Senior Students

Senior Students are those karate-ka in our dojo that have demonstrated dedication and drive towards learning. These students continue to move forward in their training as well as assist during class. At times, they will lead class when other instructors are unable to be present.

Denise Callen

Ni-Dan Isshinryu, Ryukyu Kobodo

Denise Callen

Denise Callen resides in Hugo, MN wither her husband Scott and their two children, Holly and Tony. Denise started Karate in November of 2008, one month after her son began the program. Together they have shared a journey of self-discovery.

Denise is also a Spanish teacher with a Master's Degree in Education, and a passion for teaching others. Studying the art of Karate has helped her to become more self-confident, develop an appreciation for the system and history of Isshinryu, and create genuine friendships.

 

Shawn Taylor
Ni-Dan Isshinryu, Sho-Dan Ryukyu Kobodo

Shawn Taylor

Shawn Taylor lives in St.Paul with his girlfriend Beth, and their two children Joseph and Mackenzie. He graduated from White Bear Lake High School, and grew up in St.Paul, White Bear Lake and Hugo.

Shawn started his karate journey when his son Joseph joined the karate program at the White Bear Lake YMCA in the fall of 2008. He would accompany his son to karate class, taking notes to help Joseph practice, and soon was persuaded by Holt Sensei to start his own karate journey in late spring of 2009.

He has found karate to be a great way for him to escape the stresses of day-to-day life, as well as make some great friends with the same purpose of bettering themselves through the journey of karate knowledge.

 

Albert Goins
Sho-Dan Isshinryu

Albert Goins

Albert Goins lives in White Bear Lake with his wife Marianne. He grew up in White Bear and attended White Bear High School where he played football and basketball. He has three grown children and one granddaughter.

Albert began his Isshinryu journey in 2010 after a decision to learn self-defense and to regain his physical conditioning after nearly thirty years as a lawyer and a student. He believes that karate training has sharpened his insight into human conflict and widened his own mental, spiritual and physical horizons. When he is not in court, or reading history (including karate history) or practicing kata, he serves as a trustee at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Saint Paul.