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Sherman Oaks / Los Angeles, CA

Taichiro Kaijima

Chief Karate Instructor

Over 30 years of Karate experience, started in his native country of Japan, 10 years of training under Hidetaka Nishiyama. A dozen-time U.S. national champion. Internationally certified coach & instructor.


"Before I started karate training over 30 years ago, I was never physically active or fit. Now I'm in my 40s; my body has never been in better condition, and my mind/sense has never been this sharp or clear, all thanks to the karate training. I have met so many amazing people locally and internationally through karate connections, and some of my best life experiences happened at dojos, seminars, or tournaments. My late teacher, Master Nishiyama, left us a path of karate training that is fun and systematic; I'm here at VMAC hoping to share with you my positive experiences through the training of this art."

Adult, Kids and Minikicks Karate Instructor

Eiko Murata

A World Medalist, Pan-American Champion, and multi-medalist in the US National Championships. A Japanese instructor with 20 years of experience, the latest student of Hidetaka Nishiyama.


Eiko Murata (VMAC adult, kids and Minikicks Instructor) is a 3rd-degree black belt with about 20 years of karate experience. She is a former international-level competitor and has won numerous regional, national, and international tournaments including the WTKF World Karate Championship in Geneva and WTKF Pan-American Championship in Brazil. She was Sensei Nishiyama's latest student and has trained regularly at Rokah Karate under Sensei Avi Rokah and Sensei Ron Vance.

Adult and Kids Karate Instructor

Jon Budd


Jon Budd has been studying martial arts for 29 years. In college, he studied Tae Kwon Do from 1988 to 1992 and continued his martial arts training in Tang Soo Do from 1992 to 1994.

In 1994, Jon started studying Shotokan Karate with Sensei Avi Rokah in Los Angeles, CA, for three years and was awarded a green belt (4th Kyu) by Master Nishiyama in 1997. He received a 1st-degree black belt (Sho-dan) in 2004. 
Since 2008, he has continued to study Shotokan Karate from sensei Taichiro Kaijima and occasionally Ron Vance and Avi Rokah.
Jon received a 2nd-degree black belt (Ni-dan) in 2017.

Valley Martial Arts Center (VMAC) Karate Instructors - Shotokan Karate Nishiyama - ha Instructor - Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys near Encino, North Hollywood, Northridge, Studio City, Burbank, Hollywood / Los Angeles, CA

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