celebrating 40 years!

A special interview with Michael Taylor, founder of Kenwa Karate of Sitka

This year on April 2, we marked our 40th anniversary! The Kenwa Karate of Sitka dojo started in 1984 and was founded under Michael Taylor Sensei. In honor of that milestone, we interviewed him. Our current lead instructor Laurinda Marcello Sensei took karate from Taylor from the ages of 7 to 13 which inspired her love of the art.

Interview excerpts, including four audio segments, follow. This conversation has been condensed for length and clarity.

Photo of Sensei Michael Taylor, February 2024. Photo provided by Taylor.