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Mickey Fisher - Founder of Karate Shin-Toshi:

Mickey Fisher

 

Mickey Fisher had the distinction of introducing America's first martial art, Shin-Toshi Karate in 1963. This predates Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do by at least three years. Prior to founding this new style, Fisher trained in Chung Do Kwan, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Aikido, Chinese and Okinwan Kenpo and Isshin-Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Hopki-Do and Kung-Fu. Instructors whom he trained under include Jhoon Rhee, Allen Steen, Ed Parker and Jack Hwang.

Mickey Fisher's original style was Chung Do Kwan, and he earned a 1st Degree Black Belt from Jhoon Rhee in 1962, making him the original 'Karate-Kid', in that he was America's first teenage black belt. He later attained advanced degrees in Moo Duk Kwon, Kenpo, and several other styles. In his lifetime, Kwanjang Fisher merited the distinguished rank of 9th Degree Black Belt in Shin-Toshi Karate, which is matched by his equivalent rank of 9th Degree Black Belt in Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do.

Kwanjang Fisher passed away on January 29th, 2013. He was survived by his son Dallas, granddaughter Chloe (4), grandson Corbin (2), their mother Claire, sister Kathy, nephew Chad, and brother Wes. Mr. Fisher was in the process of planning a several year writing and seminar tour of the United States, Mexico, Central and South America. We will miss his wisdom and spirit in our lives. We will always remember him as we continue our journey and progress in Karate Shin-Toshi.

MICKEY N. FISHER


Mickey's Dojo

Click here for a glimpse of Mickey Fisher's Karate Dojo.

We are compiling a series of videos from Mickey's Dojo for you.

We would appreciate
any input to help to compile memories and material from Kwanjang Fisher's life. Please contact the The Shin-Toshi Headquarters
with your thoughts, ideas and memories. Use our CHI Notes page.


Mike Burke
Director of the "Shin-Toshi Karate"© System
Owner of Utah Karate Institute & CEO of "Shin-Toshi Karate" Headquarters

Mike Burke

Mr. Burke holds the 2nd highest ranking in "Shin-Toshi Karate"© as a Martial Artist, having earned the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt in "Karate Shin-Toshi" & 8th Degree in Tae Kwon Do, under Kwanjang Mickey Fisher. (founder of "Shin-Toshi Karate")
Mr. Burke worked closely and directly with Mr. Mickey Fisher in overseeing the International Shin-Toshi Federation.  and continues in the teachings that have been required. Mr. Burke has been practicing Shin-Toshi Karate for many years starting in Dallas, Texas and has been teaching students in Utah now, at the "SHIN-TOSHI"© HEADQUARTERS since 1986!


Vann Lee Woods
MASTER INSTRUCTOR - "Karate Shin-Toshi"

Vann WoodsMr. Vann Woods [5th Degree Black Belt March 19th, 2022]

Sensei Vann Woods has been an Outstanding Instructor that strives to do his best, earning "Instructor of the Year" in 2020. Vann Woods from an early rank had expressed a strong desire in helping others in class. He has continued to grow and loves teaching. He has progressed to a well defined, strong "Martial Artist". In High school and on the Varsity Wrestling Team, earned him a Letterman. At the present, He is working on a new program in "Ground Sparing" that will take the best of wrestlimg, Karate and MMA, and implement it into a new and better sport. He is a straight A student, plays the guitar. He loves baseball, skateboarding and attends Karate 4-5 times a week teaching. We are proud of him for all the time he gives, attending all Belt Exams and activities. We look forward to his continued efforts in helping make our students better.


Jorge Vazquez
MASTER INSTRUCTOR - "Karate Shin-Toshi"

Jorge VazquezMr. Jorge Vazquez [5th Degree Black Belt August 8th, 2020]

Sensei Jorge Vazquez demonstrates what a Instructor and Leader is all about. He gives students the assistance they need giving positive feedback making the students welcome & proud. He has developed into an Awesome Instructor taking time for details while pushing himself further in every class. He has mastered the Kamas & the Nunchuckas making him a challenge in competition. He attends and runs at most all Belt Exams. He has earned a scholarship at Utah Valley University with outstanding grades and running like a Stallion for their Track Team. He contiues to travel back and forth in support of the Students and school. A Loyal Instructor that the students look up to.


UTAH KARATE INSTITUTE'S

HALL OF FAME


Garrett Brenchley
MASTER INSTRUCTOR - "Karate Shin-Toshi"

Garrett BrenchleyMr. Garrett Brenchley [6th Degree Black Belt on December 3rd, 2016]

Sensei Garrett Brenchley is one of the first students that started at UKI North, Ogden. Utah [Utah Karate Institute].  He deserves much of the credit for the growth and talent that is demonstrated at the Dojo's.  Mr. Brenchley holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Shin-Toshi Karate.

 


Bernard Serbinowski
Master Instructor - "Karate Shin-Toshi"
Hall of Fame 2018

Bernard Serbinowski

Sensei Bernard Serbinowski has been with Utah Karate Institute since 2003 and has been an outstanding student & Instructor who pays close attention to DETAILS! He Earned a 6th Degree Black Belt in April 2021, and continues to encourge his students to seek PERFECTION. Mr. Serbinowski still found time to teach while attending full time at the University of Utah.
Now pursuing his PHD in Math & Science at Vanderbilt University in Tennesee, we will keep in touch and enjoy his visits and continued contributions during holidays and breaks.

Mr. Bernard Serbinowski was inducted into the utah Karate Institute Hall of Fame in July, 2018.


Evan Welch
Master Instructor - "Karate Shin-Toshi"
Hall of Fame 2018

Evan Welch As Senior instructor at Utah Karate Institute & the Shin-Toshi Headquarters, Sensei Welch has been involved in Karate Shin-Toshi since 1999. He has been an asset to our schools, bringing quality & management. As one of the pillars in the 2nd generation of Utah Karate Institute, his dedication and loyalty has earned him a ranking into the Hall of Fame! Evan has been working in management with Smith's Bakery and now with WinCo for over 5 years. He is happily married with 2 children and accepted a promotion with WinCo for a supervisor position over 17 plus store in California. We wish him & his family well as he set out for another adventure in his career. I am sure once the new position settles in - he will once again pursue his Martial Arts and open a dojo in California. Congratulations Sensei Welch

Mr. Evan Welch earned his 6th Degree Black Belt Dec. 2016 & inducted into the Utah Karate Institute Hall of Fame April, 2018


Joshua Proulx
Outstanding Achievment & Contributions
Hall of Fame 2016

Joshua ProulxJoshua Proulx has and is a continued asset to Karate Shin-Toshi and Utah Karate Institute for many years. He and his brother taught students for years setting the standard very high.. He contiunes to be an asset to the system by encouaging students to attend and do their best! when his arrives home on leave.
Attending the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY with graduation expected in 2019.

Mr. Joshua Proulx earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt February 19th, 2011 and was inducted into the Utah Karate Institute Hall of Fame in 2016.

 


Bailey Proulx
Outstanding Achievment & Contributions
Hall of Fame 2016

Bailey ProulxBailey Proulx has and is a continued asset to Karate Shin-Toshi and Utah Karate Institute for many years. He and his brother taught students for years setting the standard very high.. He contiunes to be an asset to the system by encouaging students to attend and do their best! when his arrives home from school.
Attending the UNITED STATES NAVEL ACADEMY with graduation expected in 2020.

Mr. Bailey Proulx earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt October 29th, 2012 and was inducted into the Utah Karate Institute Hall of Fame in 2016.

 


John Newhall Jr.
Senior Instructor
Hall of Fame 2006

John NewhallJohn Newhall Jr. earned the title of "Senior Instructor" in Karate Shin-Toshi. Mr. Newhall, moved to Montana and than South Carolina which his is now living, has and is a loyal and faithful friend and asset to our Utah schools.

Mr. John Newhall earned his 4th Degree Black Belt April 12th, 2008 and was inducted into the Utah Karate Institute Hall of Fame in 2006.

 


Jilyn Hopkins
Senior Instructor
Hall of Fame 2006

Jilyn HopkinsJilyn Hopkins earned the title of "Senior Instructor" in Karate Shin-Toshi. She has an eye for details and is one of the pillars of Utah Karate Institute, offering much to the growth and foundation of our Utah schools. Now attending special events, she continues to be a valued asset and loyal friend.

Mrs. Jilyn Hopkins earned her 4th Degree Black Belt November 13th, 2006 and was inducted into the Utah Karate Institute Hall of Fame in 2006.

 


Utah Karate Institute's
RECONGNIZED INSTRUCTOR'S
and contributors to the system
Karate Shin-Toshi


Alexander D. Gonzalez
Master Instructor - "Karate Shin-Toshi"
Instructor - Utah Karate Institute

Alexander Gonzalez Mr. Alexander Gonzalez [4th Degree Black Belt on April 21st, 2018]

Sensei Gonzalez has been an asset to Utah Karate Institute & the Karate Shin-Toshi system for many years. He has earned the "Instructor of the Year" award, taught seminars including the Samurai Sword, Nunchuckas & Tonfa. He has become a Outstanding Leader with empathy for his students and will be greatly missed while he serves his church in Lima Peru for 2 years. Before he left he dedicated his time to leave students with the videos on how to perform their Defenses correctly which have been added in "Defenses" for review under the "Members Only" area & will remain in our teaching manual. Sensei Gonzalez plans on pursing his goals in helping mankind by continuing his medical training when he returns, specializing as an Orthopedic Surgeon.
His favorite things to do are forms and weapons. He has demonstrated the Sai, Tonfa and the Katana (Samurai Sword) in each of his Black Belt exams showing a great sign of mastereing each. He has been with Utah Karate since 2011, loves competition and continues seeking perfection in his technique.


Devin Hill
Instructor - Utah Karate Institute

Devin Hill Mr. Devin Hill [3rd Degree Black Belt on December 16th, 2014]

Sensei Hill has contibuted to the school & system in many ways. One being that he & Sensei Schulz have an eye for details. That is why they were chosen to demonstrate the forms for review under the "Members" area.
"He is smart and comprehensive. His teaching skills are Great and he can help students easily. He is a good fighter and a friend. His kicks are amazing! He can understand a problem and solve it quickly. Overall, Devin is a Great Leader and Teacher." [Written by Tanner Schulz].


Tanner Schulz
Mr. Scrappy
Master Instructor - "Karate Shin-Toshi"

Tanner Schulz Mr. Tanner Schulz [4th Degree Black Belt on October 15th, 2016]

Sensei Schulz has contibuted to the school & system in many ways. One being that he & Sensei Hill have an eye for details. That is why they were chosen to demonstrate the forms for review under the"Members" area.
"Mr. Schulz is a very focused and concentrated student. He also is creative & thinks of good ways to teach his students. He is very easy to work with & always contributes to help students learn. When he teaches he is good at explaining & making the students feel comfortable. [Written by Devin Hill].

Promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt in Shin-Toshi Karate after being selected as "Instructor of the Year" - 2 years in a row, he attends when time permits while attending Weber State University, continuing to be an asset.



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