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Kitsap Karate by Butokukan  
Our Instructors & Staff Members

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Karate and have experienced many years of training and testing to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.

Through extensive testing and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.

Les Bishop  (Head Instructor)
Sensei Bishop started karate in 1993 at the age of 37. He learned the basics under Sensei Walt Juneau and continued his training in the Port Orchard dojo under senseis Steve Markwith,Bill Olson,and Forest Stiebert.

In 2003 he earned his shodan from Sensei Chuck Hess. He has since continued his growth and training and is the lead instructor. His specialty is teaching the young ones.

Walt Juneau  (Senior Instructor)  Send E-mail to Walt Juneau
A spur of the moment enrollment in a self defense class taught by a Butokukan instructor got Sensei Walt Juneau started in his study of karate in 1974. Sensei Juneau earned his black belt in 1989 at the age of 56 and his second degree blackbelt in 1993. When his instructor, Sensei Bill Olson, retired he took over as head instructor. He is currently the senior instructor at Kitsap Karate of Port Orchard.

Chuck Hess  (Associate Instructor, sandan)
Sensei Hess began karate in 1980 under Sensei Bill Olson. He tested for blackbelt in 1987 and earned his second degree (nidan) in 1991 in a dual test with Sensei Juneau. While working in California Sensei Hess worked out in kempo karate. He visits other dojos and styles regularly and brings a wide variety knowledge to his students.

Senseis Bishop (l) and Hess (r)
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