Koré Grate (Shifu/Sensei)
Head Instructor & Executive Director of F.E.M.A. since 1989
7th Degree Black Belt in Wu Chien Pai:
Judo, Jujitsu, Kung Fu, Taiji, Qigong, Meditation
2nd Degree Black Belt in Soshoryu Iaido (Japanese Sword)
2nd Degree Black Belt in Aikitoho Iaido (Japanese Sword)
NWMAF Certified Self Defense Instructor
Has been training for over 45 years & teaching for over 30 years
Koré is a lifetime member, board of directors, supporter of AWMAI the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors, PAWMA the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists, and NWMAF the National Women's Martial Arts Federation.
Shifu/Sensei Koré was inducted into the AWMAI Hall of Fame in 2012 and is currently serving as Executive Director.
She is a founding board member of PAWMA, served as PAWMA Vice-President, created and served on the PAWMA Elder Council. She received the PAWMA Martial Artist of the Year in 2005 and the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Koré served as Chair for NWMAF, taught at many Special Trainings and Self Defense Instruction Conferences, one of the founding mothers of the Anti Racism Council. She is currently serving on the Keiko Fukuda Judo Foundation Board of Directors.
Koré is a branch of Zhi Dao Guan lineage of Grandmaster Alex Feng, Midwest Manager for Master Su Zi Fang, and Branch Manager of Jian Mei under Grandmaster Wen Mei Yu. She trained in Naginata with the late Miyako Tanaka Sensei, and trains in Aikitoho Iaido under Koji Yoshida Shihan and Michelle Benzamin-Miki Sensei. To further deepen her roots in the arts, she traveled to China three times and trained with Professor Wang Pei Kun and his International Wu Shu Team. She is a Professional, Spiritual Tattoo Artist, Calligrapher, Artist and studies movement in all aspects including Golf, horseback riding, water skiing, and more.
Koré's mantras are:
“LOOK at it, LEARN from it, and LET it go"
WU CHIEN PAI
An Eclectic Style that practices traditionally in the arts of:
Taiji & Qigong, Gong fu (Kung Fu), Judo & Jujitsu, Healing Arts & Meditation, Iaido (Japanese Sword),
Self-Defense & Empowerment and Wellness programs.