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Sensei Alex Couto


Sensei Alex Couto, 7th Dan, with over 40 years of experience. Sensei Alex began his Shukokai training in 1970 in Mozambique, Africa. He migrated to South Africa in 1974 and trained under Shihan Lionel Marinus for seven years. In addition to his spot on the South Africa Shukokai Team, Sensei Alex landed a spot on the coveted National Springbok All-Style Team. On both teams he won many titles including All-Style Grand Champion.

In 1981 Sensei Alex moved to the US. He lived and trained in Shihan Kimura’s Hackensack Honbu dojo for three years. He consistently trained with Shihan Kimura five days a week for fourteen years, until Shihan Kimura’s passing. As part of the USA team, Sensei Alex won many titles. He is a three time World Kumite Champion and was captain of the Men’s USA Team. In 1993 at the World Tournament in Portugal, Shihan Kimura presented Sensei Alex with the “Best Technique” award.

Upon Shihan Kimura’s passing, Sensei Alex opened his own dojo with his wife Ann Marie, a 3rd Dan. Ann Marie, with over 20 years of experience, began her training with Shihan Kimura. She has competed in several World Tournaments where she has won two bronze medals in kumite. Ann Marie has also won many national Shukokai and All-Style titles.

Alex and Ann Marie remain dedicated to Shihan Kimura’s legacy by sharing their knowledge and abilities and continually striving to improve. They are committed to helping each student be the best they can be with a positive training atmosphere; and to establishing measurable results with one of the most comprehensive, age-specific karate training programs available.






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