Karate Intensives for Shotokan Practitioners
Fifth degree black belt
Nina Chenault has over thirty years of training in
Shotokan Karate. Sensei Chenault has trained around the
country and in Japan, and has had the priviledge of
studying with several masters including Senseis'
Nishiyama, Yaguchi and Mori. This broad exposure to
diverse ideas gives Sensei Chenault both breadth and
depth in her training that is unique in the martial arts.
Sensei Chenault is a professional martial artist, and has
the distinction of being the first North American woman
to achieve her rank in the International Traditional
Karate Federation (ITKF). She pioneered the effort for
women to be included in national and international
competition, and went on to compete successfully in
National and World Karate Competitions from 1973 to 1992.
She is now an international judge and referee and
operates a martial arts school - the West Bank Karate
Club - offering Shotokan Karate, Yoga and Tai Chi.
During her ongoing search for knowledge and influences,
Sensei Chenault has enabled and experienced the evolution
of women's participation in Shotokan Karate first hand.
Her expertise in shifting, self-defense and creative
kumite is drawn both from this experience and her
integration of varied traditional perspectives.
*1972 Shodan - Sensei Yamaguchi
*1974 Nidan - Sensei Nakayama
*1980 Sandan - Sensei Matsura
*1986 Yondan - Sensei Nishiyama - Blocking (soto
*1996 Godan - Sensei Nishiyama - Shifting (yori
*Current research regards how traditional martial arts
training develops intuitiveness.
Sensei Chenault offers karate seminars in the
*Creative Kumite Strategy (for women and men)
*Kata - Individual and Team
*How to integrate Kihon to Kata and Kumite
*Others as requested
If you are interested in having Sensei Chenault conduct a
seminar at a dojo or club in your region, please
coordinate her visit in conjunction with your regional
director. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 612-333-8635 for more information and to discuss