Washington Shotokan Association
"The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants."
In 1972, Sensei André Dulce (8th Degree Black Belt) founded the Washington Shotokan Association in Bellevue, Washington after having trained under Kancho Kenneth Funakoshi in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dulce Sensei's friendly teaching style and his love for serving families and the Eastside community led to WSA becoming one of the largest and most successful martial arts schools in the country. Dulce Sensei retired from active teaching in 2015 and his legacy continues under the leadership of his senior instructors, many of whom have trained with him for decades.
Centuries of Experience
Washington Shotokan Association is led by an experienced team of twelve senior instructors (4th degree Black Belts and above), who represent over four centuries of Shotokan Karate Experience. In addition, WSA is affiliated with the worldwide Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association led by Founder Shihan Kyle Funakoshi, son of founder Kancho Kenneth Funakoshi.
Left to right: Senseis John Suzuki, Sean Donlin, Mark Cron, Mitch Poe, Kancho Kenneth Funakoshi (FSKA), Senseis Adam Birnbaum, Shihan Kyle Funakoshi (FSKA), Kevin Sussman, Maria Ungureanu, Mostafa Ahanchi, and Neil Nathanson. Not pictured are Senseis Richard Garcia, Jack Showalter, and Benoit Jurion.
45 years of serving bellevue
What makes Washington Shotokan Association so special is our amazing members and teaching staff. 100 percent of our instructors volunteer their time to teach and "give back" by helping our members achieve their health and martial arts goals. Over our 45 years of serving Bellevue and the Eastside community, we have touched the lives of thousands of students and their families, and have promoted over 100 students to the ranks of Black Belt, including our most senior instructors
Many of our students have made WSA their second family and have incorporated the WSA experience into their daily lives and are amazing people. We consider teaching and serving our members to be a tremendous honor and always will.
Michelle and Kristina Tran started with WSA in 2000 and continue their learning and training as 4th Degree Black Belts and Sensei's today. They are some of the nicest, most respectful and humble people you will ever meet. Sensei Kristina also serves as a WSA Youth instructor.
We are family
During our 45 years of service to the Eastside Community, WSA has become a second family to our members. Over the years we have served as teachers of Shotokan Karate and mentors to our students. Many of our students and Black Belts have been with us since their early childhoods, and we have several families with multiple generations of Black Belts.