Dr. Alex Sternberg

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Founder and chief instructor of Shotokan Karate USA, is a 8th dan conferred upon him by leading senior senseis throughout the USA. He received his 7th Dan from the USA National Karate-do Federation (USA-NKF) member of the US Olympic Committee, as well as from the prestigious International Shotokan Research Society. He has also earned a 6th Dan from the Japan Karate Association (JKA) personally issued by Master Tetsuhiko Asai and from the World Karate Federation (WKF) member of the International Olympic Committee. He has been practicing Karate for 54 years.

DR. ALEX STERNBERG, the founder and chief instructor of Shotokan Karate USA, is a 8th dan conferred upon him by leading senior senseis throughout the USA. He received his 7th Dan from the USA National Karate-do Federation (USA-NKF) member of the US Olympic Committee, as well as from the prestigious International Shotokan Research Society. He has also earned a 6th Dan from the Japan Karate Association (JKA) personally issued by Master Tetsuhiko Asai and from the World Karate Federation (WKF) member of the International Olympic Committee. He has been practicing Karate for 54 years.

He began his karate training in 1962 at the age of 12, and attained the rank of Shodan in 1968, under Master George Cofield, one of America's early Karate pioneers. Dr. Sternberg was a prominent competitor from the 1960s through the early 1980s, winning close to 90 national and international events, including a bronze medal at the 1969 World Championships, organized by the International Convention of Martial Arts, the direct front-runner to WUKO later the World Karate Federation. Due to his outstanding tournament record, several US Karate magazines listed him in their “Top 10 Champions” category in 1974 and 1975. After retiring from active competition, he coached scores of United States National teams in junior and senior World Championships, Junior and Senior Pan American Championships, and World and Pan-American Maccabiah Games. As a coach, he has produced more medal winners for the USA than any other American coach!

Dr. Sternberg has been a leader of the USA karate development, spanning over 40 years, as a coach and referee in the AAU, USAKF and USANKF programs. He first earned his national referee license in 1976 in the AAU program in Joplin, Missouri.

 

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