This rare quality translates perfectly for students of all ages from the youngest beginners to the most experienced black belt adults. His passion for karate is evident in every class he teaches and inspires his students to become better from the inside out. He believes the ultimate aim of karate is not victory or defeat but the perfection of character.
Tobey Stansbury has been training in traditional Karate-do since 1988. His karate training began in the Head Quarters School (Hombu Dojo) for Shudokan Karate in America in Yakima, Washington. At the Hombu Dojo, Tobey grew up under the direct tutelage of Hanshi Morris Mack. Morris Mack, a ninth degree black belt, is famous for being one of the pioneers of traditional Martial Arts in the Northwest. This legacy of being a pioneer in the Northwest was begun by Walter Todd, Mack Hanshi’s teacher, who after learning in Japan, taught Judo, Aikido, and Karate-Do in America. Tobey’s close relationship with Mack Hanshi is one of Tobey’s greatest treasures.
Tobey has recently returned to the United States after living two and a half years in Japan researching Karate and teaching English in the Japanese public school system. He holds the rank of Go-Dan Shihan, which translates to Fifth Degree Black Belt, Professor. After returning to the US Tobey then quickly opened up the Emerald City Karate Dojo. He hopes that Emerald City Karate will become a great school for students who are interested in traditional karate and its modern real life applicability both physical and philosophical. First Aid and CPR Certified.
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Dojo dog – Sumi
“I first started training under Sensei Tobey in 2008. When I first started my training I was a pack-a-day smoker. I had tried to quit smoking many times but had failed. I promised Sensei I’d quit before my black belt test. I no longer smoke, and I believe that my training in Shudokan Karate under Sensei Tobey gave me the mental discipline that I needed to quit.”
-Thom E – Adult Karate Program
“My 7-year old son and I have been going to Emerald City Karate for several years now. We have had a great time and always look forward to our family/youth class. As well as teaching about karate and Japanese culture and language, Sensei Tobey provides great lessons on how to work hard and patiently to succeed in anything. It’s also a great way to get mid-week exercise!”
Alan H – Youth & Family Program
“Sensei Tobey is my son’s Karate teacher (we’re in the 4 to 6-year-old class). As a teacher of small children, I find him to be a wonderful combination of patience, discipline, and fun. He is very passionate about teaching Karate and it shows. He relates to the kids very well and can teach boys and girls equally, not only the physical skills of Karate but mental focus skills as well. It’s been a great experience for my son and I highly recommend Sensei Tobey and Emerald City Karate to anyone looking to enroll their child in a martial arts class. “
Yvette H (Karate Mom)
Before joining Emerald City Karate I had no experience playing sports or participating in exercise programs because I didn’t like physical activities. So I didn’t expect I would be able to keep training for more than a month or so. But I found it to be fun immediately. The karate class has a variety of different subjects that keep students from being bored. Also, Sensei Tobey knows how to encourage students and allows them to have fun while feeling good about themselves. He likes telling jokes and making students laugh but his passion for teaching karate is always distinctive and serious. Because of his encouragement, I have kept training for a long time and even now I am training in Japan! Karate has taught me the joy of exercise and improved my concentration and it continues to teach many students to practice better manners and etiquette.
It is my pleasure to recommend Emerald City Karate for your exercise and experience in martial arts.
-Kaoru M: Adult Karate Program
“I cannot say enough good things about the programs offered at Emerald City Karate. If you have children, this dojo (school) is a wonderful environment for them to learn traditional Japanese martial arts, self-discipline, and to have a great time!”
-Samantha: Karate mom