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Sensei Darin Koenig

Sensei Koenig has been practicing Martial Arts for 34 years. He began training under his sensei, Mark Pinner, at an after-school karate class much like those he teaches today. He has been teaching karate programs in Tampa Bay area schools, churches and childcare centers for over 15 years.

Sensei Koenig has trained in several styles of martial arts and holds the rank of Yon Dan (fourth degree Black Belt) in Shotokan Karate through the Traditional Karate Organization headed by Sensei Joe Mirza. In addition to his karate training, Sensei Koenig has also trained in kobudo (weapons) for many years and holds the rank of black belt, the first ever awarded by his sensei.

Sensei Koenig has competed in Kata, Kumite and Kobudo at local, National and International Tournaments. Representing the United States as a member of the AAU/USA national team, he has won bronze, silver and gold medals at tournaments around the world. Recently, Sensei Koenig was awarded Kata, Kobudo and AAU Karate Overall Florida State Champion in the 19-34 year old Men’s Advanced Division for the 2017 competition season. He also won 3 medals in Tonfa, Nunchaku, and Kama at the WUKF Kobudo World Cup in Malta in October 2018.​

Personally, Sensei Koenig is a loving husband, proud father and grateful servant of Jesus Christ.​

Shotokan Karate-Do

Shotokan Karate is the most popular form of karate practiced throughout the world. It was developed by Gichin Funakoshi in the early 1900’s as a fusion of other disciplines. Shotokan Karate-do is a very linear form of martial art. It is often characterized by deep stances – to strengthen legs and develop a strong foundation, and powerful, explosive movements – to maximize force of strikes. As students develop in their training and understanding it becomes apparent that Shotokan Karate is not simply a striking art, but consists of many other techniques such as joint locks and takedowns as well.

Our Dojo

At Koenig Martial Arts, we train primarily in Shotokan Karate-do supplemented with a mix of several other styles. Our training floor is over 2000 square feet with matts, heavy bags, stretching bars and other equipment.

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