Instructors and Dojo Black Belts

Vance J. - Sandan  (3rd degree black belt)

Vance started practicing at the Whittier Dojo in 1987.  He moved to the bay area and trained under the late Godan Daniel Chemla.  Vance is currently one of the instructors for the adult classes at the Berkeley YMCA Dojo.  In 1996, Vance won first place in the norcal ska sparring tournament. Vance was promoted to 3rd degree black belt in 2008.
Other than karate, Vance is interested in triathlons and is a finisher of a full Ironman triathlon.
Alex G. - Nidan (2nd degree black belt)

Alex started practicing at Saratoga and Berkeley dojos in 1999.  He is currently one of the instructors for the adult classes and is the lead instructor for the youth class that started in 2011.
Outside of karate practice, Alex is a software engineer who likes to travel and spend time with his family

Other Berkeley YMCA Dojo Black Belts:

Forest - 1st degree black belt, Dojo Manager
George - 1st degree black belt
Bao - 1st degree black belt