Bernard J. Dougherty Bernard J. Dougherty is the master instructor (Shihan) of Kobayashi Dojo. Shihan Dougherty is a 37-year practitioner of the art of Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. He currently holds the rank of Nana-dan (seventh degree black belt) in International Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IHSKF) and holds the rank of San-Dan (third degree black belt) in International Kenshin-Ryu Kobudo Association (IKKA) Okinawa Kobudo (weapons). Shihan has faithfully served the long tradition and has undergone a long apprenticeship in order to achieve the level of expertise that Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu requires of its students to become designated a Shihan (master instructor). Traditional Japanese Karate styles such as Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu require longer periods of study than other more modern styles of martial arts before advancement in the Dan (black belt) ranks. Shihan Dougherty has demonstrated the stamina, determination, and persistence worthy of his teaching status, and is willing to instill these qualities in his students no matter what the age. He has trained extensively in the United States and Japan directly under Grand Master Hayashi and his top-ranked Japanese national and international coaches and competitors. A 51-year resident of Lee County, Shihan Dougherty is very involved in the community in which he lives and is committed to providing quality teaching to students of all ages in order to promote Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu. Shihan Dougherty is also committed to the welfare of the community, promoting social interest and responsibility, combating juvenile delinquency, and encouraging adult mentors to council, assist, and encourage youth to learn, advance, and make positive life choices.
Yuki Dougherty Yuki is the administrator and the Instructor for Kobayashi Dojo. She has been training in Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu for 15 years and has completed the rank of San-Dan (third degree black belt). Yuki has competed in national and international competitions and has placed first in several events. She has also trained under Grand Master Teruo Hayashi and several of his top-ranked female competitors. Yuki is the mother of 2 and is originally from Osaka, Japan. Yuki came to the United States as a high school exchange student. Having received her high school diploma in both Japan and the United States Yuki obtained a college associates degree from Harcum College. With her background and understanding of both American and Japanese culture Yuki is adept at instructing adults and children of all ages. She is especially in tune to the needs of female students of all ages in helping them achieve their goals in Karate with her self-discipline and knowledge of Karate-do. Her dedication and patience are displayed in all that she does from raising her children and helping her husband run the dojo to the countless volunteer hours she provides to the community. She sets a positive role model for the members of the community to follow.