MKA Instructors

The Instructors

[Soke – Founder] David Akrish  knowledge of the martial arts is both deep and diverse. At the age of six he watched his first martial arts demonstration and knew, even then, that he would spend the rest of life studying and teaching combat martial arts. He attended his first martial art lesson at the age of seven in which his mother would drop him off at a local Seattle Community Center every Saturday to study Karate. At the age of nine he studied Tai Kwon Do under a well known Sabunim who would soon become the coach of the International Beijing Wu Shu Team…a great honor.

The 1970’s exploded with Bruce Lee and many Kung Fu Schools opened up to the public. David attended very demanding Chinese schools of martial arts that were offering such styles as: Wing Chun [Bruce Lee’s main style] and 35 years with the advanced Shaolin hybrid-system of Choy-Li-Fut under Grandmaster Wong Doc Fai [International Plumblossom Federation]. In 1985,  David connected with old friend from high school who introduced him to Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Filipino Combat Training [Kali] and advanced Japanese Combat Training.

After over five consistent decades of both training in, and instructing numerous schools, David has decided to devote the rest of his life to teaching real-world, self-defense knowledge to the public. This includes both the advanced movements of the Japanese Katana & the Filipino Martial Arts Systems.

He has also had a 15 year background in the firefighting and emergency medical service attaining the rank of EMT- Paramedic. Since 2000, he and his wife Teah Sensei are respected owners of nationally known Traditional Chinese Herbal business helping patients with complex health issues.

Teah Akrish Sensei is an assistant instructor at the Modern Katana Academy with an extensive martial history with two decades of Chinese, Filipino & Japanese Combat Arts training.

Style Instructors/Schools Years  Level Attained
Ishin Ryu Karate  Jackson Sensei 1968-70 Student
Tai Kwon Do Sabunim  R. Tung 1970-76 Student
Wing Chun

Kung Fu

Sifu L./Sifu B./Sifu U. 1977-Present Sifu
Choy-Li-Fut Kung Fu

Yang Tai Chi Chuan

International Plum Blossom Federation – 

Sifu Akrish White Snake School

1982-Present Sifu
Filipino & Wing Chun Systems

Muay Thai Boxing

Japanese Katana

Sifu P. & Y. Sensei 
1985-Present Student
Yee Jong Kune Do Master C. 1986-88 Student
Tai Kwon Do Halten Sensei 1992-94 Student
Kenpo Karate Braughton Sensei 1996-98 Student
The Modern Katana Academy Akrish Soke 1982-Present Founder/Soke