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KAZOKU KARATE STAFF
Sensei Alejandro Rodriguez
Alejandro Rodriguez has been taught under the instruction of Sensei Pedro Rodriguez, his father, all of his life.
He has been practicing Wado Ryu Karate for over 28 years and is a 4th degree Black Belt. Sensei Alejandro has dedicated his life to the reinforcement and perfection of his technique. He is disciplined and always looking forward to his and his students improvement. He was promoted for his first three black belt degrees by Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi, founder of the WIKF and most prominent student of Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei, the Founder of Wado Ryu.
Alejandro Rodriguez is also a versatile and successful competitor with international recognition and awards, representing the Venezuelan national senior team for over 7 years. Some of his awards:
- 9 Times National and regional Venezuelan gold medalist
- 2016 USA National gold medalist
- Alba Games gold medalist
- WIKF Pan-American gold medalist Open and +84 Kg division
- WIKF World silver medalist
- WKF Pan-American silver medalist and team gold medalist
Sensei Troy Hirschkorn: instructor
Troy Hirschkorn, founder of Southeast Karate, has 28 years of experience practicing traditional Japanese karate. Sensei Troy is a 13 year veteran on the USA National Karate Team and a 7 year veteran of the Jr. National Team which is the only organization that is sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee. He is a seasoned expert as a 4th degree black belt, and has competed and medaled at several elite international competitions including Pan American Championships, Worlds, North American Championships, the US open, and Nationals many times over.
sensei bekah benham: Instructor
Southeast Karate is thrilled to have Sensei Bekah Benham join the team as an Instructor, personal trainer, and coach. Sensei Bekah has a BA in kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training; she is also an ACE certified personal trainer. Sensei Bekah is a Shodan (or first degree black belt) in karate, and is pursuing her black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With 5 years of experience as a US national team member, she has competed in international tournaments and medaled several times over on the national level.
Sensei Bekah is a seasoned instructor with 10 years of teaching experience in karate including experience teaching students with special needs.
Outside of the dojo, you can find Sensei Bekah enjoying her many pets, good food, and weight lifting.
sempai zach Hirschkorn: Instructor
Sempai Zach Hirschkorn is the youngest member of the Southeast Karate team and a very talented young Instructor. With just three years of training and competing, he shows immense propensity for the sport and art of karate. Sempai Zach has 2 years of experience teaching with Southeast Karate, and a clear way with children. He is playful, tenderhearted, and naturally skilled at building relationships with students.
When he's not teaching, you can find Sempai Zach at the YMCA where he works as an after-school counselor, Costco where he works part-time, or working out and training for competition.
SOUTHEAST KARATE AFFILIATES
sensei vassar louie-bradford
Sensei Vassar has moved all the way from Alaska to join us as an affiliate instructor, private kata coach, and personal trainer. With 26 years of experience training in karate and 23 years of experience teaching karate, Sensei Vassar brings a wealth of expertise to our community. He is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist, Level One USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, TRX SMTC & FTC Qualified Trainer, and he is also American Heart Association CPR certified.
Sensei Vassar pursued his Sandan (or third degree black belt) in Shito-Ryu karate through Nihon Karate-Do Kenwa-Kai. He was a Junior National Team memner from 2001 to 2007, and a Senior National Team Member between 2004-2014. He is an 11 time national champion, and a 5 year senior champion in kata, and his tenure on the US National Team resulted in the following titles:
2003 Junior World Championships: gold medalist
2006 World University Championships: bronze medalist
2003, 2006, 2007 Junior Panamerican Championships: gold medalist
2006 Senior Panamerican Championship: silver medalist
2002 Junior Panamerican Championship: bronze medalist
2007 Senior Panamerican Championship: bronze medalist
Outside of the dojo, Sensei Vassar enjoys Olympic weight-lifting, playing video games, skiing, and snowboarding.