SHIHAN Mike Whiteside
(6th Degree Black Belt)
Shihan Mike Whiteside began his Karate training in 1967 under one of the JKA's finest teachers, Master Ozawa. Shihan Whiteside received his Shodan (first degree black belt) in 1970, and went on to receive his Sandan (third degree) in 1993 from the West Coast Shotokan Karate Association founder, Sensei Edwin Hamile.
Shihan Whiteside joined the USKL in 1995 and in 2004 was bestowed the rank of 5th Dan. Shihan Whiteside has had the opportunity to train under such karate legends as Kancho Kanazawa, Sensei Enzo Ortega and Hediteka Nishiyama.
Shihan Whiteside is a firm believer that basics are the foundation of everything. His knowledge and command of the subtleties of Shotokan are a testament to his many years and dedication to his art.
Married to his wonderful wife Barbara, Shihan Whiteside has four children, one of whom he has promoted to Black Belt. Shihan Whiteside enjoys sailing, astronomy, fishing, hiking, and Sci-Fi fantasy shows, especially the Dr. Who series.