Shihan Patrick Hussey

Shihan Patrick Hussey has over 33 years of experience teaching everyone from beginners, advanced students and seasoned Black Belts in all age groups, and is committed to providing quality and patient instruction to all.

  • 33 Years Experience in Traditional Japanese Karate
  • Shichidan (Seventh Degree Black Belt)
  • Certified Personal Trainer National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Shihankai Organization
  • International Martial Arts Association
  • International Martial Arts Union
  • Stretching Instructor

World Seido. For the next five-and-a-half years, Shihan Hussey taught hundreds of students in Clifton Park.

From 1987 to 1989, Shihan was Captain of the Kokorokan Exhibition team, a group of 14 black belts that performed breaking, weapons, kumite, kata and self-defense techniques in every venue imaginable.

In 1989, Shihan Hussey began teaching women’s self-defense seminars and “Stretching With Shihan” classes for gyms, school, private corporations and the public at large. He has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and has appeared on cable television shows and syndicated radio programs to discuss martial arts and Eastern forms of exercise.


Shihan Patrick Hussey is the Founder and Chairman of the Tenkara Karate-Do Organization. He has traveled on a long road since 1982, when he joined the World Seido Karate Organization under then-Shihan William Reid.

He won the first tournament he entered in the autumn of that year, and continued to study until 1985.

The following year, he joined the Kokorokan Karate Organization. Later in 1986, Shihan Hussey opened the first new Kokorokan dojo since Kokorokan left

From 1988 through 1991, Shihan Hussey was invited by Sensei Tomo Kadachi, a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Judo, to perform weapons and kata demonstrations during his annual Judo Invitational Tournament held in Rensselaer County.

Since 1992, Shihan has taught weaponless self-defense seminars for the National Park Service in several states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

In 1998, Shihan was faced with the most difficult decision of his life. After 12 years of dedicated and loyal service to Kokorokan, he knew it was time to move on. It was in October of that year that he founded the Tenkara Karate-Do Organization.

The name Tenkara, which means “point of origin,” was chosen because Shihan felt it was time to return to the roots of traditional Japanese karate, as taught by the masters Ginchin Funakoshi and others. He also felt that students would be better served by embracing, not rejecting, innovations that come from other styles of martial arts.

Shihan’s philosophy on training is multi-faceted. Training in Tenkara is hard, but also based on love, compassion, understanding and respect. This training helps to bridge the gap between a diverse school. In Tenkara, students are the same, regardless of perceived differences. Kumite (sparring) is done to the best of one’s ability.

Through this teaching, the Tenkara student is well-rounded in his or her approach to martial arts and self defense. Inside the dojo, the Tenkara student trains hard.

Shihan also understands the responsibility of students to those around them. Outside the dojo, the student strives to help humankind and the world in which we live.

Fourteen years since the founding of Tenkara, Shihan continues to teach at the Tenkara Honbu in Saratoga, and gives lectures, exhibitions and seminars on martial arts. Shihan enjoys his vists to local classrooms and talking with students about making the right decisions in their lives. He is also involved in numerous charitable efforts in and around the Capital Region, including events for the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Saratoga National Historical Park.