Shihan Joseph Claycomb is a Certified Machida Karate Instructor as well as a 6th degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate, a 4th Dan in Kanzen Ryu Karate and a 4th Dan in Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons). Shihan Claycomb is also Certified Kickboxing Instructor.
He Began his martial arts journey at the age of seven and has trained internationally & locally and has been privileged to have trained with many high-ranking instructors and some of the best traditional martial artists in the world.
Currently Mr. Claycomb is under the direct tutelage of Master Toshiatsu Sasaki (8th Dan) who is the President of Japan Karate-do Maruyoshikai Organization. Mr. Claycomb has also studied a variety martial arts such as Kung Fu, Tae Kwon do, Judo, Boxing and Okinawan Karate Styles of Kanzen ryu, Shito ryu & Goju ryu.
As a Competitor, Mr. Claycomb has extensive experience at Local, Regional and International competition. He is a Former National Karate Team Coach of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Shihan Claycomb enjoys teaching practical NO NON-SENSE Self Defense Techniques with a Combative mentality in all of his classes. Currently, he is the Chief instructor at Claycomb Academy of Martial Arts in Fontana, CA 92336.
Mr. Tom Kusleika
Sensei Kusleika is a veteran of 36 years of Karate. He is known for his caring touch and straight forward yet practical approach in his classes.
Mr. Kusleika was a collegiate wrestling competitor and coach during his academic years. He currently teaches our wrestling and grappling classes with a self defense and practical approach for those looking to enhance their overall combative skills and/or Karate for MMA abilities.
Sensei Tom also assists in many Karate classes and loves teaching our younger students and youth. As a school teacher and educator himself, he believes in the benefits of Martial arts physical training and how it helps students improve their academic abilities and success.
Black Belt Instructor
Xena is a very accomplished black belt and seasoned competitor with over 13 years of training. She began her training with Shihan Claycomb at the age of 3 1/2. 8 years of consistent training later, She earned her Black belt rank in Japanese Karate from Japan under Shotokan Master Toshiatsu Sasaki - 8th dan. Currently, Xena is the lead Kid's Karate instructor. Our students love her spark, personality and energetic teaching style.
As a full time Honor student and a Chamber member in Orchestra, Her karate training has always given her a great confidence in herself and a positive direction.
Currently, She also trains at the Machida Karate Academy in Lomita CA under the close watch and tutelage of Sensei Lyoto and Chinzo Machida.
Her next goal is to earn recognition as a Machida Karate Blackbelt and certified instructor. Senpai Xena is an inspiration to other Young ladies in our dojo looking to excel in everything they aspire to be.
Black Belt Instructor
As very accomplished black belt and seasoned competitor with over 13 years of training, Senpai Michael began his martial arts journey with Shihan Claycomb at the age of 3 1/2. After 8 years of consistent training and dedication, He earned his Black belt rank in Japanese Karate from Japan under Shotokan Master Toshiatsu Sasaki - 8th Dan.
Currently, Senpai Michael assists in teaching our Kid’s Karate programs. Our students love his personality, dynamic approach and positive energy.
With dedication and commitment to his academic success, Karate has always given him a positive direction and tremendous confidence. Currently, Senpai Michael also trains at the Machida Karate Academy in Lomita CA under the close watch and tutelage of Senseis Lyoto and Chinzo Machida.
His next goal is to earn recognition as Machida Karate Blackbelt and certified instructor and one day run his own academy and continue the Claycomb family tradition.