years. He holds a second-degree black belt (Nidan) in both Shito-ryu and Itosu-ryu Karate-Do. Sensei Ryan has competed in local and international competitions, and currently participates as a tournament judge. As a Sensei, Ryan’s current focus is on teaching.
Sensei Ryan has been a staff instructor at USA Karate Academy for three years, and is known for his patience, especially with young students. As with all USA Karate instructors, he is certified in First Aid/CPR.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys repairing and customizing cars.