Shotokan Tigers

Shotokan Tigers

5.0 (2)
25 employees
40 years in business

About this pro

Hello my name is Roland I am a Army Infantryman Veterans, from the 70's and 80's I am old school. I started doing Kung Fu in the 70's living in the (Oakland) bay area. I was station in Germany and started learning boxing, after a couple years 21 to be correct, I followed my work to Crete, Greece I started to work for the Navy as a Environmental Specialist. On the Navy base at the gym was a British Gentlemen Sensei Keith Bailey 4th Dan  who taught Shotokan Karate I joined the class and 9 years later I received my 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate. There was also a British Gentlemen who was a good friend of my Sensei (Instructor) Name Sensei Bridgewater 4th Dan Aikido, I was passed on to Sensei Bridgewater to learn Aikido technique. My Instructors wife was a Nurse and found work in Germany so My Instructor passed his class on to me I teach basic Shotokan Karate with Aikido technique. 

I love teaching basic Karate everything starts with the basics you have to get the basic correct first, and helping others is a blessing to see them progress forward. No matter how good you are. basic is always important. In Karate we understand everyone body is different and enjoying is the most important part!

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Bakersfield, CA 93301
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2 Reviews


  • Keith Bailey MBE.

    Friendly experienced instructor that motivates all the kids in an amazing productive way.

  • Charlie Szybiak

    Sensei Roland knows how to relate to students, how to motivate them and make the learning fun.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We start with warm ups, then move to basic blocks, kicks, punches how to hold your hands,  how to move forward and backwards. Then you will start to learn the first Kata and work on blocks, kicks stands. These is a guide line I have to follow!

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

I have about 22 years experience all together Boxing, Shotokan Karate

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

Because I want to teach so I don't forget this gift of Shotokan Karate I will only charge $20.00 hr. 

How did you get started teaching?

I was a very hard working student did not miss a class even after breaking my forearm in training, still continued my Instructor sent me to training for assistance trainer and after that I started my own class in Greece, Crete after my Instructor  relocated due to family matters,  I went to the head of the Village where I was living on the Island and ask if I could teach the kids. Only if they had good grades and worked hard. I had 27 students it was great what a challenge the language is Greek mixed with English!

What types of students have you worked with?

Greek students so the language was a challenge but we got the job done!