Master Aaron R. Sandubrae, Roku-Dan/ Shihan, began training in martial arts as a child. His first Sensei was his Father, Sensei Allen R. Sandubrae, who taught his son the traditional Japanese styles of Shotokan and Koi-kan. Aaron's training in Isshinryu started as a boy with his frequent visits to California, under his Grandfather Hanshi Arnold R. Sandubrae, a Student of Hanshi-Sei Harold Long. Arnold would also come to Oklahoma and Arkansas to visit and train Aaron. During one of his summer long stays in California, as a teenager in 1997, Aaron proclaimed to Arnold that one day he would follow in his footsteps and become a Sensei in Isshinryu. Arnold was pleased and told Aaron that would make him very proud but he would have to earn it. Aaron accepted the challenge and Arnold sent him home with many lessons and training materials to work on. Arnold recognized Aaron's sincerity and officially accepted Aaron as a serious private student at that time in 1997.
In his teenage years Aaron was a serious athlete in prime physical condition. He played competitive baseball and also played football, while continuing his Isshinryu training. During one of Arnold's visits to Arkansas to evaluate Aaron, Arnold expressed to Aaron how pleased he was with his progress. He once again asked if Aaron was still interested in becoming a Sensei. Aaron enthusiastically said, "Yes Sensei!" Arnold instructed Aaron to explore other styles of martial arts that were local, while continuing his Isshinryu training, to ensure Aaron made a well informed choice for his future. In addition to Isshinryu, Aaron also studied the styles of Japanese Ju Jutsu and Kenpo, although Isshinryu remained his passion and focus.
After graduating high school, Sandubrae Shihan moved to California for the sole purpose of training in Isshinryu Karate under the instruction of Grand Master Arnold R. Sandubrae, Ku-Dan, Hanshi, in Palm Springs, California. In 2005 Shihan Sandubrae won his first International Tournament, 1st place in Kumite and 2nd place in Kata, at the Isshinryu Hall of Fame. Shihan Sandubrae continued studying, earning his Black Belt after years of training. He has dedicated his life to his Sensei's teachings in Isshinryu Karate. Over the years Shihan Sandubrae has competed in many tournaments and collected trophies in Kata, Kumite and Weapons. He understands the benefits of competition, however, he firmly believes that Martial Arts is not about winning trophies, it is about Self-Defense and Self-Improvement.
Master Sandubrae is originally from Oklahoma and has always considered it home. He returned to share what he has learned in Isshinryu with as many students as possible. After decades of hard work, he earned the rank of of Roku-Dan (6th Degree Black Belt) and the title of Shihan (Master Instructor). Aaron has been certified to teach Isshinryu Karate and Goshin Jutsu (Self-Defense Techniques) by Hanshi Arnold R. Sandubrae, Ku-Dan. As such, he is the owner and Chief Instructor of American Okinawan Karate Academy LLC, d.b.a. Isshinryu Karate Sandubrae. Aaron has also been appointed by Hanshi Sandubrae as the Leader of the Isshinryu Sandubrae Goshin Jutsu Kai, a private association dedicated to preserving the traditions and lineage of Hanshi Arnold R. Sandubrae, and the ones who came before him.
Aaron R. Sandubrae, Shihan is the sole owner of the stylized Isshinryu Fist and Obi. He is the Registered Trademark holder of the Stylized Isshinryu Fist. The Trademark is owned Solely by Master Aaron R. Sandubrae, All Rights Reserved.
Master Sandubrae is proud to be currently pioneering Traditional Isshinryu Karate in the state of Oklahoma. Sandubrae has furthered the art of Isshinryu nationally by establishing a permanent presence for the art in the state over a decade ago (est. 2009). Futhermore, Sandubrae Shihan is the highest ranking Master Instructor in the style of Isshinryu in the state of Oklahoma who is actively teaching. He is honored to preserve and further the art of Isshinryu, as well as the Sandubrae lineage and traditions for many generations to follow.
Master Sandubrae has chosen to supplement his training with the art of brick breaking, which is not a mandatory part of training at A.O.K.A. He knows all 8 empty hand Katas and Bunkai taught in Isshinryu Karate, as well as 8 weapons Katas. Sandubrae Shihan is a Full Time Martial Arts Instructor. He and his wife are committed to teaching the average person practical and effective self-defense techniques.
Sensei Veronica Sandubrae is Master Sandubrae's Senior Student and a Certified Instructor. She has earned the rank of Yo-Dan ( 4th Degree Black Belt) and the title of Renshi (Polished Instuctor). Together Shihan Sandubrae and Sensei Sandubrae have purchased a 4,300sqft building in the heart of old town Piedmont, Oklahoma that is now the A.O.K.A. Dojo. They teach adults and kids with plenty of room to grow! At their Dojo, in the daily classes, they teach self-defense and self-improvement through rigorous training. In addition to traditional Kata and Bunkai, as a self-defense Dojo, the lessons taught by Master Sandubrae focus heavily on realistic situations one may encounter in the street and use proven techniques as taught by Hanshi Sandubrae.
Aaron Sandubrae, Shihan co-authored the Martial Arts screenplay, "53 Seconds", with his wife, Veronica C. Sandubrae, Renshi. The screenplay is a fictional story deeply rooted in Traditional Isshinryu with a modern twist. Copies available upon request! Veronica is a talented screenplay writer. She has written several screenplays independently.
Aaron R. Sandubrae Shihan is the proud Father of two young boys to whom he teaches Isshinryu Karate. They are the future of the Isshinryu Sandubrae Lineage.
On July 20, 2018 Shihan Aaron R. Sandubrae was honored as Male Instructor of the Year by the Isshinryu Hall of Fame.
Aaron R. Sandubrae, Roku-Dan/ Shihan
Sensei Veronica Sandubrae is Master Sandubrae's Senior Student and a Certified Instructor. She has earned the rank of Yo-Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) and the title of Renshi. She is also the Leader of the Woman's Self-Defense Program!
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