Hanshi Downey

Karate Instructor

Hanshi George Downey has been actively involved in the martial arts for over 40+ years when he began training under Shihan Rick Herbster. 

Kyoshi 7th dan

Even before reaching the rank of Black Belt, he began contributing his time and efforts to the development of Rising Sun Karate Academy and its students.

On July 22, 2023, Hanshi Downey was promoted to the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt or Hachidan in front of a board of over 25 martial arts Masters and Grandmasters from around the world.

In addition to his many accomplishments, Hanshi Downey is most proud of the fact that he actually taught the first introductory lesson to a great number of the Black Belts, Instructors, and tournament champions that RSKA has produced. To this day, the upper rank masters at RSKA talk about the training and influence they received from Hanshi Downey.

One of his main goals is to now help to oversee the development of the younger, up and coming Black Belts and Instructors at RSKA. He believes that students who become instructors are not only setting an example for lower ranked students, but they also represent the dojo

Hanshi Downey’s favorite Quote:

“A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.”

– Eliphas Levi



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