About Your Instructor

Nathan Balakrishnan is the Owner and Chief Instructor of Golden Tiger Shtotokan Karate Dojo and has been practicing the Japanese Martial Art of Shotokan Karate-Do since 1988.

He trained under the direct instruction of Sensei Christopher Smaby and also under Sensei Nishiyama and Sensei Shirai. He frequently travels to Japan to visit family and to train in various dojos there in order to continuously learn more about and share this evolving martial art. He has been a member of the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF), International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF), American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF).

Sensei Balakrishnan is considered a 'purist' in the martial arts and seeks to keep the structure and philosophy of Japanese karate as it was originally taught.

His basic philosophy maintains that karate is a way of life, a discipline that requires a spiritual devotion as well as technical skill.