Chief Instructor & Chairman

Khalil Sorbi, Ph.D. E.E.
Shichi Dan (7th Degree Balck Belt)

Dr. Sorbi, the highest JKA-certified examiner,
instructor, and judge in the East Coast Region, started his
training in Shotokan after retiring from George
Washington University’s wrestling team. He is the 1986
WAKF kumite champion and has won several East Coast
and National Senior division Championships.  In his
native Iran, he was high School champion, State
champion, Collegiate champion, and a member of the
National Wrestling team.  As a post-graduate of George
Washington University, he taught electronics and
electro-physics for over 20 years, served as Director of
Instruction of the Human Resources Research
Organization at George Washington University for three
years, and became the Director of Education at the
National Education Center in Washington, DC.  Now as
retired educator, he dedicates his time to educate and
promote Karate as a lifestyle throughout the area.

Shahriar Tayebi
Yan Dan (4th Degree Black Belt)

Shahriar Tayebi was born in Tehran Iran. He was among
Sensei Sorbi’s very first students. Mr. Tayebi holds a
3rd Degree Black Belt in Shotokan and has been a
member of the International Shotokan Karate
Association of Northern Virginia since 1989. He earned
his degree in Applied and Pure Mathematics from the
University of London and he completed his study in
Computer Science and Electronic  Technology in the
USA.  After, Mr. Tayebi spent six years working as an
Engineer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
supporting the Chairman and Chief of Staff. He is
currently working as a Senior System and Computer
Consultant in the Engineering Department of the U.S.
Postal Service.

Peter Janssen
Roku Dan (6th Degree Black Belt)

Pete’s first exposure to the martial arts came as child
when his father was stationed in Okinawa; he began
his study of the martial arts several years later after
graduating from high school. Pete first practiced
karate, judo & jujitsu.  Later,  as a member of the U.S.
Army he was stationed in Chitose, Japan where
trained in Wado Ryu karate.  In 1971 while stationed
in  Korea he trained in Tae Kwon Do.  After leaving
the Army in 1972 he began his study of Yoshukai
karate under Michael Foster under whose direction
he earned 6th degree black belt and he is a Certified
Instructor with that organization.  Pete is a Certified
Purchasing Manager designated by the National
Association of Purchasing Managers and holds a BBA
& MBA.  

Colonel Charles J. Parker U.S.Army Ret.
Roku Dan (6th Degree Black Belt)

Col. Parker began studying Judo and To-Te Kenpo Jitsu
in 1953.   In 1958 he started studying Shudokan
Karate-do.  He trained in a number of other Karate styles
before becoming a student of Takashi Akusawa  in
Shotokan Kenkojuku Karate-Do in 1964.  Col. Parker was
a founding and later a senior member of  the Tokyo
Karate-Do Association.   Col. Parker has continued to
train in traditional Shotokan /Shotokai  Karate-Do in the
US, Japan and Europe with many noted Shotokan and
Shotokai instructors over the last five decades.  Col.
Parker remains a Traditional Shotokan Kenkojuku
Karate-ka and is currently a founding member of the
American Shotokan Karate-Do Kenkojuku Alliance.  Col.
Parker is a member and has trained at the International
Shotokan Karate Association of Northern Virginia dojo
since 2008.  Col. Parker attended The University of
Miami, Webster University and Florida State University
and has degrees in Geography, Criminology and Human
Resources.  Col. Parker retired from the U.S. Army in
1997 and currently is employed by Nissan Motors
Acceptance Corp.

Ahria Sorbi
Go Dan (5th Degree Black Belt)

Ahria Sorbi is the youngest in JKA, ISKF,
JKA/AF, and ISKA history to obtain Shodan,
Nidan, Sandan, and Yondan black belts ranking.  
At age of 19, he became  youngest JKA  certified  
Mr. Sorbi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical
Engineering from George Mason University.
He has over 24 years of martial arts experience.
His Martial arts experience is not limited to just
Shotokan; he has experience in full-contact
karate, Jiu-Jitsu, take-down,  grappling, and
wrestling. Throughout his youth, he held th tittle
of National Youth  and Collegiate Champion for
three consecutive years. Currently he is one of
the best national competitor.

Matthew Michaelson  
Go Dan( 5th Degree Black Belt)

Matthew (Matt) Michaelson began his 40+
years’ Shotokan journey in 1979. He competed
as a member of the West Point Karate Team
from 1986 through his graduation from West
Point, 1990. He was Instructor and Assistant
Professor in Hand-to-Hand and weaponry
(knife and baton use/defense) combat (1998-
2001). A retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel,
Matt is a combat veteran of both Operations
Iraqi Freedom (2003) and Enduring Freedom
(Afghanistan), holds a M.S. Degree in
Kinesiology from Indiana University (1998), is
a Certified Personal Trainer with the American
College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and has
published several articles in Shotokan Karate
Magazine (SKM).