Sensei Tim O’Keefe
Sensei Tim began studying martial arts in 1969 under Sensei Mike Stone in Huntington Beach, CA. He attained the rank of Blue Belt in Shorin Ryu Okinawan Karate. He continued studying martial arts in various styles including Korean Tang Soo Do, Judo, and Aikido while serving in the United States Navy. He has been a student at MAI since May 1995, promoted to Black Belt in October 1998, received his Nidan in December 2000, and his Sandan in August 2005. In his first competition as a Black Belt, he won 1st place in both Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring) at the San Diego Grand Nationals held in March 1999. His goal is to continue to improve and refine his techniques and to compete and win at the annual International Black Belt Championship held in Las Vegas, Nevada.