Our Beloved Teacher                                                        
Don DePree
(1942 - 2012)

                                                           Head Instructor                                                            

Samir Abboud

Rank: Godan (5th degree Black Belt)

"I joined Shotokan Karate in 1969 as a foreign exchange student

from Lebanon while studying at CSULB (California State University,
Long Beach). I continued to train at the CSULB Karate Club even
after graduating. I earned a B.A. in Journalism and a B.A. and M.A.
in Political Science. In 1986, I became a U.S. citizen. As Don
DePree always said, "We
can't get rid of him." I was honored to take
over Mr. DePree's teaching position at CSULB when he was needed
to oversee the building on
the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo. Now I teach
karate and self-defense at both CSU Long Beach and
CSU Fullerton,
and lead a thriving CSULB Karate Club. I met my
wife Natalie, a nidan,
in one of Don's night classes, and now we have three beautiful children: Christianne, Elias and Sophia."


Ken Osborne

Rank: Godan (5th degree Black Belt)

Charles Lai

Charles LaiRank: Godan (5th degree Black Belt)

Daniel McSween

Rank: Yodan (4th degree Black Belt)