Jesse Clark, sandan (3rd degree black belt), officially started practicing in Boise in 1999 when he enrolled at Boise State (he unofficially started practicing as a young child with his dad, Glenn Clark, shodan). Mr. Ohshima granted Jesse permission to start a new dojo in Twin Falls, Idaho in 2011. Jesse is the instructor for both the Karate class and Self Defense class at the College of Southern Idaho. He is also a current member of SKA’s Team USA.
Crissie Gard, nikyu (2nd degree brown belt), became a member of Twin Falls Shotokan Karate in 2016. After enrolling her two sons in karate and watching them practice for a few months, she decided to start practicing with them. Now both of her sons and husband are all brown belts. Crissie is studying for a degree in Elementary Education and also volunteers as an assistant-instructor to Jesse with the College of Southern Idaho’s Women’s Self Defence class. She enjoys sparring with her family at home, practicing Kata, and longboarding in the summer. Crissie is now the head instructor for the kids Karate class.
Nick Baker, shodan (1st degree black belt), has been in the Army Reserves for 14+ years, so when he started training at the Twin Falls Dojo he instantly fit in with the structure and lifestyle of martial arts. Nick has really stepped up the last few years and has taken up a leadership role in the Twin Falls Dojo.
Mark England, ikkyu (1st degree brown belt), has been a member of Twin Falls Shotokan since the spring of 2015. Prior to that, he trained at the College of Southern Idaho in their Karate program, while attending business classes. After graduating in 2004, he continued training in Wu Wei Gung Fu at CSI until making the move to Shotokan Karate. He finds the change to SKA challenging and enjoys the physical requirements. Mark has already attended several senior visits to the Twin Falls Dojo and looks forward to learning from many more high ranking members in the SKA organization. He feels up to the challenges ahead and plans on attending several special trainings in the future. He has been married to his wife, Lorie, for over 20 years and together they have 3 successful children. His hobbies include motorcycles, bicycling, skiing, hiking, and working in his garden.
Courtney Gard, nikyu (2nd degree brown belt), started practicing at the Twin Falls dojo in the fall of 2016. He joined, along with his wife Crissie, about 6 months after their two boys got started in the kids class. He appreciates that he has been able to practice with his family and make training an enjoyable family affair. Outside of class he enjoys being able to pursue various interests, such as his job of working on computers and his hobbies including photography, longboarding, and race cars.