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"Only The Finest in Authentic Martial Arts Since 1991" Bryan Location 
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Master Steven M Franz
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  Steven M Franz, Shihan - Rokudan 6th Degree Black Belt
Master Instructor / Founder of Franz Karate

Franz Shihan has been training in Karate non-stop since he was a very young child. His training has taken him across the world a member of several US Karate teams. He has won a total of 11 World Champion Titles in martial arts competition over the years. Franz's accolades including being multifaceted at the art of Karate having fought in everything from point fighting all the way to bare knuckle, knock down Karate events successfully. What truly makes him unique is his ability to pass on the Karate in a manner that benefits his students, both inside and outside of the dojo. Franz Shihan has traveled to Okinawa to learn what the deeper meaning to Karate is about. During his travels he learned that true Karate, while being self defense oriented, is also about learning who your own self truly is. Through the dedicated training and discipline of Karate many things that seem impossible become a reality. His dedication and discipline are shown through his actions. Being a true Sensei and student of the Karate way, he travels two hours, one way, to train with his own teacher, Eddie Bethea Kyoshi, at least twice a month. He is also a promoter for the Professional Karate Commission and host one of the largest attended tournaments in the Mid-West, the Warriors Legacy Nationals.

The drive, passion and dedication Franz has for promoting true Karate has garnered him with numerous awards over the years including 12 Hall of Fame inductions, several championship titles in Sport Karate and more. Most recently, after a 10 year layoff from the tournament circuit, Franz completed the 2016 season winning #1 Executive Black Belt Weapons competitor along with placing #2 in Kumite and Kata. With all this being said Franz's most proud accomplishments in his Karate career have come in the form of the students he has trained to become successful, both in Karate and in life. Franz Shihan is a true Martial Arts Master and is dedicated to teaching you the best. He will always lead by his actions and is very well known throughout the martial arts world for his integrity, perseverance and talent as one of the top Karate teachers in the world. You can see Franz Shihan's resume with a complete listing of his qualifications by clicking here...

Matthew Edington, Sensei Dai
Sandan - 4th Degree Black Belt

Matt Edington has been training in the martial arts for over 20 years. He is Master Franz's most senior student in Shorin Ryu Shorinkan. Matt's tenacity, dedication and drive has garnered him many Regional and National championship titles along with being inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Edington Sensei has a deep passion for training martial arts and studies diligently with Master Franz. He will be traveling to Okinawa in 2017 to test for his Yondan - 4th Degree Black Belt as well. As one of the top competitors in Kata, Weapons and Kumite Edington Sensei is very highly respected among his peers and the Karate world.

   Shelley Schultz, Sensei
Sandan - 3rd Degree Black Belt

Shelley Schultz is part of one of our Black Belt Families. She and her kids, Riley and Sidney, make up a great combination of martial artists. Schultz Sensei assists in the day to day operations of our Bryan, Ohio location and oversees our Kid Tiger Karate program. Her dedication, hard work and determination has made her very well known among her peers on the tournament circuit. She also manages the front desk position for Franz Karate.
Mario Rodriguez, Sensei
Nidan - 3rd Degree Black Belt

Mario Rodriguez is a full time police officer, detective and sergeant in Bryan, Ohio. He has been studying Karate and learned that it is very adaptable for successful use as a police officer. Rodriguez Sensei is a multi-time National Karate Champion having earn Big Dog Honors at the PKC International Champions more than once. He will be traveling to Okinawa in 2017 to test for Sandan - 3rd Degree Black Belt and is a very highly respected member of the martial arts community across the Mid-West.

  Dave Morse, Sensei
Nidan - 3rd Degree Black Belt

Dave Morse is a highly dedicated martial arts student and has trained for many years. Beginning in Tae Kwon Do he came to Franz Karate and began to learn a new. Morse Sensei's training has taken to new heights in both Karate and outside of the dojo. He is a Regional and National Karate champion and competed as a member of the Indiana Karate Championship team in Dallas, Texas in 2016. Morse Sensei is traveling to Okinawa in 2017 to test for his Sandan, 3rd Degree Black Belt.
About Our Dojo

Franz Karate offers the absolute best in Traditional Martial Arts  training for all ages. Our system is Shorin Ryu ShorinKan Karate, which is one of the first systems to be developed in Okinawa. Our dojo has been in operation since 1991 and our goal is top level, professional and authentic Karate training for all ages. Our Master instructor is Steven Franz Shihan. Shihan is a Rokudan, 6th degree black belt, with over 38 years of training in the martial arts certified directly in Okinawa.
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Bryan Dojo Hours

Mon       5:30 to 8:30 PM
Tues      12:00 to 8:30 PM
Wed       5:00 to 8:00 PM
Thur       12:00 to 8:30 PM

Auburn Dojo Hours

Mon      12:00 to 8:30 PM
Wed      12:00 to 8:30 PM
Fri         6:00 to 7:30 PM