MEET THE SENSEI
Sensei Jordan Diaz started his journey in the martial arts in 2001 at the age of seven. Since that very young age he knew he wanted to earn his black belt and continue this journey for the rest of his life. As he progressed towards reaching his goal he began to hold classes in grab arts, weapons, and katas. In 2007 Jordan earned his first black belt from Pande's Black Dragon Karate in California under Master Louie Pande. After many years he continued his training with Shihan Arnel Crescini at Ronin Dragon Karate in California and earned his 5th degree black belt (Godan). He also holds a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo from Master Paul Barker at Champion Karate West in Utah. As you can see, Jordan has gained a love for all kinds of martial arts, however he does favor the traditional art of Shotokan Karate. He began his journey in Shotokan Karate in 2014. Sensei Diaz currently holds a 2nd degree black belt (Nidan) in the International San Ten Karate Association under Hanshi Ricardo Llewelyn. Jordan met Hanshi Llewelyn in 2018 and continues his journey with him and the organization ISKA. Jordan plans on traveling to California quite often to continue his training with both Hanshi Llewelyn and ISKA.
In 2017 Jordan partnered up with a colleague, Master Ty Hatfield, and founded the Utah Association of Martial Arts. He now directs UAMA and promotes several events throughout the year. His vision for the organization is to unite all martial art schools in Utah through training and supporting one another.
Sensei Jordan was very active in competing at tournaments and in 2005, won the World Championships in Las Vegas, NV in the kata division. One year later he won Grand Champion in San Francisco in weapons along with placing first in many other tournaments. In 2013 he returned to the Vegas tournament and placed 1st and Grand Champion in the 2013 Winter Olympics Las Vegas, NV.
Sensei Jordan has a "just do it" attitude and has adopted that motto which has helped him reach his goals which he now encourages other students to believe. He has always pushed himself to be the best he can be by learning, teaching, and being an example to others.
Sensei Diaz devotes his heart and soul in the traditional teachings of Shotokan Karate. In 2011 with the permission from his past instructors, Sensei Diaz opened up a dojo in Utah. In 2019 with the permission from Hanshi Ricardo Llewelyn, Sensei Diaz changed the name of his dojo to Shotokan Karate Academy Lehi, joining the Shotokan Karate Academy family of California. Sensei Diaz is a very dedicated instructor who will continue his journey in studying martial arts for many years to come.