Shihan Mark is the Chairman of the Kyokushinkai Karate School of The Hawk and full-time instructor. As a member of the School since his youth, Shihan Mark continues to share his love for the martial arts, teaching classes at all levels. With the assistance of other instructors, Shihan Mark hosts advanced classes, Women's Self-Defense courses and Safety Seminars for organizations in the surrounding areas.
Shihan Paul is the primary instructor for the Redlands Dojo and serves as the School's Training and Tournament Director. At the age of 13, Shihan Paul began his study of Kyokushin Karate under the instruction of Hanshi Ken Ebina and Sensei Jamie Clark in the Riverside Cobra Karate School-Kyokushinkai. As an educator, he continues to share his knowledge as he teaches students of all ages and skill levels.
A native of Spanish Harlem, Sensei Jorge has been training in the martial arts most of his life. As a Kyokushin practitioner, Sensei Jorge studies all aspects of martial arts, from historical to philosophical and is truly a student of the arts. In teaching, he uses his experiences in Kendo, Go-Ju Ryu, and the southeast Asian fighting arts as he is also a Guru in the Indonesian art of Pentjak Silat.
Sensei Nick became a Junior Blackbelt in the School of The Cobra in 1991. He trained under several instructors in the Riverside area through the 1990's and early 200's. He is currently the Northern California representative of the School of The Hawk and frequently makes the trek to Southern California to participate in training sessions. He most recently received the rank of Sandan at the annual Blackbelt review.
Sensei Minh represents our Los Angeles County practitioners and has trained with the original teachers who established Kyokushin in the Southern California area. A student of Hanshi Tim Swanson, Sensei Minh has connected the Kyokushin strength with the softness of some Chinese forms. He trains in the same parks that have hosted a Kyokushin presence for nearly 50 years.
Sensei Mohsen began his Kyokushin journey in his native country of Iran when he was a teenager. As an adult, he and his family continue training in the Hawk School where he completed the requirements for Shodan. Along with being an avid runner, Mohsen trains Kyokushin and teaches regularly at the Redlands Dojo as well as assists at our other dojo locations.
Sensei Sean has trained in the Inland Empire since 1989 and was promoted to Shodan in 1994. He is the assistant instructor for the Redlands Dojo where he also trains with his children.
Shihan Tim has 50 years of experience training in the martial arts. He was one of only a few awarded an honorary Ju-Dan, 10th Degree (Red Belt) by Hanshi Senne. He is a great resource for the life-long students of Kyokushin as he has spent years studying the lineages and roots of modern martial arts as they relate to Kyokushin, specifically our schools.
As with most martial arts, there are long, detailed accounts of how things came to be. This is a VERY short version of how our School has stood the test of time.
The system of Kyokushinkai was founded by Sosai Mas. Oyama in Japan. A gentleman from the Bay area of California named Don Buck was a direct student of Oyama, which was frowned upon at the time by other Japanese karateka due to Buck being American. Nonetheless, Don "The Tiger" Buck trained extremely hard and became the California Branch Chief of the International Kyokushin Organization. One of his students, Steve "The Leopard" Senne, also trained with Oyama, and in-turn became the Southern California Branch Chief. Senne, as head of The Karate School of Oyama, Inc. had several students including Dan "The Cat" Layne and Ken "The Cobra" Ebina. Around 1980, Hanshi Ebina became the Chairman of the Riverside Cobra Karate - Kyokushinkai and retired in early 2000, leaving the School to Shihan Craig "The Dolphin" MacDougal. Some Yudansha left the school and created another school entitled The Twin Cat School led by Shihan Terry Braund. Shihan Craig later retired and the school was left to Hanshi Rod "The Hawk" Ivy, a Deputy Sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and Leatherman by trade. Hanshi Rod kept the school's name "The Dolphin School" out of respect for Shihan Craig. Hanshi Rod chose to call the training locations The Hawk Dojos, Dolphin School. The school eventually changed names to School of The Hawk around 2004 as has remained since.
Sadly, in March of 2020, Hanshi Rod passed away. With the blessing of the Yudansha, the Hawk School was left to Shihan Mark Ramirez. Prior to his passing, Hanshi Rod contemplated the name Shihan Mark had chosen, Garyu, The Reclining Dragon. Hanshi Rod researched and was about to present the name Kinryu, or The Golden Dragon. Unfortunately, Hanshi Rod was unable to present this title personally, along with an accompanying rank promotion. Out of respect for Hanshi Rod, The School remains The Hawk School until such time Shihan Mark decides the time to make the change. Hanshi Rod was a mentor and instructor for many students. To the instructors, he was a dear friend. His legacy will live on through our training. He will be missed.
The School of The Hawk remains close in training with the Los Angeles based schools. The Schools of the Cat, Griffin, Ice Bear, and Serpent are active schools who host and participate in Inter-School tournaments and advanced training sessions. The schools are also part of the same lineage of Hanshi Senne.
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