National Karate was founded in 1974 by Grandmaster Jim Butin. Before starting his school, he was a world champion in bare knuckle karate. Mr. Butin has taught thousands of people in our community and has made a huge impact in the lives of many students.
In 2018, two of Mr. Butin's own black belts, Phillip Rosier and David Steece, took over ownership. Phillip and David started taking classes at National Karate at the age of 6 and they both received their black belt at a young age. They have competed across the nation and won several national championships. Both started out helping in class as assistant instructors and 15 years later they continue the legacy. We consider ourselves a family here at National Karate, and we'd love to tell you more about our story.