Receiving my Nidan (2nd degree black belt) certificate
Sensei Yutaka Katsumata, myself, Sensei Jerry Marr

I have trained Shotokan karate since I was 7 years old. I received my first degree black belt (Shodan) in my 2nd year of undergrad (2010) and my second degree black belt (Nidan) in my 5th year of undergrad (2013).

Receiving my yellow belt, age 7

I have competed at the local, provincial, regional, and national levels, receiving countless medals for kata, kumite, team kata, team kumite, and enbu. I have also officiated at local and regional tournaments.

My students called me Sensei Ashley. I really enjoyed teaching karate. I work hard to engage students of all ages and to give them a good workout. I had a lot of fun getting students ready for competitions and belt gradings. I hope to open my own Dojo one day.