Karate Instructors of Fighting Spirit Karate
Owner of Fighting Spirit Karate
Shihan Sean Schenker:
Shihan Sean Schenker started his martial arts career in the late 70's training in the New Paltz, NY World Oyama Karate dojo when he was only 5 years of age. He began to learn Kyokushin karate in the golden age era of Kyokushin fighting; he learned directly from the legendary figures of Soshu Shigeru Oyama, Shihan Mike Skinner, Sensei Frank Clark, Shihan Willie Williams, and many more. He immediately excelled in the Kyokushin art and earned his Shodan (1st-Degree Black Belt), under the WOKO in 1989 when he was 16 years old. After finishing high school and moving to many different places over the states, Shihan took a leave of absence from Kyokushin karate to focus on his musical career. He later began to train under the MYB organization and earned up to his Godan (5th Degree Black Belt), as of 2020 in their organization. After moving back to New Paltz, NY, and starting his own dojo, Shihan began to explore Kyokushin organizations once again. Shihan found a love for the art as he shared best in the IFK and joined as a member. Since joining Shihan Sean has become an official USA-IFKK instructor and elected as the Chairman of the board, in the United States branch. In 2020 the president of the USA-IFKK, Shihan Michael Monaco (8th Dan), promoted Shihan Sean Schenker to Godan (5th Dan), in IFK Kyokushin Karate. Shihan Sean has dedicated his life to the martial arts and strives to help every single person who walks through Fighting Spirit Karate's door achieve the best version of themselves. Osu!
Head Krav Maga Program Instructor
Sensei (Renshi) Katie Murphy:
Sensei Katie began her training in Goju Ryu in 1991, and has continued to study the art ever since. Over the past 15 years, Katie has expanded her martial arts journey, competing internationally, training in Shotokan and Kyokushin, and obtaining rank in Judo and Krav Maga. Sensei Katie, the title she prefers, trains in Kyokushin classes regularly at Fighting Spirit Karate (FSK) and in Krav Maga at KMNY (Krav Maga New York). Katie teaches her Krav Maga classes regularly at FSK and runs self-defense and Krav Maga based seminars locally and at international martial arts festivals.
A former karate competitor on the NASKA, KRANE, and NYT circuits and member of two USA National Competition Teams, Katie represented the United States at World Games in Portugal, Spain, Canada, Austria, and Ireland earning Gold Medals in Traditional Bo Kata, Traditional Forms, and Creative Forms. Using these experiences, she now coaches and trains youth students for competition on the NASKA and NY Tournament League circuits. Sensei Katie currently holds a 5th Degree (Godan) Black Belt in Goju Ryu along with her Level 4 Instructor certification in Krav Maga.