Sensei Bruce Nguyen

Sensei Bruce Nguyen

Sensei Bruce Nguyen is the co-owner and head instructor of Karate and Kenjutsu at Japan Karate-Do Jinen-Kai. He has over 30 years of experience in multiple forms of martial arts, and has applied his knowledge to many different environments; such as instructing new recruits in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines in hand to hand combat. In addition, he is currently the head instructor and adviser for the karate program at the University of California, Irvine. Combined with his experience is his certification as an instructor under the Jinmukan Katori-Shinto Ryu sword school, and thus achieving an Instructor of the Year award in the 2006 Masters Hall of Fame. Sensei Bruce currently holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt under the Japan Karate-Do Jinen-Kai organization.

Sensei Chihiro Iwahashi

Sensei Chihiro Iwahashi

Over 10 years of Karate Experience.
3rd Degree Black Belt with Shindo̅ Jinen-Ryu̅ Karate
1st Degree Black Belt with Shotokan Karate

Other Karate Experience:
Kyoku Shin Karate
Kaji Kenpo Karate

I started practicing Karate seriously in my first year at University of California Riverside. That's when I started practicing shotokan. During my university years I had the opportunity to travel to Japan and train at the honbu dojo of JKA and received instruction from Kurihara Kazuaki, Naka Tatsuya, Kunio Kobayashi, and other great senseis.

Sensei Simon Sorin

Sensei Simon Sorin

I started Shotokan Karate back in 1999 in Brittany, France, attracted by my father's old VHS of combat training. After getting my black belt I realized that I was just getting started, and that there would never be an ending to improving my karate. This aspect of karate is extremely humbling and exciting to me as there will always be more to do, to learn. Having the chance to teach karate to young kids for 4 years was extremely rewarding to be able to pass on skills and see the growth in them. Moving to different places and country and being curious, I broadened my martial arts practice with jotaikido jutsu and systema. Arriving here in Irvine, I was extremely happy to find Sensei Bruce and discovering the practice of Shindo̅ Jinen-Ryu̅. Having recently got a 2nd Dan I am looking forward to dive deeper into this style and share my passion with new practitioners.

Senpai Veronica Swanson

Senpai Veronica Swanson

I started training as a white belt when I began college at UC Irvine in 2010, and now I have a 1st degree black belt with Shindo̅ Jinen-Ryu̅ Karate. When I was a child, I took a month of karate lessons. I always wanted to continue, but never did. So when I entered college, I specifically looked for karate clubs, and found the Nihon Karate Club. As an exercise routine, training in karate helped my physical and mental health, and participating in the club gave me a great social community. Training has been a way for me to practice discipline and perseverance. It has given me confidence and skills that have carried into my personal and professional life.

Training with the Nihon Karate club and Jinen-Kai, I have also had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of students: children, college students, adults. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with people and share their training.

Senpai Sage Mohan

Senpai Sage Mohan

I started my journey in Karate during my first year at UCI. My prior background was in Muay Thai, so Karate was a way of testing new waters. For over eight years, I have enjoyed training with Sensei Bruce, Sensei Chad, and Sensei Ray, competing and being a part of the UCI Karate family. I earned my first-degree black belt in Shindo̅ Jinen-Ryu̅ style in 2017.

Karate, and to a huge extent martial arts in general, has been a great source of learning for me. I have learned to strengthen and disciple both mind and body, to continuously adapt, to persevere and have the courage and ability to protect the ones I care about. During my training, I have also had the opportunity to teach kids and adults alike, and impart the same knowledge that was once bestowed upon me.

Senpai Daniel Le

Senpai Daniel Le

The martial arts have always captivated me since childhood. I grew up watching action movies at every opportunity. It was not until age 12 when I was finally able to pursue study of my own through Aikikai under Tenshinkai founder and head instructor Sensei Dang Thong Phong.

Later on when my college studies precluded my continued training with Sensei Phong, I took it as an opportunity to learn something new. That was when I met Sensei Bruce Nguyen and Chad Eagan through the UC Irvine Nihon Karate class and club. Little did I know then, but Karate eventually became and continues to be an essential part of my adult life. Not only has it improved my fitness and stress management skills, but some of my closest friends have been made through Karate.

What I value most about Karate is its simplicity. When complexities are abound in the world around us, having a constant source of simplicity helps placate all other aspects of life.

Senpai Ariel Meng

Senpai Ariel Meng

I started Karate in 2010 as a first year at UCI and obtained Shodan in December of 2019. Karate teaches me to maintain good balance in life and to hold a strong mentality when faced with challenges. I wish to continue my journey for years to come.

Marcus Freitas President

Marcus Freitas

I'm a 4th year at UCI, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

I started karate in my first year with no previous experience in martial arts. I had always wanted to learn to fight, and after seeing a demonstration of karate at the ARC I decided to join Nihon Karate Club at UCI. At first I was just trying it out to see if I would enjoy it, but now karate has become one of my passions in life. Every time I attend a training, I feel like I’m making a step towards becoming a better and stronger person. The community is very welcoming, and I have been learning a lot from Sensei Bruce Nguyen and all of the others who also pursue karate. I hope to continue training throughout college, and I am grateful to be part of the karate community.

Aditesh Kumar Vice President

Aditesh Kumar

I'm a 4th year at UCI, double majoring in Computer Science and Criminology.

I first started practicing Karate in January 2007, under the Shotokan style. I am currently a shodan in that style.

Joining karate at UCI and training in Shindo̅ Jinen-Ryu̅ Karate has been an amazing experience. Learning karate from a completely different angle has granted me new insight into my own strengths and weaknesses, and having the opportunity to share my passion for karate with individuals equally motivated and driven as myself has helped me improve a great deal. I hope to continue to foster this spirit in our club throughout this school year.

James Patricio Treasurer

James Patricio

I'm a 3rd year at UCI, majoring in Public Health Science.

I joined Nihon Karate Club at UCI because I had been very devoted and passionate about karate in the past and wanted to continue that passion in college. Since joining, I have learned new things and developed as an individual as well as reignited a passion to continue learning karate and compete. I've also been able to interact with numerous people with similar passions and talents within the club and thoroughly enjoy the companionship and team effort the club provides. I am excited to continue my journey in karate and build more experiences in the coming school year.

Jacklin Chang Fundraising Chair

Jacklin Chang

I’m a 3rd year at UCI, majoring in Biological Sciences.

I first started karate when I was about 3 years old, and I’m currently a shodan at a Shotokan-based dojo.

I joined the Nihon Karate Club in my first year at UCI because I wanted to get back into karate after my 4-year hiatus of doing color guard. I didn’t attend practice frequently at first, but I started to after I decided to enter a tournament. I was able to improve my rusty technique and learn a new style of karate. During this time, I started becoming more comfortable and created bonds with the other members in the club. I enjoy having this community of people with diverse backgrounds who come together to practice an art and learn to protect ourselves. I’m looking forward to sharing more of these experiences with everyone!