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OKC Staff

Programming Director

Steve Banchick - 9th Degree Black Belt - Hanshi

Senior Advisor

Master Instructor - Shihan

    Steve Banchick, the director of programming, is a 9th degree black belt (master instructor) in Uechi Ryu Karate and a Massachusetts state certified physical education teacher. Steve has been crafting his art since 1970 with training in both the U.S. and Okinawa. He was awarded the coveted Shihan Master Instructor's Certificate from the Okinawan test board. As a certified Uechi Ryu instructor and a well-known self-defense instructor, Steve has helped many children and adults grow mentally and physically through the programs at OKC for over 40 years.


Andre Tippett - 7th Dan - Kyoshi

Master Instructor - Shihan

Advisor / Senior instructor Advanced Ranks

Traditional Okinawan Weapons Instruction

Evan Dumas - 5th Dan

Master Instructor - Shihan


Memorial to Joe "Buddy" Hurley
Memorial to Jack Summers

The Black Belt Instructors at the Okinawan Karate Club are all Okinawan-certified. Each Black Belt must pass a qualification exam before being issued a degree and certificate.