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Shihan Steve Tolson

Owner & Instructor

Kyoshi Steve Tolson is the owner of Tolson's Okinawan Karate. My goal is to continue with the teaching's of Grandmaster Hohan Soken and my instructor Soke Roy Canter. Whether you are looking for traditional Kata, bunkai kumite (fighting technique), or self defense I provide all my students with well rounded knowledge. I welcome you to visit and help carry the candle that was passed on by our Grandmaster.


I was born in Southern Maryland in 1957 and educated locally at Thomas Stone High School. I have been training for the past 40+ years. I hold a 7th Dan (Shichidan) black belt in Matsumura Shaolin Kenpo and I am the Master Instructor at Tolson's Okinawan Karate. Some of my accomplishments include winning the title "State Champion" for three consecutive years since 2000 for Kata and Weapons. I am a 25 time Grand Champion. I also participated in the Millennium 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia and brought back 4 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal. Awards I have received include: World Christian Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 2002 Instructor of the Year, Martial Artist of the Year, Pinnacle of Success Award, and Life Achievement Award. I have also been inducted into the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame.


The purpose of listing my accomplishments is not to brag or boast but to inform you that anyone is capable of accomplishing any goal when you have the dedication and determination to "just do it".

I am sanctioned under the direction of Soke Roy S. Canter, Jr. of Canter's White Swan Karate in Florida of the Okinawan White Swan Association in addition to: Hansi Tom Hunnicutt of Arkansas (10th Dan, Matsumura Seito Karate). 


I invite you to join me. Let us learn and grow together. In Karate Do the Spirit of Bushido, improving the mind, body and spirit.

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