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The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of it's participants.

Gichin Funakoshi

Roberto Guerrero, Sensei

Sensei Roberto Guerrero is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate-Do. He began his training in 1973 in his home town in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico under the instruction of Sifu Juan Villalobos Trujillo 7th Dan. Under Sifu Villalobos he studied Chinese Pakua. Sensei Guerrero's Martial Arts lineage is as follows: Juan Villalobos Trujillo, Sifu-7th Dan, Ronald L. Rogers, Hanshi & Kenneth J.Baker,Hanshi. Sensei Guerrero was a high school teacher while still in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico. In addition to teaching, he worked as a counselor in drug prevention and gang prevention. He also provided an after school Karate program designed to keep kids off the streets.

Sensei earned his 1st Dan Black Belt in Shotokan in 2000. At that time, he started working at Operation Breakthrough, at St. Vincent De Paul where he taught inner city children drug prevention and family values.  He earned his 4th Dan Black Belt in 2009. He opened Guerrero’s Shotokan Karate on January 6, 2006. Sensei and his staff of Black Belt Martial Artists are committed to working with the community to teach Martial Arts, family values, self esteem and in building character in the individual. Sensei Guerrero is able to relate to students of all ages and all abilities and is a superlative instructor. He has a tremendous gift in teaching Karate to the disabled.


Jimmy Gross
Sensei

Sensei Jimmy Gross is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Okinawan weapons, 3rd Dan in Hawaiian Kenpo, 2nd Dan in Shotokan and 1st Dan in Jujitsu under the instruction of Hanshi Dan Kennedy, 10th Dan. He teaches Okinawan Weapons at Guerrero’s Shotokan. Sensei Gross is not only a marvelous Martial Artist, but also has an effective teaching style. He understands how to instruct students at any level, and he has an incredible knowledge of many Martial Arts.

Julie Haskins
Sensei

Julie Haskins started studying Aikido and Shotokan Karate at the age of 49 years old. At 53 years old, she earned her Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and at 55 years old she earned her Second Degree Black Belt and  a 1st Degree Black Belt in Aikido.  Recently, she was promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shotokan.  She holds a Brown Belt in Okinawan weapons. Sensei Haskins is the Instructor for the Children's and Adult Aikido programs and for the Lil' Dragons program. Her other roles in the dojo are: to assist with Marketing, Public Speaking for Karate demonstrations and Self Defense classes. She also fulfills the responsibility of Office Manager.  Her goal is to show people, in general, that you are never too old to start training.  Sensei Haskins has been a Registered Nurse for 33 years.

Lance Gliser
Sensei

Lance Gliser started studying Martial Arts at Guerrero's Shotokan in 2009.  He has earned an 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shotokan.  He has also earned a 2nd Degree Brown Belt in Aikido and a Green Belt in Okinawan Weapons.  Sensei Lance assists Sensei Haskins with the Lil' Dragons classes and the Children's Aikido program.  He also assists Sensei Guerrero with the Beginner's Shotokan classes.  Sensei is the lead software engineer at a company in Kansas City, Missouri.

He is eager to help any student with Martial Arts techniques or programming. He also volunteers here and as a mentor for Coder Dojo KC.

Sadie Waller
Shodan Ho - Junior Black

Sadie Waller started her martial arts journey at 4 1/2 years old. She began in Guerrero's Lil' Dragons class. Through dedication hard work and a great deal of commitment, she earned her Shodan Ni, junior black belt in 2016. She has trained for almost 8 years to achieve this rank. Sadie excels in academics, music, and sports. Last year, she completed a science project that won 1st place in the Kansas City Science Fair. Not only is she a great martial artist, she is also growing into a great assistant instructor. We are proud to call her "home grown" as she is one of hte original Guerrero's Shotokan students.

Leyton Porterfield
Shodan Ni - Junior Black

Sensei Leyton Porterfield began studying Martial Arts at age 6  while living in California.  He moved to Missouri in 2014 and continued his training at Guerrero’s Shotokan.  He has earned his Shodan Ho, Junior Black Belt in Shotokan Karate in 2015.  He also studies Japanese Aikido and Okinawan Weapons.  Sensei  Leyton has shown a great ability to adapt to a new school and is considered a valuable member of our Team.  Sensei  Leyton has shown great dedicaton and commitment to  his training and is willing to share his knowledge with other students .  He is also a member of our program “Success for Teens” which allows him to share his family values and his character of striving for success.  He has shown great Leadership to the younger students in the Dojo.   The students respond not only to his knowledge but to his enthusiasm and his love of learning.  Sensei Leyton excels in school and is a straight A student.  Mathematics is his favorite subject.  His other interests are reading, drawing and spending time with his family and cousins. 

You, at your best!

Our instructors all started somewhere. The longest journeys begin with a single step. This is your choice to start yours. No one but you can decide how far you will go on your path, except for you. Set your sights on your black belt, and call us to setup a free lesson to get started.

 

 

Guerrero's Shotokan Karate
Roberto Guerrero
2240 South 7 Highway
Blue Springs, MO 64014