Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts of


and the relaxing art of Tai Chi Chuan

Welcome to the information site for the Athens Karate School located approximately 3 miles south of Athens, Texas.  We offer classes in Shorinryu Kenshin-Kan Karate-do, the traditional Okinawan martial art of Grandmaster Fusei Kise of Okinawa, Japan.  We maintain an active affiliation with Master Kise and through his federation, the Okinawa Shorinryu Matsumura Seito Karate and Kobudo Federation and the All Okinawa Shorinryu Karate and Kobudo Federation.  We also offer from time to time, classes in tai chi and kickboxing for self-defense.

The chief instructor of the Athens Karate School is Mr. John Shipes, Shihan, Hachidan who is one of three United States Directors of Master Kise’s organization, along with Mr. Greg Lazarus, Shihan, Hachidan of Dover, New Hampshire and Mr. Jeff Ader, Shihan, Hachidan of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Welcome to our site and we hope you find it informative. 




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Athens Karate School

8650 State Highway 19 South

Athens, TX 75751

Phone:  903-675-3229

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Athens Karate School

Master Kise teaching me some tuite techniques ~ circa 1983 at Sensei Warrens’s dojo in Palestine, Texas

Master Kise’s U.S. Directors

Shihan Jeff Ader, Shihan Greg Lazarus, Shihan John Shipes