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

Martial Arts Experience & Background
     Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do 7th Dan
     Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do 8th Dan
     Shorin Ryu ShorinKan Rokudan 6th Dan
     Kokusai Rengokai Kobudo 1st Dan
     Judo 2nd Dan
     Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu 1st Kyu
     Danzan Ryu Jujitsu 3rd Dan
     Go-Mokuroku Certification in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido

Training History
    May 1978—Began Japanese Goju Ryu Karate (Peter Urban Lineage) in Angola, Indiana
    May 1983—Began Tae Kwon Do Training in Edgerton, Ohio
    November 7, 1987—Earned 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (AMTA)
    November 11, 1988—Earned 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (AMTA)
    January 1989—Met Junishiro Takanami and began training with him during my college years in Okinawan
           Karate (Strong Naha and Tomari-Te influence)  Remained friends and trained together until he passed in
           away in 2007. ** Takanami Sensei awarded me Godan in 1997
    November 20, 1991—Earned 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
    December 1, 1991—Opened my own school in Hicksville, Ohio
    June 1994—Earned 4th Dan in Tae Kwon Do
    September 1997—Awarded 5th Dan in Tae Kwon Do
    February 2001—Awarded 6th Dan by World Black Belt Bureau
    August 2006—Awarded 7th Dan by the International Martial Arts Council
    2009 Awarded 8th Dan in Tae Kwon Do and Aiki-Te Ryu Karate by the US National Martial Arts Alliance
    June 2008—Began training in Kokusai Rengokai Kobudo under Eddie Bethea Kyoshi
    July 2009—Began training in Shorin Ryu Shorinkan Karate under Eddie Bethea Kyoshi
    April 2015—6th Dan under Eddie Bethea Kyoshi in Shorin Ryu Shorikan while training in Okinawa
    April 2015—Earned Shihan Instructor Certification under Eddie Bethea Kyoshi. Certified by Shugoro Nakazato
            Hanshi Judan forgoing all other ranks and certificates earned to this point. Only Shorin Ryu ShorinKan
            system rank and certifications are what I adhere to from this point forward in my martial arts training.

Martial Arts Accolades, Awards and Titles Earned
     1982—Present have competed for many years in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky Karate tournaments
               as well internationally including Canada, Greece, Mexico, Jamaica and Australia
     1983 Placed 2nd in 3 Rivers Tournament in Kumite. Was my first trophy win in my career.
     1986 Indiana State Kumite and Kata Champion (AMTA)
     1987 Indiana State Kumite and Kata Champion Runner Up (AMTA)
     1992 through 1997 Competed in Kyokushin and Eishin Karate Bare Knuckle Knockdown Tournaments
     1990 through 1994 Competed in Kickboxing. Retired to run my dojo. 8 wins, 2 loss, 1 draw record.
     1995—2005 White Tiger Tournament Grand Champion, lost in 2006, regained and held it in 2007 to 2012
     1994—1998 Top 20 PKC School Points Listing
     1995 AMKA Karate Champion Master’s Black Belt Kumite, Kata, Weapons and Self Defense
     1996 AMKA Karate Champion Master’s Black Belt Kumite, Kata, Weapons and Self Defense
     1995 WCOMA World Champion Black Belt Master’s Kumite, Kata, Weapons & Self Defense (Triple Crown)
     1996 IGOR World Champion Master’s Kumite and Weapons Kata
     1996 WCOMA World Champion Black Belt Master’s Kumite, Kata and Weapons (Triple Crown)
     1997 WCOMA World Champion Black Belt Master’s Kumite
     2000 The World vs Hawaii World Champion Master’s Kumite, Kata, Weapons and Self Defense Triple Crown
              Title (I was also head coach on the team that year and we won the gold in every division)
     2003 The Alliance World Championships held in Greece—Master’s Kumite and Kata Champion
     2007 The Alliance Battle at the Beach Master’s Champion
     2004—2008 US Alliance National Points Champion Black Belt Master’s Kumite, Kata, Weapons
     2011—2015 PKC Indiana Region School Top 5 (2012, 2013, 2014 Runner Up for Top School)
     2012—Won Robert A Trias Memorial Award at White Tiger Tournament
     2012—Eddie Bethea Humanitarian Award
     2015—Molum Combat Arts Honor Society Yap Suk Dai Ji Award from Master Tim White
     2016 Listed in the “Who’s Who in Martial Arts Publication”
     2016 PKC Region 2 season finished 1st place champion in Weapons, 2nd place in Kata and 2nd in Kumite after
             not competing for over 10 years. }  Earned many grand champion trophies over the years as well.  Earned
             a total of 28 Grand Champion trophies at Ken Gillenwater’s tournaments in Pierceton, Indiana from 1991
             through 2002
     Competed well on NASKA, NBL and ISKA circuits
     Tae Kwon Do Times Instructor of the Year award 1996
     Was inducted into the US National Martial Arts Hall of Fame a total of 11 times for various themes.
     Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2007 in St. Louis.
     2016 Worked with Century Martial Arts and developed a traditional karate uniform. Designed the logos, uniform
             and material. Traveled to Oklahoma in December of 2016 to be photographed for the marketing of the
             uniform. Officially selected as spoke person for the new Kata Gi we developed.
     2016 Rated #1 Master Black Belt Weapons Competitor in the Region
     2016 Rated #2 Master Black Belt Kata and Kumite Competitor in the Region
     2016 Glenn R Keeney Award for Excellence in Karate

Instructor Accomplishments
     Have had several students from 1995 to the present be rated in the top 10 of PKC point seasons include
             several Ohio, Indiana and National Champions
     Have had several students win Big Dog Titles at the PKC Internationals
     Have won over 60 School Trophies at various events throughout the Mid-West including 32 at Lion’s Karate
             Tournaments hosted by Ken Gillenwater from 1992 until 2005
     Several of my students have traveled as members of various Karate team representing the USA through
             WCOMA, WOMAA and The Alliance over the years
     Have had articles / letters published in Black Belt Magazine and Official Karate Magazine
     Have self-authored training manuals for my students and a well visited Blog page.
     Been teaching and running a school since 1991. Opened it with $125 of my savings and have never had a loan
             or used credit to build my schools.
     AMKA Top School Award 1995, 1996
     AMKA Instructor of the year 1995, 1996
     Co-founded the American Midwest Karate Association but left the leadership in 1996 for personal reasons.
     2007 to 2009 The Alliance School of the Year Award consecutively

Other Martial Arts Training  Items of Interest
     Completed PPCT Assistant Instructor & Instructor Certification
     Completed Bodyguard Training and certified
     Have a strong interest in martial arts historical facts and research. Currently my library consists of over 300
            books, manuals, magazines and around 150 films, DVD’s and VHS tapes spanning over 30 decades...
            and it is still growing. Many are signed by the authors.
     Have attended law enforcement tactical training seminars with various instructors over the years.
     Certified Anti-Bully instructor under the Tom Patire method called Bullyguard
     Certified Self Defense Instructor in Know & Go, Rape Free and other methods
     Have held a total of over 130 Women’s Self Defense Clinics since 1993
     Hosted Seminars at my dojo with Eddie Bethea Kyoshi, Donnie Michael Shihan, John Venson Hanshi,
            Reginald Venson Renshi, Steve Leffel and many more over the years.

Notable Instructors I have attended Seminars for training with
     Hanshi Glenn Keeney—Kumite
     Master Eddie Bethea Jr.—Several aspects of Kobudo and Karate
     Minoru Nakazato Hanshi Judan - Shorin Ryu ShorinKan
     Master Stephen K Haynes—Togakure Ryu Ninjitsu
     Master Ed Parker Sr.—American Kenpo
     Hanshi John Venson Principles of Kumite
     Mr. Bill Superfoot Wallace—Superfoot Kicking Methods
     Master Herb Johnson—Competitive Karate
     Hanshi Fumio Demura—Karate
     Master Tadashi Yamashita—Karate and Kobudo
     Master Neil Stolsmark—Karate and Kobudo
     Master Tom Ward—Martial Arts Master Class
     Master Chuck Norris—Competitive Karate and Sparring
     Frank Dux—Dux Ryu Combatives
     Master Geoff Meede (actor / stuntman / 5th Dan American Kenpo)
     Master Jeff Speakman—American Kenpo
     Master Phillip Rhee
     Master Hee Il Cho
     Master Dan and Chad Netherland—Extreme Breaking
     Guru Dan Insanto—Kali and Escrima
     Jackie Chan Stunt Team Training
     Jim Wagner Reality Based Combatives

Martial Arts Organization Affiliations
     The Professional Karate Commission Lifetime Member
     Shorin Ryu ShorinKan Member
     Shorin Ryu ShorinKan Licensed Martial Arts School
     USA Karate Federation Lifetime Member
     United States Association of Martial Artists Member
     United States Karate Association Member (1978-1982)

Personal Note by Franz Shihan:
My journey has also allowed me to study Shotokan, Aikido, Akijitsu among other various arts but my heart has always been with Karate as my foundation and rock. Thanks to Eddie Bethea Kyoshi I am now right where I have always dreamed to be...learning an authentic Okinawan form of Karate the proper way. My long term goal is to be a great promoter for the PKC, develop an incredible tournament, represent and honor my Sensei and preserve the art of Shorin Ryu ShorinKan with all my heart.

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