Stan Hillhouse

Stan Hillhouse

48 years in business

About this pro

I am a 7th degree black belt and a practitioner in Okinawan Shuri-ryu karate.   My background also includes, aikido, judo, muay thai, and Kyokushin.  I was a black belt staff  instructor under Master Robert A. Tria and currently the state director for the AMERICAN SHURI-TE KARATE DO. ASSOC.

I competed in the black belt master’s division in the World Tournament in 2017 + 2018 plus competed all over the US. I was on the Arizona State University Karate Team and had my own dojo on the ASU campus for 2 years called the  "East Side Players". 

I specialize in hands on technical sparring instruction.  It's not about how tough you are,  it's about the proper technique utilized.   Your movements will be broken down so that you are able to make sense for strategy, self defense, timing and efficiency of movement that works for real,  not just in a tournment enviroment.   Please contact me by PHONE NUMBER so that I can quote you based on wants and needs. 

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Chandler, AZ 85224
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I need to understand WHY they want to learn karate. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

45 years teaching and training. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My fees depend on the number of students at each lesson, plus the level they level that they are attempting to obtain. 

I need to have a conversation with you..  So please leave your phone number. 

How did you get started teaching?

I was bullied as a kid and had a tough upbringing which forced me to learn self-defense. It all began from there. 

What types of students have you worked with?

My favorite student is someone who has had previous training,  and wants to excel  into a world class world class competitor. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

There's a huge difference of teaching karate by the book,   and actually being placed "in the mix".  

Make-believe combat may be  great for a few years but it will not help you survive in the real world unless you put in thousands of hours.  I believe in actual physical engagement in real-time so that you can hone your timing and skill.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

If you want to learn traditional karate, with all the forms (katas)  you should probably visit various studios around town and join one. That is how I started,  but it requires a life long dedication.  

On the other hand, if you want to cut to the chase, and learn real case scenarios and that will benefit you immediately, I'm your guy.  

IN addition, I am still in training Mui Thai kickboxing in and in Japanese jujitsu / judo 4 days a week to this day.