MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Our incredible team is truly the heart of Suibukan of West Virginia. It’s their dedication, passion and talent that keeps students invested in the learning process. Take a look below to learn more about the team.
Brian was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1975 and raised in a little house on Jarvisville Road by his Mother and Grandfather. He began his martial arts journey at the Salem Karate Club in 1991 as a student of Sensei John Folsom, now 8th Dan, where he met many talented black belts who helped him in his martial arts journey. One of those black belts was Sensei Robert Leonard who promoted Shihan Greynolds to black belt level on July 14th, 1995. Shihan Greynolds was one of Sensei Leonard’s first black belts. Another black belt that made a huge impact on Shihan Greynolds martial arts journey is Sensei Jude Gore, 7th Dan. Sensei Gore has been a longtime friend and training partner of Shihan Greynolds for over 20 years.
In 2001 Shihan Greynolds traveled to meet Mr. Ernest Lieb the instructor of Sensei John Folsom. He returned with a new light in his eyes knowing that the American Karate System was an organization that he wanted to be part of. Brian joined the AKS in 2002 and traveled to Germany with Mr. Lieb in the fall of that same year. Shihan Greynolds and Sensei Gore started a club together in 2006, The St. James Karate Club, later rename the Mountaineer Karate Club. Mountaineer Karate Club is still in existence under Sensei Gore’s direction. Shihan Greynolds has achieved many goals with the American Karate System such as earning his 5th Degree Blackbelt in 2011, and awarded the AKS Black Belt of the Year at the 2013 AKS Annual Summer Camp.
After all these years Shihan Greynolds found himself looking for addition martial arts growth and was on the hunt for a Sensei that could help him in this journey. Shihan Greynolds knew of a person that could fill this need but he lived in Michigan. Shihan Greynolds met Hanshi Hayes in 2004 at AKS summer camp in Michigan and was able to work out with him and learn from him at many seminars over the years. Shihan Greynolds requested to become a student of Hanshi Hayes and was accepted into Yamashita Shorin-Ryu under the tutelage of Hanshi Hayes. Shihan Greynolds began making regular visits to Michigan to make the transition into the Shorin-Ryu style and learn from Hanshi Hayes 9th Dan.
Shihan Greynolds began his new training alongside his wife, Sensei Jenica Greynolds.
Jenica started martial arts when she was 5 years old at the Salem Karate Club under Sensei John Folsom (8th dan). Many may still know her as "Little Nikki Bolden". She was fortunate to learn from many great black belts there including Gary Sokal, Robert (Part time) Leonard, Chad Rector, Jude Gore, Mark Brown, Tala, and Chuck Krum. The Salem Karate Club dojo was the old barn in Salem, and working out in there was tough, hot, and created black belts with a special kind of grit. Sparring was often times full contact, repetition bred muscle memory, strength, and stamina, and respect was at the forefront of every minute within those walls. She earned her black belt at 15 and continued to workout for a few years before life pulled her away from the martial arts. After a 20 year hiatus she reconnected with her now husband, Brian Greynolds, who sparked her love for the martial arts all over again. She is excited to learn and grow with him as her teacher, coach, and biggest fan.
Shihan Greynolds and Sensei Jenica founded Suibukan of WV in 2020 to train others in Yamashita Shorin-Ryu, Kobudo and Suikendo throughout West Virginia. They began teaching out of their basement before moving to a larger facility to allow for new students. As they continue to learn under the direction of Hanshi Yamashita and Hanshi Hayes, they are excited to see growth in themselves and the others they teach. Suibukan of West Virginia is now located inside Rival Fitness in Clarksburg West Virginia.
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One of West Virginia's finest martial arts schools
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Mission & Values
21st century education carries with it a mix of new challenges and promising tools. Our Karate School offers a flexible program, innovative techniques and fresh methodologies. But at the core of our mission, lies our commitment to providing an engaging, respectful and rewarding learning environment. This unique approach, together with our top quality faculty, makes Suibukan of West Virginia one of the best schools in West Virginia. Explore our engaging and diverse course schedule, and get in touch with our team to schedule a free trial class.
SUIBUKAN OF WEST VIRGINIA NEWS
Whether you’re a current student of Suibukan of West Virginia or visiting us for the first time, this section can provide helpful information for you. Take a look below and check back often for the latest updates.
SUIBUKAN OF WEST VIRGINIA HOSTS HANSHI YAMASHITA HANSHI HAYES SEMINAR AND TESTING
June 7, 2023
Suibukan of WV is honored to host Hanshi Yamashita, 10th Dan, and Hanshi David Hayes, 9th Dan, October 21, 2023