Our Teachers


Hilmar Fuchs

Hilmar Fuchs has been our teacher from the beginning of our martial arts journey. He is the most amazing teacher and friend we have ever met and he ignited our passion for the martial arts. 

Hilmar introduced us to the self-defense as well as the healing aspects of martial arts. He also made us understand how martial arts principles really are life principles. Most importantly, he always reminds us to have a good laugh and keep alive the child within. 

Hilmar is a 8th Dan Karate, Kobudo and Tai Chi master. He is a holistic medicine practitioner and a great life philosopher.



Roland Habersetzer

Roland Habersetzer is one of Hilmar's teachers and has been a big influence during our time in Europe. He has provided great inspiration and insight into the martial side of the arts. 

Roland Habersetzer is a 9th Dan Karate, Kobudo and Tai Chi master and the author of countless books on martial arts.



Nobuko Relnick

Nobuko Relnick has been Uli's teacher since 2009 and has been an amazing inspiration for her.

Nobuko received her first teacher’s certificate from Sogetsu Ikebana Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. Thirty years later, in 1996, she was awarded the highest teacher’s certificate the “Riji rank”. She was a member of the Ikebana International Tokyo Founding Chapter from 1988 to 1998, when she moved to Woodinville, WA. Here she was president of Ikebana International’s Seattle Chapter from 2001 to 2003 and following this, she was President of the Seattle Branch of Sogetsu Ikebana until 2016.

Shortly after moving to Washington State in 1998, Nobuko opened her Woodinville Sogetsu Studio to continue her art and offer her experience to others. She is presently also teaching at the Pottery Northwest Center and volunteers her teaching at the Cancer Lifeline to promote Ikebana as a healing art. Her arrangements can be frequently seen at SAM, where she volunteers too.


Important Influences


Tsuguo Sakumoto

While we've only trained with him a for short (and intense) period, Tsuguo Sakumoto was instrumental in breaking us out of the constraints of Shotokan Karate and opening our eyes for the wider variety of Karate approaches. Tsuguo Sakumoto is a 9th Dan Karate master.



David Andrews

David showed us how to extend our martial arts experience into the world of defensive shooting. His safety training with Fist and Firearm teaches an integrated approach to self-defense both in the home and out on the street. Unfortunately he stopped teaching due to other obligations.