Karate Austin - Seiwakai of Texas

2415 Exposition (@ Windsor) - Breath and Body Building

Austin, TX 78703


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The head instructor of Heijoshin Karate-do is James Pounds, Shihan.  Mr. Pounds is ranked 6th degree black belt (Rokudan), Goju-Ryu Karate-do Seiwa Kai and 5th degree black belt (Godan) Japan Karate Federation Goju Kai.  He also holds past Yudansha ranking in both Okinawan Goju Ryu - Jundokan International and Shito-Ryu-Motobu-ha, and has over 40 years of martial arts experience.  

Mr. Pounds has been training karate since 1973.  In 2004 he moved Heijoshin Dojo into the Japan Karate Federation (JKF) Goju Kai, becoming the Texas representative  for the USA Goju Ryu Seiwa Kai Organization in 2006.  He serves as Secretary of the USA Goju-Ryu Seiwa Kai organization and is Seiwa Kai head instructor for the State of Texas.  He was awarded his Kyoshi license by Fujiwara Hanshi in 2012.

Sensei Theresa Herrera-Pounds is assistant instructor and women's coach.  She holds a 4th degree black belt ranking (Yondan) in Goju-Ryu Karate-do Seiwa Kai and also Yundansha ranking in Okinawan Goju Ryu - Jundokan InternationalShe began her training in 1989 in Shito-Ryu under Shihan Don Coslet in Austin, Texas.  

Both Sensei are also certified Kundalini Yoga Instructors and have incorporated many of the benefits of stretching and breath control of yoga into martial arts warm-ups and training, believing that yoga and karate-do compliment one another and can lead to a synergistic, injury-free practice beneficial to the health and longevity of our practitioners. 



            Assistant Instructor is Sensei Alfred Molina, Sandan - Seiwa Kai, Nidan - JKF Gojukai (Austin)


Senior Dai-Sensei Instructors are Samantha Parsons, Nidan; Aaron Luckevich, Shodan; Chris Gallegos, Shodan (Austin) 


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Last Updated December 28, 2016