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Club Officers

The Student officers of the CSULB Shotokan Karate club officers are more than just karatekas. They are moral and physical examples of what other practitioner should strive for. Much like a black belt, officers are the face and representatives of the club. They must be aware of all upcoming event information.

President

Melinda Som
Academic Major: 
Biochemistry
Year Began Training: 2007
Belt Ranking: Yonkyu (4th Degree White)
Favorite Kata: Heian Nidan
Quote: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

Vice President

David Hayter

Academic Major: History, International Studies & Japanese
Year Began Training: 2011
Belt Ranking: Nanakyu (7th Degree White)
Favorite Kata: Heian Shodan
Quote: “I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers, or leaves.  It is futile to argue as to which leaf, which design of branches, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root you understand all its blossoming.” –Bruce Lee

Secretary


Yessica Gomez


Academic Major: Biochemistry
Year Began Training: 2012
Belt Ranking: Hachikyu (8th Degree White)
Favorite Kata: Heian Sandan
Quote: "Clean up after yourself. If you want to be accepted you must accept yourself first." - Haru Yoshida

Treasurer

Jennifer Nicholas

Academic Major: Civil Engineering
Year Began Training: 2013
Belt Ranking: Unranked
Favorite Kata: Taikyoku Shodan
Quote: "Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil." (Proverbs 3:7)

Public Relations

Oscar Padilla
Academic Major: Art
Year Began Training: 2011
Belt Ranking: Gokyu (5th Degree White)
Favorite Kata: Heian Nidan
Quote: “I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers, or leaves.  It is futile to argue as to which leaf, which design of branches, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root you understand all its blossoming.” –Bruce Lee

Information Technology


Maria Morales
Academic Major: Computer Science
Year Began Training: 2010
Belt Ranking: Shichikyu (7th Degree White)
Favorite Kata: Heian Sandan
Quote: "To conquer fear is to live." ~ Hirohiko Araki