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Our Instructors


Nelson Vaughn

  • Began training in 1974 with Japan International Karate Center (JIKC) Hickman Kentucky
  • Trained at the JIKC Honbu (main dojo) and the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1981 –1990
  • Awarded Nidan (second-degree black belt) in 1994 from Mr. Mikami, Japan Karate Association (JKA)
  • Sandan (third-degree black belt) from Mr. Hirano in 1986, Japan International Karate Center (JIKC)
  • Yondan (fourth-degree black belt) from Mr. Kanazawa in 2010 Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF)
  • Teaching since 1978, has taught more than 35,000 karate classes and personally recruited and instructed more than 3,500 students


Norm Tantingco

  • Sensei Norm began training in 1989 at the Pacific Coast Shotokan Karate Club in Cupertino, CA.
  • He joined Shotokan Karate Academy in 1999 and earned his Shodan (first-degree black belt) in 2002 and his nidan (second degree) in 2004.
  • Sensei Norm also earned Nidan under Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa of Shotokan Karate International Federation in 2005.
  • Sensei Norm is one of the best instructors in Mid-Coast Maine and teaches many excellent classes each week.


Matt Bancroft

  • Sensei Matt came to us from Mr. Nishiyama’s organization and has been training in Shotokan Karate for over 30 years.
  • Sensei Matt earned Nidan under Mr. Nishiyama in 1988 and is one of the best technicians in our area.
  • His technical insight is inspirational to us all, and he is a great addition to our dojo.


Russ Hughes

Sensei Russ began training with Shotokan Karate Academy in August 1995 along with his two children Chris and Kasey (who also attained the rank of Black Belt). Sensei Russ is the ultimate can-do practitioner attending class three weeks after a hip replacement. He earned his shodan (1st degree) in September 1999 and his nidan (2nd degree) in December 2003.

Sensei Russ took a five year hiatus from training from 2005 – 2010 shortly after the birth of his son George. He is a Navy Captain and spent two years fighting in Iraq. He resumed training in August 2010 along with his youngest son George. His teaching focus is all about spirit and maximum effort, and he is a great motivator to the kids.

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Mark Donovan

Sempai Mark has been training with SKA for four years and consistently attends extra sessions each week. He had several years’ prior training in Shotokan and was a quick study right from the beginning. He earned his first degree black belt (shodan) from Shihan Manabu Murakami of the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) in December 2013. Sempai Mark has attended several instructor training courses and is taking a leadership role teaching the youth and adult classes.

Michael Ting

Sensei Mike came to us from Shihan Minobu Miki’s Shito Ryu organization in California. Sensei Mike was very particular when selecting a dojo in which his two children could study and opted for a traditional Shotokan dojo. He is an excellent instructor with the beginner youth classes and always encourages the students to do their best.

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