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Martial Arts instructor in New Orleans: Kyriakos Papadopoulos


Tulane Karate and Aikido Club Instructor               Lusher School Karate Instructor

Broadmoor Karate Dojo Instructor      Xavier Karate Instructor

Kyriakos Papadopoulos began training in martial arts in the 70s.  He currently is a 6th Degree Black belt in Karate, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Judo, and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Aikido.  He is one of the few instructors in the nation who can teach all three martial arts.  He has been to Japan many times and has trained in all three in the headquarters of the respective styles.  He is a direct student Sensei Nobuo Hayashi in Judo and Takayuki Mikami in karate.  He serves on the committee of the JKA American Federation, and is US Karate National Team Coach.  Professionally, he is a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

Martial Arts Teacher New Orleans

Dimitri Papadopoulos began training in Judo at age 5, and karate at age 8.  He trained in Judo under Sensei Nobuo Hayashi and in Karate under Sensei Takayuki Mikami.  He currently is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Karate and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo.  Dimitri is an international competitor and has been on the US Karate National Team since he was 15 years old.  He still travels the world to represent the United States in World Championships.  He holds the record of national and regional titles in the kumite division of the Japan Karate Association in the United States.  Dimitri attended and is instructing Anatomy and Physiology at Tulane University.


      Tulane Karate Club Coach    

Broadmoor Dojo Instrucor     

Newman School Karate Instrucor


Lusher School Karate Instructor

JCC Karate Instructor


Broadmoor Karate Dojo Instrucor

Raymunda Semana started training Shotokan karate in 1992. She attained her first black belt when she was 17 years old, and currently has a 5th degree blackbelt in Karate.  She started competing nationally in college, and internationally in 2010. She is still an active member of the US National Team. She is a certified instructor, examiner and judge under the JKA. She trains under at the Louisiana Karate Association and the Broadmoor Dojo. She holds the regional and national records for both kata (form) and kumite catagories for 3 consecutive years.  Ray holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from Xavier University and works as a pharmacist in a major hospital. 


Broadmoor Dojo Instrucor

Devin Fadaol began training Shotokan Karate at age 14.  Today, he trained extensively with the Tulane Karate Club under Kyriakos Papadopoulos and at the Louisiana Karate Association under Takayuki Mikami.  He currently is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate.  Devin competed internationally as a member of the US National Karate Team from 2004-2014, including three World Championships and two Pan-American Championships.  Devin was the 1996 ISKF national kumite champion, 1996 USAKF lightweight national champion, and 2008 JKA American Federation national kumite champion.  He is a partner in a major law firm.

Karate Teacher New Orleans


Broadmoor Dojo Instrucor

Holy Name of Jesus Karate Instructor

Sharon Brown took her first karate class while in college at Tulane and has been training ever since.  A student of Kyriakos Papadopoulos, and is a three time regional champion in kumite. Sharon is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate.  She also became the regional champion on the East Coast, during her time in Philadelphia.  She has also placed several times at national level tournaments and been selected for the U.S. team for two international competitions of the JKA, the World Championships in 2006 (Sydney, Australia) and 2014 (Tokyo, Japan).  With a BS from Newcomb College and a JD from Temple University, she works in the IT department of a major hospital.  

Yoga Teacher New Orleans


Broadmoor Dojo Instructor.                     Yoga Instructor

Tulane Karate and Aikido Club Coach   McGehee Karate Instructor

Natsumi Sugiyama, originally from Japan, holds the rank of  4th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shodokan Aikido. She has trained karate under sensei Kyriakos Papadopoulos as well as JKA Master Takayuki Mikami.  Her goal is to teach each student the traditional Japanese martial arts and their direct benefits for children: Overall fitness, confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, respect, concentration, and courtesy.  She has a BA from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) and an MLA from Tulane University. Besides being a martial artist, she is a theater and movement instructor at NOCCA, and a Yoga instructor.


Broadmoor Dojo Instructor.                     

Tulane Karate and Aikido Club Coach

Photo:Kate Gegenheimer, Marigny Photography

Antony Sandoval, originally from France, holds the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate and 1st Degree Black Belt in Aikido.  He has trained Karate and Aikido under Sensei Kyriakos Papadopoulos.  He is an instructor at both the Tulane Karate Club and Tulane Aikido Clubs.  He is also instrumental in bringing the Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminars (TIDES) in Karate and Aikido to Tulane University students.  Professionally he is a Professor of Theatre at Tulane University.

Judo Teacher New Orleans


Broadmoor Dojo Instrucor

Katy Ancelet began Judo in college at UL-Lafayette. She competed nationally for four years and earned her 1st Degree Black Belt. She taught judo to both children and adults in English and in French. After taking a break from the sport to have children, she is excited to be involved with judo again. Her oldest child is an orange belt and seeing him train inspired her to come back to the sport. She is the mother of three boys, ages 6, 4, and 1.  Katy is the lead instructor for the Judo Youth Program at the Broadmoor Dojo.



Lusher Karate Instructor.          JCC Karate Instructor.           GMB Instructor

Newman Karate instructor.      Broadmoor Dojo Instructor

Amine Belkhouche is a former pro soccer player turned martial artist. He is currently a black belt in karate, a brown belt in judo, as well as a practitioner of aikido and BJJ. He currently teaches at Lusher, Newman, Sacred Heart, and NOSA.  Aminegraduated Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University, earning a degree in music composition and music science and technology. He is concurrently an Andrew Mellon fellow in community engaged scholarship and a master's candidate in music composition at Tulane University. Amine's passions include languages as well as movement, soon to be certified in advanced movement under GMB.

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