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Our instructors have trained in Goju-Shorei Karate, Goju-Kenpo, Danzan Ryu Ju-Jitsu, Brazilian Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Judo, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Boxing.

Most area schools who compete only do so in one league. Not us. That doesn't allow for long term growth. Our Tournament Team competes throughout North America against international competition in various open competition leagues, including NASKA, NBL/SKIL, WAKO, WKU, AAU Taekwondo, and The League. Moreover, our students and instructors have competed in Europe, Canada and all over the United States, including Hawaii, Georgia, Philadelphia, Florida, Texas, New York, Indiana, South Carolina, Minnesota, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, as well as California and Nevada.

Since we opened our doors in 2013, we have produced over 70 students who have won national and/or world championship titles in sparring, continuous sparring, and forms. Amba Martial Arts was voted Top Competition School in 2018 by The League Sport Martial Arts Championships Series and has been voted in the Top 10 four years in a row! Who would have thought that a small martial arts school in a rural area of Reno could do that? 

We are also an official AAU Taekwondo and Karate Club. 
Martin Amba
Goju-Shorei System's Director of Karate, Sensei Martin Amba is also a 15-time national and international sparring champion. He has competed and won throughout North America in various leagues including: NASKA, WAKO, NBL/SKIL, GSKA, and The League (formerly Bay Area Sport Karate Association). Former member of Team Proper, he is currently sponsored by League of Angels and Fighters-Inc. He is a BASKA Hall of Fame member and was Golden State Karate Association's Competitor of the Year. He was named one of "The World's Greatest Martial Artists" by Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame and is recognized in Marquis Who's Who. He is currently Director of the Pacific Region of WKU World USA and AAU Taekwondo Senior National Point Sparring Coach and Director of Nevada.
MJ Amba
Sensei MJ is a third degree Goju-Shorei Karate black belt and a 10-time national and international sparring champion, winning in various leagues including: NASKA, WKU, NBL/SKIL, GSKA and The League. He has won NASKA's Battle of Atlanta, multiple grand champion at National Blackbelt League's British Columbia Open, and won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Kickboxing & Karate Union World Championships in Bregenz, Austria. Like his father, his sister, his niece and nephew, he is sponsored by League of Angels and Fighters Inc. He has also won numerous local and regional titles in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. He is the head instructor of the Amba Martial Arts Tournament Team and AAU Taekwondo Western Regional Point Sparring Coach. He also trains in Muay Thai Kickboxing and Boxing. He is in the film, "Working Stiffs."
Joji Amba
As successful as Sensei Martin and Sensei MJ have been, only Sensei Joji has a 100% success rate in tournament competition. She competed in one tournament, in both the 18+ and 30+ women's sparring divisions, and won both divisions. She abruptly retired after that tournament. She is a Goju-Shorei Karate black belt and also trains in qigong. She is the "grit and glue" of Amba Martial Arts, and the biggest reason so many of our students are successful on and off of the mat.
Kennedy Cartagena
A multiple local, regional and national kata and sparring champion,Sensei Kennedy has won The League World Finals Overall Junior Underbelt Grand Champion three years in a row. He has won throughout North America, in various leagues including NBL/SKIL and The League, against national and international competition in kata and sparring. He was also The League's Nevada Competitor of the Year in 2019. In 2021, he qualified for WKU Team USA at the WKU World Championships and represented Team USA at the NBL BC Open in Vancouver, Canada. He also played the violin and the viola as a member of the Reno Youth Philharmonic. He is in the film, "Working Stiffs."

Amba Martial Arts Tournament Team
Cole Brandon
Sensei Cole has won point and continuous fighting, as well as kata throughout North America, in various leagues including NBL/SKIL and The League, and WKU. He was also The League's Nevada Competitor of the Year in 2017. In 2021, he qualified for WKU Team USA at the WKU World Championships and represented Team USA at the NBL BC Open in Vancouver, Canada. 

Khyle Dayao
A second degree black belt, Sensei Khyle has trained in martial arts for over 10 years. His black belt is in Taekwondo, but he has also studied Goju-Kenpo Karate. He has won two American Taekwondo Association World Titles and over 10 national American Taekwondo Association titles. His world titles came from Traditional Weapons, but his national titles have come from traditional forms and weapons, as well as creative and extreme forms. 

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