Jim Mather is California Karate Academy’s Chief Instructor. He has devoted almost 60 years to perfecting and teaching the martial arts and, as a result, is recognized as one of the world’s leading martial arts experts.
He is also one of only a small number of martial artists in the world to be legitimately awarded the title of Hanshi, the highest in Karate. (The traditional order of high instructor titles, from lowest to highest, is Shihan, Renshi, Kyoshi, and Hanshi.)
A former National Karate Champion, Hanshi Mather went on to become one of the country’s top coaches. He was selected as one of only three allowed to train the official USA Karate Team at the United States Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs.
As a national coach, he has led the official national Karate team in high level international competition and headed the West Coast Branch of the National Training Centers. Many of his students have been selected to represent the United States in international competition.
In keeping with true Japanese martial arts tradition, his quest for physical mastery has gone hand-in-hand with his pursuit of intellectual excellence, including B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University, where he reached Ph.D Candidacy.
Some of Hanshi Mather’s Many Accomplishments:
- President, United States National Karate Association (USNKA)
- Former Vice President, International Students Karate Union
- Former Chairman, United States Collegiate Karate Association
- Coach, U.S. National Karate Team
- Former Stanford Teacher and Coach
- Former Vice Chairman, National Coaches Education Committee
- Director, National Training Center
- Former Trainer of FBI, Police, and Treasury Department Agents
- Winner, World Master’s Exhibition
- Graduate, Elite Coaches College, U.S. Olympic Training Center
- Member, California State Athletic Commission – Martial Arts Committee
- Columnist, Black Belt Magazine
- Hanshi Jim Mather has appeared on over thirty major network TV shows and been featured in many magazines and newspapers, such as Black Belt, Karate Illustrated, Inside Karate, Tae Kwon Do Times, Inside Kung Fu, Parade, Sports Illustrated, Bay Area Parent, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and more.
- Hanshi Mather appeared twice on the old ABC TV show, That’s Incredible!,and was the subject of a PBS short feature entitledThe Arrow Catcher