Shihan Sen (Senthil Thiyagarajan)
Shihan Sen started karate in early 1980 in South India. He trained under Sensei Kalaimani and practicing karate for around 35 years. He is currently a 6th Degree (ROKUDAN) Black Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate-Do, USA Karate and WKF (World Karate Federation). He is the founder and chief instructor of Champion Karate Academy. He currently holds WKF KATA Judge A, WKF Kumite Judge B, USA-NKF National Referee in Kumite and Kata. He is one of the Referee Council member of Texas ASO and a Technical Committee member of Shuko-Kai International. He is the head coach of CKA's elite competition team.
In 2005, he founded Champion Karate Academy and started teaching Karate in Irving soon after winning his first USA Nationals medal in Charlotte, NC. In 2007, he met and joined Sensei Kunio Miyake, president of Shuko-Kai International. Very soon he was accepted and appointed as a Technical Committee member of Shuko-Kai International by Sensei Kunio Miyake.
He had participated over 500 karate tournaments including nationals and various internationals and won so many titles. He won the India National Champion title for 10 years consecutively and a National record holder of winning 3 Gold and 2 Silver Medals in a national championship held at Bhopal, India in 2000.
He won a Gold Medal in Men Advanced Team Kata senior division in USA National Championship 2012, Florida, a Gold Medal in Master's Kata division in USA Open 2009, Silver medal in 2010 USA Open, an international karate championship held at Las Vegas, USA. He won more champion titles in Texas State and local championships.
He participated as an athlete in Various International Karate Championships which includes 19th World Karate-do Federation championship 2008 held in Japan, 6th World Cup 1997, Manila, Common Wealth Karate Championships 2008 in Scotland, Asian Karate Championships in Manila and Singapore. He won 2 silver medals in South Asian Federation Games, Nepal 1999.
He has traveled to Japan, France, Germany, Serbia, Scotland, London, Singapore, Hongkong, Malayasia, Nepal, Manila, across USA and India as an athlete, coach and Referee.
In 2004, he came to USA to work as a software engineer. He is currently working as a Product Specialist at JDA Software Group.
In 2006, he along with his family has been invited to Raj Bhavan by Dr. Abdul Kalam, ex-President and great Scientist of India as a token of honor for his martial arts achievements.
He has been nominated for "Arjuna Award" for 3 times in the sport of Karate. This award is the highest and prestigious award in India presented to the sports person by Indian Government.
He has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Chennai University, India. He played for his high school, college Cricket and Kabbadi sports team.
His passion and dedication towards karate-do, vast martial arts knowledge, experience, tournament achievements and special training skills helps him to produce more champions not only in karate competition but also in life.
Jun-Shihan Pon (Ponmalar Senthil)
Jun-Shihan Pon, a Black Belt 5th Degree, started karate in 1986 in South India. She trained under Sensei Kalaimani and practicing karate for around 30 years. She is the co-founder and a senior instructor of Champion Karate Academy. She is also coach of CKA's elite competition team. Currently she holds a Referee license in Kumite and Judge license in Kata from USA Karate.
She had participated over 300 karate tournaments including nationals and various internationals and won so many titles. She won the India National Champion title for 4 years and 10 Times state champion titles consecutively.
She has a Master degree in Sociology, a Bachelor degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor degree in Corporate & Secretaryship.
Other than karate-do, she was also a national player in the sport called "KABBADI".
Sensei Sura (Suresh Raman)
Sensei Sura started karate in early 1984 in South India. He trained under Soke Moses Thilak- Founder and technical director Alan Thilak Shito Ryu Karate India, and later joined with Sensei Kalaimani and practicing karate for around 30 years. He is currently a 6th Degree Black Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. He also trained various martial Arts like Jujitsu, Iai-Do, Ken-Do,Tai Chi and Raja yoga -member of Self realization Fellowship- Los Angles.
He had participated over 400 karate tournaments including nationals and various internationals and have won many titles. He has won the India National Champion title for 7 times, and have represented India in various World Championships and Asian Championships.
Recently, he won a Gold Medal in Seniors Men Advanced Team Kata division in USA National Championship 2012, Florida and gold medals in Senior Kata division in Texas local championships.