Sun Dragon Staff

 Sensei Joy Williamson, Executive Director

Sensei Joy started training at Sun Dragon in 1995; she earned her Kyokushin black belt in 2000. She took over as Head Instructor at the request of Sun Dragon founder Sensei Suzanne Pinette when she retired in 2004. She teaches Seido karate and Empowerment Self Defense to adults, teens, and children. Sensei Joy currently trains with Sei Shihan Nancy Lanoue and Jun Shihan Sarah Ludden at Thousand Waves in Chicago. She earned her Seido shodan in 2007, nidan in 2009, sandan in 2012, and yondan in 2016. She is a member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) and the Association of Women Martial Artists (AWMAI). Sensei Joy holds national certification as a self-defense instructor through NWMAF.

Senpai Laura Hayden, Program Director

Laura_knife defenseSenpai Laura has been a friend of Sun Dragon since 2006, training here since 2008 and teaching since 2010. She has worked as Program Director since January 2016. Besides leading the Little Dragons program and teaching all levels of the kids’ Seido Karate program, Senpai Laura also teaches self-defense. She earned her Seido shodan in 2013, her nidan in 2016, and is a member of NWMAF and AWMAI. Her wife KJ is a Seido yondan at Sun Dragon. Senpai Laura designs the Sun Dragon calendar every year and you can often see her with her camera on the sidelines of classes or promotions hoping to get that perfect picture.

Sensei Graham M. Smith, Youth Program Coordinator

Sensei Graham has been affiliated with Sun Dragon since 2000 and teaching here since 2007. He currently teaches primarily in our Juniors and Youth karate programs. Sensei Graham earned his Seido shodan in 2009, nidan in 2011, sandan in 2013, and yondan in 2018. He served on the Sun Dragon Board of Directors from 2005—2013. Sensei Graham achieved the rank of third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and ran a school in North Carolina before he moved to Austin.

Senpai William Mouradian, Director of Outreach and Development

Wil has been training at Sun Dragon since 2014 and currently holds the rank of shodan. They have served on the Board of Directors since 2015 and has been teaching since 2016. Wil executes our marketing strategy and fundraising efforts, including managing our annual Kickathon Fundraiser and curating our social media content. Before training in Seido Karate, Wil trained for five years in Taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Aikido. When they’re not in the dojo, Wil can be found jogging around Sunset Valley, freelancing for small businesses, or drawing.