Hiroko Mori was born and raised in Japan and moved to California in 1984. She began practicing Karate under Godan (5th degree black belt) Ken Osborne in Shotokan Karate of America or SKA in 1985. Hiroko has been teaching Karate since 1987. She was promoted by Ohshima Sensei to Yodan (4th degree black belt) in 2001. The 5th degree black belt is the highest achievable in the style. Hiroko trained in Jujitsu (throwing and grappling) for 3 years, and in Kendo (Japanese Fencing) since 2003. She holds brown belt in Kendo.
Since 1991, Hiroko has been traveling across the US (Kansas City, Boise, Tahoe, San Jose, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Berkeley, Sacramento and Davis) and Canada (Vancouver) teaching women’s self-defense classes.
When she is not practicing karate, Hiroko teaches Japanese at a community college in Redding.
Brad Marsh started practice at the Redding dojo in April of 2000. He was promoted to Yodan (4th degree black belt) under Hiroko Mori’s instruction in 2016. Brad first trained in Okinawan Shorinji-ryu in Cupertino, California and attained Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in 1988.
When he is not practicing karate, Brad pursues a Primal lifestyle, enjoying time with his dogs and working on his Jeeps. He is also gainfully employed as an Information Technologist at a college textbook publisher in Redding.
David Shauer, Shodan (first-degree black belt), is a direct student of Ken Osborne and now Hiroko Mori. David doubles as the kids’ class main instructor and as a trainer at Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness (our host athletic club). David is known for his fierce kumite and his patience and expertise with the kids’ class.
SKA Shotokan Throws
Yodan Hiroko Mori demonstrates nagewaza (throwing) with Brad Marsh at Stanford during SKA NorCal 35th Anniversary demonstration, November, 2008: