Sortor Bushido Kai Karate
Co-Founders: Sensei Brian Sortor and Sensei Kristina Knittel
63056 Lower Meadow Dr. #120, Bend, OR 97701
About our dojo!
Introduction to the Sortor Karate Dojo:
Funny "fight sets," weapons, forms and self-defense demonstration choreographed and performed by students at Sortor Karate:
Sensei Brian Sortor was born in Clovis, California. He began his martial arts training when he was thirteen years old, and trained under Bushido Kai Karate founder, Stuart Quan.
Quan's Bushido Kai was based on the Japanese style of Shotokan Karate, along with a mixture of Aikido, Judo, Tai Chi, Wushu, and Tae Kwon Do. Most importantly, Quan imparted the principles of love, respect, duty, and courage to each of his students through the martial arts. Brian received his black belt from Stuart in April of 2000. He went on to win titles and awards for traditional forms, open forms, weapons, and sparring at national and international tournaments from Los Angeles and San Francisco in California, to Las Vegas, Nevada and Washington DC.
Brian began teaching karate under Staurt Quan in 1997, and taught students of all skill levels, ages 4 to 84, in a wide variety of classes. He led classes in everything from kids' karate and summer stunt day camps, to cardio-kickboxing and women's self-defense, to seniors' Tai Chi. To Brian, every class is an opportunity to spread the benefits of the martial arts, and he enjoys teaching every one of them.
In 2003, Brian trained with the Shuko Kai and Shotokan clubs of Edinburgh University in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2004, Brian moved with Kristina to Bristol, Tennessee, where he taught women's self-defense for the Slater Community Center and for the women of King College.
In 2005, Brian and Kristina moved to Bend, Oregon and opened the Sortor Bushido Kai Karate dojo. Kristina runs the office and will be the first person you speak to when you contact the dojo. Her martial arts experience includes a 2nd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do from Nam's Korean Karate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a black belt in Bushido Kai karate, and several years of grappling classes. Kristina is proud to train with the wonderful students that make up the Sortor Karate dojo family and feels blessed every single day to be a part of it.
At the Sortor Karate dojo, Sensei Brian teaches karate to adults and children ages 5 and up, grappling classes, women's self defense, Karate Day Camps, homeschooler's karate classes and afterschool programs for Bend Parks and Recreation. The family atmosphere and strong sense of respect and love that the students at the dojo exhibit is one of the things he is most proud of about his school. Brian has always loved sharing the art with others. For many years it was his dream to be able to pass on the benefits of martial arts training to new people full time, and he takes great pleasure in pushing students to be the best martial artists, and human beings, they can be.