Instructors

Luis Miguel began his training in February of 1978 in Mexico City, Mexico with Sensei Ricardo Picard and Sensei Gerardo Covarrubias. In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles to train with Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama and there he remained until 1993. In 1995, Luis moved to Minneapolis. There, he continued his training under Sensei Robert Fusaro. Luis Miguel received all three of his black belt ranks from Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama. He has taught karate at Club Casa Blanca, Satelite, Mexico for three years, and at Delegacion Gustavo A. Madero in Mexico City for one year. In addition, Luis Miguel also ran his own dojo in Valle Dorado, Mexico, for two years.

In 2004 place 3rd in Man/Man Enbu at the 12th World Traditional Karate Championship ITKF in Davos, Switzerland and in 2006 place 3rd in Fukugo at the 13th World Traditional Karate Championship ITKF in Saskatoon, Canada.

Sensei Luis Miguel Ocampo, 3rd Dan

David began training in 1980 with Master Robert Fusaro at the University of Minnesota.  Over the years he has trained with many of the JKA Masters, receiving all of his Dan ranks from Master Nishiyama.  He competed on a local and national level from 1982 – 2004.  David has done extensive research into the history and development of karate and has considerable experience teaching self defense to non-martial artists.  He has designed and taught courses on Self Defense for Women, Self Defense for Men, Police Control Tactics (P.O.S.T. approved by the State of Minnesota).  He designed and teaches the Kata for Self Defense system (Shotoryu Goshinjutsu) which incorporates striking, kicking, trapping, smashing, grappling and throwing techniques while utilizing the traditional kata to teach practical self defense.  He teaches Kata for Self Defense seminars open to all styles.

Sensei Dave Gimberline, 3rd Dan

photo by Chris Hays

about instructors

Angie Charpentier

Dan Murray

Instructor:  Laura Ocampo

                    Certified Yoga Instructor

                    Certified Personal Trainer

                    4th Dan Shotokan Karate

                    Co-Creator Yoga-Bells ™

Laura started training in Shotokan Karate in 1980 with Sensei Robert Fusaro.  She received all four of her Dan Ranks from Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama.  Laura competed at both the National and International level in the ITKF organization, she was the U.S. national Kata champion several times and competed on the Team Kata team from Minneapolis that were the U.S. national champions from 1997-2001.  Laura has been teaching in the Minneapolis area since 1984, she has taught at Macalaster College, St. Thomas College, Carleton College and the University of Minnesota.  Ultimately Laura and Luis Ocampo opened up the doors of Midwest Karate Association of St. Louis Park in July of 2002.

     Laura has been teaching Hatha Yoga since 2005.  She received her certification from the teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis.  She incorporated Yoga into the schedule, and soon the program became successful enough to become Midwest Karate and Yoga Association of St. Louis Park.  Laura continues her education as a Yoga Instructor by attending trainings by inspiring teachers such as Dharma Mittra, Seane Corne and Rod Stryker.

     In 2007 Laura Ocampo and Angie Charpentier collaborated to create Yoga-BellsTM.  Yoga-BellsTM is a program combining the incredible strength benefits of Kettlebell training with the age-old practice of Hatha Yoga into one program designed to create optimal health.  The Yoga-BellsTM

Program gives you the tools you need to create truly transformational change

in your life, just as it did in their lives.

     In 2010 Laura became a certified personal trainer.  After three decades of teaching experience she discovered a passion for working in a one-on-one setting with people.  Each person is a unique individual with their own equally unique set of personal goals, challenges and abilities.  Laura offers a safe and supporting environment to help guide you on your journey whether it is to create greater strength, rehabilitate injuries, achieve weight loss or simply to improve the quality your of life.