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Mumon translated from Japanese means "no gate".   We took this name to signify that we are open to continuous learning and growth in Karate as we pursue Budo, "the way".


Mumon was established to offer greater opportunity to those practicing Shotokan-style Karate by:

  • Bringing together high level instructors worldwide

  • Organizing subject matter expertise

  • Establishing a structured curriculum

  • Enabling collaboration through the use of technology

Shihan - Master Instructors
Honda, Sadaharu

Saiko Shihan - Chief Instructor


Mr. Honda is a 5th degree Black belt. Sadaharu is responsible for the direction and content of the Mumon organization.

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Bruce Kanegai
Bob Bakos

Shihan - Master Instructor


Mr. Bakos is a 5th Degree Black belt and has been practicing since 1971. Bob is the President of Mumon and Soke responsible for the organization and instructors

Paul Kovacs Ph.D.

Shihan - Master Instructor


Dr. Kovacs is a 5th Degree Black belt and has practiced Karate since 1972. He is responsible for the karate program at Mount Lebanon Recreation Center in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Mark Weingarden

Shihan - Master Instructor


Mr. Bruce Kanegai is a 5th Degree Black belt awarded by Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima.

Bruce is the Shihan of Simi Valley Shotokan.

Shihan - Master Instructor


Dr. Mark Weingarden is a 5th degree Black belt. Mark is responsible for the Carnegie Mellon University Karate Club in Pittsburgh.

Mark is responsible for oversight Mumon Shotokan's Curriculum and Instructor Syllabus.

Ken Maxwell



Mr. Maxwell is a 4th Degree Black Belt and has been practicing since 2008. He is responsible for the Elkins, WV dojo.


Ken recently completed Nursing School and is a registered Nurse.


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