HANSHI CHARLES SCOTT-8TH DAN
Hanshi Charles Scott has taught thousands of people of all ages over the years. His school, The College of Martial Arts, does not focus on teaching sport karate, or point sparring. His focus is on traditional martial arts. A martial arts that will teach you skills and awareness if you are attacked. He aims to develop reactions that can be applied to protect yourself.
Hanshi’s Scott’s area of study includes Shudo Kan karate (8th Dan), Gosoku Ryu karate (8th Dan), Kenpo Jitsu, Taekwon Do, Kobudo weapons, Yoshinkan Aikido, Wu Kung Fu, and Tai Chi Chuan where he holds different black belt rankings in each. Mr. Scott has continually been training in Hojutsu, the art of firing a gun, for 10 years with Soke Jeff Hall and was awarded the rank of Godan (5th dan) in February of 2016. Additionally, Hanshi Scott has a doctorate degree in Martial Arts Management with an emphasis on Oriental Religious Philosophy.
By having such a strong background in so many different styles of martial arts Hanshi Scott is able to take the basic value of karate another step further through the introduction of other types of training. This is very valuable for instruction where self-defense is paramount for life safety. It allows a student learning karate to also learn basic tactics in judo and aikido where a fight may end up on the ground and any means necessary will be used to subdue an attacker--something that sport karate does not focus on.
Karate class on Monday nights and Saturday mornings are taught by Hanshi Scott. These days offer an hour class for kids (4-13) and a separate hour for adults (+14) Exceptions on age are always made and depend on the level and ability of the student. Hanshi teaches Aikido and Kung Fu on Tuesday's and Thursday's for all ages and all levels. He also teaches a Iaido (katana sword) class that is occationally combined with other Kobudo weapons on Saturday after the Adult Karate class.
RENSHI DENNIS SWARTHOUT- 7TH DAN
Renshi Dennis Swarthout started taking karate classes from Hanshi Scott in the late 1970’s when he was 12 years old. He is a Nana Dan (7th degree) black belt and was recently awarded the title "Renshi" by Soke Kubota in 2014. Renshi is a title bestowed upon those who are actively teaching and have over 30+ years of training. Renshi Swarthout is an invaluable member of our dojo. He is an excellent source of information and an outstanding instructor. His methods of teaching allow the student to break down basics to their most pure form and to develop the most proficient movements.
Renshi has additional background knowledge in Shotokan and Shito Ryu Karate.
SOKE JEFF HALL- 10TH DAN HOJUTSU
Soke Jeff Hall has been shooting for over 50 years and has been a student of firearms combatives for 40 years. He has over 25 years of military and police experience, with a strong emphasis on SWAT. He has also studied traditional arts for 40 years, holding ranks of 3rd Dan in Kobudo, Ia Tate Do, and Jiu-Jitsu; 5th Dan in Shudokan and and Gosoku-Ryu; and 10th Dan in Hojutsu. He is an NRA Distinguished Shooter, one of 25 Handgun Combat Masters in the world, a law enforcement Master Instructor, and currently studies Iaido and Arnis. Hall is a retired Alaska State Trooper lieutenant who spent nineteen years on the pistol team and 12 years on the SWAT team; he has used the techniques he teaches in combat. Hall travels across the U.S. and teaches nationally for several professional training associations. He has published numerous articles and has written several training manuals. He is an NRA certified instructor in handgun, shotgun, submachine gun, carbine, and precision rifle.
The title of Soke is a term reserved only for those who have created a new style of martial arts. Often this incorporates the most effective techniques from a variety of other martial art styles.
While Soke Hall is away Hojitsu classes are being taugh at IKA Alaska by Sensei Craig Lewis (Ni dan) and Sensei Ace Adams (Ni dan).
Shihan dai Annie
We have many high ranking and excellent instructors who are always willing to help teach you basics or work with you on more advanced kata's and techniques.
Shihan Dai Annie (Go Dan-5th dan) and Sensei Bo (Yon Dan- 4th Dan) are both wonderful with kids. They lead a class that focuses on basics and basic breaks on Wednesday nights that is a favorite for kids and families.
Sensei Dave (Yon Dan-4th Dan) works a slow introductory course for new members on Friday evening. This is also an excellent class for those who need additional clarification or who have questions that can't be asked during one of the faster courses.
Sensei Bill (San Dan- 3rd Dan) On Thursday evenings Sensei Bill teaches a class that is set at a quick pace that covers a lot of basics and kata. This is a class has been growing in popularity with adults of all ranks at our Chena Dojo.
***All ranks are welcome to all of these classes and the pace of the class varies on how hard you want to go.***
Jeanette Scott- OPERATION: T.I.G.E.R.S.
Jeannette is a San Dan (3rd Dan) Shudo Kan Karate, Ni Dan (2nd Dan) Kubudo Weapons, Shodan in Gosoku Ryu Karate, Shodan in Yoshinkan Aikido and she holds intermediate ranks in Jujitsu and Kung Fu. She is also a Kickbox Fit-Master Instructor.
She has been teaching self-defense classes in the Fairbanks area since 1996. Jeannette has taught both public and private classes which include Fairbanks North Star Borough employees, both students and employees of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Tanana Valley Clinic staff, the Fairbanks Native Association, Girl Scouts of America and more. She has been teaching for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College since 2013.
Jeannette has, over the past twenty years, taken numerous classes relevant to personal safety best practices to include both the physiological and psychological components that must be addressed prior to learning how to defend oneself through the use of physical force.
Passionate about self-defense and personal safety, Jeannett is eager to share her knowledge and skills with those who are interested.