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Family Karate Center (FKC)

(International Karate Association of WA State)
12011 19th Ave SE, Everett, WA 98208 (map to dojo)
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Kyoshi Robert A. Martin

8th Degree

Kyoshi Robert Martin

Kyoshi (meaning Teacher of Teachers) Martin is fully certified under the legendary Grand Master Soke Takayuki Kubota, 10th degree Black Belt, creator of the Gosoku Ryu system of Karate and founder/president of the International Karate Association.


“Hit and don’t get hit.” “Avoid, avoid, avoid…block only when you have to or when you choose to.” “Every takedown is useless unless the follow up is immediate and final.” “Real kata training will teach you more about street fighting than sparring in a thousand tournaments.” "Seize opportunity. It may be your only one." “Always Remember - Streeters are cheaters.” "If you could walk a mile in my shoes, you could see how good you look in yours.” “If you want to know who I am, look at my black belts…that is who I am.”

-- Kyoshi Robert A. Martin


Kyoshi Robert Martin in actionWhen Kyoshi Martin began karate in 1968, at age 26, he had been walking with a cane for 8 years due to a severely broken femur. On June 15, 2013, after 45 years of training and teaching karate, he was tested before Soke Kuobta and was passed to 7th dan and honorary 8th dan and awarded the rarely awarded title of Kyoshi.


His first teacher was Sensei Kazuo Kuriyama, 3rd dan in Shotokan. After 1 year of study, Kyoshi acquired the dojo from his sensei. He then studied Kotaka-ha Shito Ryu and Hayashi-ha Shito Ryu from Akio Minakami and Julius Thiry. Since 1985, Kyoshi Martin has studied Gosoku Ryu the style created by Soke (Creator) Kubota. Kyoshi has won 2 gold medals at AAU Grand Nationals Karate Championships in the Masters division and placed in the top 10 at the IKA World Cup. He has trained many national and world champions. In 1967, he received his BA, in 1998, his BS, in 2002 Kyoshi received his MEd Degree and in 2006, his PhD and DSc having completed 13 years of college.

"My teaching philosophy is first that we are all students and we are all teachers…we all help each other to progress. We are constantly trying to defeat our worst enemy…our self. Our training is to be better, faster, stronger, but more importantly, it is to have a good heart. If you don’t have one, you can’t get one and without a good heart, you are nothing. This I learned from Soke Takayuki Kubota, and his top student, Val Mijailovic the best examples I know."

-- Kyoshi Robert A. Martin