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Instructors
SENSEI AMADOU NIANG - Chief Instructor, 6th Degree Black Belt

SENSEI WENDY FAYLES (Sandan) - Instructor

SENPAI ALASSANE NIANG (Shodan) - Assistant Instructor

SENPAI GEORGE VO-DUC (Shodan-Ho) - Assistant Instructor

SENPAI ANDY NOU - Assistant Instructor (Shodan)

Sensei Wendy Fayles 
Sensei Wendy Fayles
Senpai Alassane Niang 
Senpai Alassane Niang
Senpai George Vo-Duc 
Senpai George Vo-Duc
Senpai Andy Nou
Senpai Andy Nou
Sensei's Biography
Sensei AmadouSENSEI AMADOU NIANG
Chief Instructor, 6th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Niang started learning Shotokan Karate in Bamako, Mali in 1976. His first instructor was one of the pioneers of Malian karate, Sensei Boubacar Bagayoko, who was a student of Kase Sensei and Enoeda Sensei (both Japanese instructors and direct students of Funakoshi Sensei, the founder of modern karate-do). However, it was under another pioneer of Malian karate (Sensei Abdoul Wahab Traore, now 8th Dan, known as Sensei Bob) that Mr. Niang did most of his training in Mali.

In 2007, Sensei Niang joined the International Martial Arts Association (IMA) and became a member of its technical committee.

In 2010 he had the great honor and privilege of being elevated to the rank of Godan - 5th degree black belt by the Malian National Karate Federation and Ministry of Sport in recognition of decades of training, teaching, and service dedicated to karate in Mali and in the USA.

In 2012 Sensei Niang recertified for his Godan under Hanshi Madani (8th Dan, student of Nakayama Sensei, founder and President of the IMA). After progressively climbing the ranks, he passed Roku Dan (6th degree black belt) at the IMA June 2018 Dan testing in Louisville, Colorado. Three months later, he received from Hanshi Madani the title of “Shihan” at the IMA 24th Annual Gasshuku in Granby, Colorado. Sensei Niang thus joined the restricted circle of the organization’s Shihan Kai (a group of chief instructors who are recognized to have reached a high level of technical expertise and established a proven leadership record within the organization). In addition to his credentials as karate instructor, Sensei Niang is also an international karate referee.

Over his long tenure as karate student and instructor, he has attended seminars and camps by many respected experts of karate-do, including Cyrus Madani, Taiji Kase, Guy Chauvin, Masayuki Hisataka, Shojiro Koyama, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Masafumi Shiomitsu, Fumuo Demura, and WKF 1980’s kumite legend Goeffrey Thompson ( five times world champion).

Sensei Niang is a professional educator in Salt Lake City School District. He has a Master of Education degree from Northern Arizona University and is currently completing a doctoral program in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah where he is ABD.

SENSEI WENDY FAYLES
Instructor, 3th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Fayles started karate as one of the first adult female students at the IMA Budokan. After training for many years and passing her shodan test, her dedication to the art and the dojo had been established. She progressively rose through the ranks and achieved third degree black belt in 2017.

© 2001-2018 Amadou Niang, Salt Lake City, Utah

SENSEI AMADOU NIANG Chief Instructor, 6th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Amadou started learning Shotokan Karate in Bamako Mali in 1976. His first instructor was one of the pioneers of Malian karate, Sensei Boubacar Bagayoko, who was a student of Kase Sensei and Enoeda Sensei (both Japanese instructors and direct students of Funakoshi Sensei, the founder of modern karate-do). However, it was under another pioneer of Malian karate (Sensei Abdoul Wahab Traore, 7th Dan, known as Sensei Bob) that Sensei Amadou Niang did most of his training in Mali.

In 2007, Sensei Amadou Niang joined Hanshi Cyrus Madani's organization (International MartialArts Association - IMA). Under the guidance of Hanshi Madani (8th Dan Shotokan), Mr. Niang trained and re-certified for the Sandan that Northern Arizona Martial Arts Association had granted him in 2001. He also obtained his US National Kumite Referee license in Louisville, Colorado under the guidance of Hanshi's wife, Sensei Fariba Madani (WKF Referee and member of the World Karate Federation Referee Council).

In 2010 while Sensei Amadou Niang was diligently working on his Yondan recertification under IMA guidelines, he had the great honor and privilege of being elevated to the rank of 5th degree back belt by his country (Mali)'s Department of Sport and the Malian National Karate Federation in recognition of more than 30 years of training, teaching, and services he dedicated to karate in Mali and in the United States of America.

Over his 34-year tenure as karate student and instructor, Sensei Amadou Niang has attended seminars and camps by many respected experts of karate-do including: Taiji Kase, Guy Chauvin, Masayuki Hisataka, Shojiro Koyama, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Masafumi Shiomitsu, Fumuo Demura, and WKF 1980's kumite legend Goeffrey Thompson (five times world champion).

We teach traditional Japanese Shotokan karate based on the philosophies of the founder of Shotokan karate-do, Gichin Funakoshi. Our students learn in a safe and fun environment, and are taught traditional karate with the use of basics (kihon), forms (kata), and sparring (kumite). They participate in karate competitions, from local to national to international, and achieve great success.

Local karate tournaments have been held in: West Valley City, UT, Sandy, UT, Cottonwood, UT, Park City, UT, Salt Lake City, UT,

National and international karate tournaments include: USA Open Karate Championships, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada; USA National Championship and Team Qualifiers, Reno, Nevada; IMA Annual Championship in Utah, Northwest Recreation Center, Salt Lake City, Utah; Intermountain Karate Championship, Park City, Utah; IMA Rocky Mountain Karate Championship, Louisville, Colorado; IMA North Fork Karate Championship, Grand Junction, Colorado; Colorado State Championship, Eagle, Colorado.

Karate training and karate competition classes are offered throughout the Salt Lake Valley, Utah, serving: Sugar House (Sugarhouse), Millcreek, East Millcreek, Canyon Rim, Cottonwood, Cottonwood West, Cottonwood Heights, Indian Hills, Emigration Canyon, Parleys Canyon, Glendale, The Avenues, Downtown Salt Lake, Murray, Holladay, West Valley, Salt Lake Valley, Harvard-Yale, Yalecrest, Liberty Park, Mt. Olympus, 9th & 9th, 15th & 15th, University of Utah, East Bench.