Our Instructors & Staff Members
Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Karate and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.
Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.
Here are a few of Maryland Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu Karate's instructors and other staff members, starting with John Dailey:
Mr. Dailey holds a 4th Dan in Shorin Ryu karate certified by the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Association and the North American Beikuko Shido-kan Association. He is a student of Seikichi Iha, Hanshi; the highest ranked Okinawan master living in the United States. John began his study of karate over 25 years ago while living in Spain where he studied the Shoto-kai style under Suichi Saito who taught karate in the traditional Japanese manner. Under Saito Sensei John also began his study of traditional Japanese weapons, and has since learned the nunchaku, bo and kama. John is a member of the North American Beikoku Shido-kan Association and he is the head instructor of the Maryland Shido-kan Shorin Ryu dojo.
Erika began studying martial arts when she was 6 years old. Over the course of her training she has had the unique opportunity to train in both a traditional style karate as well as in competitive style. Erika is the current US NAVAL Acadamy Karate Team Coach. Also, Currently, Erika holds a Ni-dan (2nd Dan) blackbelt in Shido-kan Shorin Ryu karate certified by the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Shido-kan headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, as well as a 1st Dan blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do (World TKD Federation). Erika also has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu.
Competitively, Erika placed first in her division at the Maryland State TKD Championships for both forms and sparring every year she competed: 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. In addition, she was a bronze medalist in sparring at the 2000 National TKD Junior Olympics in San Antonio, Texas.
Isaiah Moten has been studying karate for 12 years. He has taken on a leadership role from a very early age, and began assisting over 6 years ago. Isaiah was promoted to 1st Dan in 2014, making him the first black belt at Cornerstone. Not only is he a great role model, but an excellent instructor!
Meredith began training in Hayashi-Ha Shito Ryu karate in 1998 under Shihan Carl Hultin. She holds a Ni-dan (2nd dan) in karate and a Shodan (1st dan) in Kenshin Ryu Kobudo (weapons), certified by the Japan headquarters in Osaka. Meredith’s weapons training in Kenshin Ryu and Yamanni Ryu includes bo (shodan), sword, and sai.
As a student under Shihan Hultin, Meredith competed in USA National Karate-do Federation (now USA Karate) national competitions as a member of the All American Black Belt Academy Elite Team, and is now a certified USA Karate referee.
Meredith began her training in Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu in 2016 after moving to Maryland for grad school.
For more information about the Maryland Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu Karate staff or training programs, please contact us at 410-562-1431 or by clicking here.