Sensei Joy Williamson

Joy Williamson began her martial arts training in 1995, cheap after taking a self-defense class. She studied with Sensei Suzanne Pinette at Sun Dragon, search earning her black belt in Kyokushin Karate in 2000. Joy soon began teaching at Sun Dragon, then was requested to take over leadership of the school when Sensei Suzanne retired. She has been the Executive Director and Head Instructor of Sun Dragon since 2004.

Sensei Joy is now a direct student of Jun Shihan Nancy Lanoue and Jun Shihan Sarah Ludden of Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self Defense Center in Chicago, Illinois. She also trains with Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura at the Seido World Headquarters in New York. She was promoted to sandan (third degree black belt) in Seido Karate in 2012. She is also a certified self-defense instructor with the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation.

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