Classes at the Hollywood Dojo are taught by a staff of trained and dedicated Black Belt instructors supervised by Los Angeles Branch Chief Sei Shihan John Greene. All of the instructors are volunteers with outside professional careers, and almost all black belts have been training with Jun Shihan John for over 10 years.
Sei Shihan Veronica Greene
Branch Manager, 7th Degree Black Belt
Sei Shihan Veronica is Seido Karate Los Angeles Hollwood Dojo branch coordinator. In 1984 she earned her Black Belt in Seido karate and began assisting Sei Shihan John teaching at the Northridge Park. For the next 10 years Sei Shihan Veronica went on to win numerous awards for her outstanding katas at local tournament competitions. For the past 20 years, she has taught Seido karate programs at numerous locations throughout the Los Angeles area - Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Stephen S. Wise Elementary School in Bel Air, and the Beverly Hills High School Adult Education Program, to name a few. Presently she is teaching at the Hollywood Dojo and oversees its daily operation.
Sei Shihan John Greene
Branch Chief, 7th Degree Black Belt
Sei Shihan John Greene is the Seido Karate Los Angeles Branch Chief and hold black belts in Seido and Kyokushinkai karate. He began his formal martial arts training in 1970 training in jujitsu and judo under master Sensei Nobuyoshi Higashi. In 1971 he began his study of karate-do with world renowned karate master Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura at the 14th Street Dojo in New York City while at the same time continuing his training under Sensei Higashi. He trained three times a day practicing Judo, Jujitsu, and Kyokushin Karate, and received his shodan from Kaicho Nakamura in Kyokushin Karate in 1975. A year later, Sei Shihan John arrived in Los Angeles and by 1980 he was overseeing martial arts programs for the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation at the Northridge Park.
In 1980 he returned to New York to train with Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura and receive his Black Belt in the newly formed World Seido Karate Organization. In 1981 Sei Shihan John and his students became members of the World Seido Karate Organization and the official Los Angeles branch was established. For the past 25 years Sei Shihan John and his staff of qualified instructors have been teaching Seido karate to children, women, and men in the Los Angeles area. Presently he is teaching at the Hollywood Dojo and oversees all outside Seido programs taught by his students.
Kyoshi Rob Elk
Senior Instructor, 5th Degree Black Belt
Sensei Jeff Fontelera
Instructor, 4th Degree Black Belt
Instructor, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Assistant Instructor, 2nd Degree Black Belt
OTHER BLACK BELTS
Kyoshi Steve Berman, 5th Degree Black Belt
Kyoshi Bill Humphrey, 5th Degree Black Belt
Kyoshi Matt Konicek, 5th Degree Black Belt
Kyoshi Tomo Ueno, 5th Degree Black Belt
Senpai Crystal Greene, 3rd Degree Black Belt
Senpai Dee Kulacz, 3rd Degree Black Belt
Craig Zimmerman, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Love Alegre, 2nd Degree Black Belt
Debbie Gloria, 1st Degree Black Belt
Torry Pendergrass, 1st Degree Black Belt
Jun Shihan Fintan Ryan
6th Degree Black Belt