The Dojo Leader and head instructor, Norah Gastelum, has studied directly under Tsutomu Ohshima Sensei, the originator of Shotokan Karate in the U.S. and one of the last pupils of Master Funakoshi. Norah is a native of Carson Valley Shotokan Karate Dojo, she started her karate practice when Carson Valley Shotokan first opened in 2003. Norah regularly attends many exchange practices and other SKA-sanctioned events. She has received her Shodan from Tsutomu Ohshima Sensei, through gradings held by Shotokan Karate of America.
We have consolidated our practices with Tahoe Shotokan Dojo, and aside from Norah, we have Gregg Henrikson (Godan), and Phil Schacht (Yodan) leading practices.