At Kaizen Martial Arts Center we are interested not only in self-defense skills, but also in the complete personal development of each student. Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing KMAC students to progress quickly and easily towards their personal goals. Our instructors take seriously their responsibility as role models for the younger students, teaching them the importance of strong character, leadership and good values.
Shihan Dale Burnett – 8th Degree Black Belt – Master Instructor / Owner
Shihan Dale Burnett was introduced to Karate in 1968 and studied Japanese Shotokan Karate. In 1970, he adapted his skills to Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu. He has also earned the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt. Shihan Burnett studied under several legendary American Karate instructors, such as Sensei Robert Yarnall and Larry D. Williams. In 1972, Sensei Yarnall was voted by Black Belt Magazine as the best Karate Instructor in America. In 1975, Shihan Burnett also trained under his mentor Sensei Larry D. Williams (Okinawan Kobudo and Shinto Kobudo (Weapons). Since then, Shihan has earned an eight (8th) Degree Black Belt in Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate and other Black Belts in Shin Shin Jujitsu, Shin Nagare Karate and Kobuashi Ryu Karate,
From 1988 through 1995, Shihan was trained by Sensei Rick Manos (United States Karate Organization – USKO) in Kobayashi Ryu. Shihan was influenced by the Mydori Yama Budokai Organization instructors, Sensei Ken Baker (Eagle Claw Kung Fu and Jujitsu), Sensei Leo D. Wilson (Jujitsu and Eagle Claw Kung Fu) and Sensei Larry D. Williams.
Shihan moved to Southern California in 1978 and, since that time, has continued his training in the art of Kobayashi Ryu and Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu. In 2011, Shihan and his wife Sempi Kathy Burnett, a Black Belt in Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, started a successful and the most popular karate dojo in the Inland Empire, Kaizen Martial Arts Center, in Highland, Ca. His dojo teaches and exposes its students to the Okinawan, Japan art of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate, created by the Master Shoshin Nagamine.
Renchi Robert Kruetzer – 4th Degree Black Belt – Instructor
As a fourth grader, Robert Kreutzer spent a good chunk of the school year arguing with his parents to stay up past his bedtime to watch what at the time was one of America’s most popular TV series, Kung Fu. Watching that series, plus devouring every Chinese Kung Fu flick he could find, Kreutzer dreamed of one day becoming a black belt. In 1983, he took the first steps to realizing that dream by signing up for karate lessons at Riverside Community College.
Along the way, Kreutzer would train with some of the most well-regarded instructors in the world – including Fumio Demura and Ray Dalke. Kreutzer would also train in Ju-Jitsu with Lloyd Kennedy. Renshi Kreutzer received his first black belt in 1991.
“Demura-Sensei used to say ‘if you can earn a black belt, you can do anything,’” said Renshi Kreutzer. “ I also believe that. I feel, too, that by coaching students at the dojo in karate, I am also helping them be a black belt at math, or a black belt at dog-catching, or maybe just a black belt at life in general. To me, karate way more than a series of punches, kicks and katas. It’s a way of life.”