Sensei Joseph W Walker II (Just Sensei to the students here) began his training with his father, very early in life. His FORMAL training started at age 5 at his father’s dojo in Peoria, Illinois. Sensei Walker trained at the family dojo throughout his youth and into adulthood. Later he began training in various other academies and with other instructors. He has attended, and instructed at, seminars nationally, as well as competed in international tournaments.
In 2010, Sensei started training with Trent “Kuma” Warner. At the age of 39 he was preparing for his first bout in the MMA cage. He fought a total of 4 fights in the cage, and has not (at the age of 45) ruled out another. He says that the MMA fighting greatly expanded his understanding of the martial arts. He tells his students “Karate should be useful in the real world, not just on the mat.” His experiences have changed the way he instructs accordingly.
In 2012 Sensei Walker was promoted to Yondan (or 4th degree black belt) by Hanshi Michael Ceballos, as well as a team of other black belts, including Kuma Warner. When asked about his next promotion, Sensei Walker simply said “All that is important to me is what did I know 6 months ago, and what do I know now. The rank is nice, but the knowledge is what is important.” And Sensei never stops his pursuit of furthering his karate knowledge.