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Fariborz Azhakh

Fariborz Azhakh

Every black belt remembers the time when martial arts became a passion. It happened to me at age eight. My brother took me to see a Bruce Lee movie, and to this day I can close my eyes and fe Read More ...

Bill Null

Bill Null

Back in 1994 I was attending night school, and one of my classmates mentioned she was taking karate lessons nearby. It sounded like fun, and out of curiosity I stopped by and met Mr. Fariborz. I did n Read More ...

Ronald Rochel

Ronald Rochel

I started martial arts in 2005 when I was 15 years old. My parents signed me up so I would be more active. The first time I watched a class, my mom asked me if I wanted to join and I answered yeah, su Read More ...

Justin Pennish

Justin Pennish

Martial arts has always been my lifelong pursuit. I started at Team Karate Centers in 1997 when I was just four years old. At that point, enrolling wasnt much of a personal choice, but I guess its tru Read More ...

Sam Hakimi

Sam Hakimi

I started martial arts when I was 10 years old much to my discontent. My mom wanted me to take lessons, although I had no initial interest. But once I finally started at Team Karate Centers, I fell in Read More ...

David Pennish

David Pennish

My first experience in martial arts began at the age of 18 in 1973. I attended the Chuck Norris School in Los Angeles. I chose to enroll in martial arts because I knew that I was easily angered and ne Read More ...

Jacki Lovrich

Jacki Lovrich

I started martial arts 6 years ago after spending a few years on the sidelines as the parent of a TKC student. One day, Mr. Fariborz asked me if I would train myself, and after my first class, I was  Read More ...

Linda Vogel

Linda Vogel

Although I took my first martial arts class while I was a freshman in college, my real introduction to martial arts was not until years later when my 2 1/2 year old son came to Team Karate Centers for Read More ...

Faramarz Ajakh

Faramarz Ajakh

Mr. Faramarz, older brother to Mr. Fariborz, doesn't care how old you are, what you look like, or what language you speak. It doesn't matter to him where you are from or what belt you hold, if Read More ...


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/ what is sensei?

Misunderstood meaning: teacher

Actual meaning: guide

Why it matters: Because it's composed of the roots sen (before) and sei (life), the literal translation of sensei is before in life Sensei Fariborz says. "A sensei is somebody who guides another person". For example, if you went to climb a mountain, you'd probably need a guide. Why? Because the guide has climbed that mountain before, and he had made it.
Its the same thing with martial arts. The sensei was once at the same stage of training youre at, and he can show you the way up. If you understand what his role is, you will have a better idea of what you can expect from him and what he can expect from you.
Think of it this way: A sensei is behind you, pushing you forward, not standing in front of you pulling. Ultimately, it's your responsibility to progress.


Thank you again for giving me a chance

Thank you for all you have taught me about karate and life lessons I especially want to thank you for opening Team Karate Center and for hiring such great instructors, because I have learned so much. I have so many amazing memories from Team Karate Center. Some of my favorites have been all of the guest instructors come and teach us moves from other places. All of the workouts and running during karate has also helped me with basketball. I have had a lot of fun these last 3 years. I have made a lot of new friends and met some amazing people. Thank you again for giving me a chance to become a Black Belt.

Ashton King

1st Degree Black Belt, Class of 2007

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