Head Instructor – Sensei Sherrie Hines:
Sherrie has been studying Yoshukai karate since May 2006 under Sensei Hofmeister, and she achieved her first degree black belt in the Summer of 2009. She received her second degree black belt in the Spring of 2012. Sherrie began with absolutely no experience in martial arts, but has grown to deeply love both the physical and mental challenge involved in the study of Yoshukai karate. She has also trained under Sensei Blumreich and Sensei Hofmeister in Kyuki-do and Judo (particularly grappling) outside of her regular Yoshukai training. Sherrie served as Head Assistant Instructor under Sensei Hofmeister for approximately four years, and she is very excited to be teaching as the Head Instructor of Clarke County Yoshukai Karate, which opened its doors on March 28, 2011.
While teaching has always been a primary focus of her training under Sensei Hofmeister, she also enjoys fighting and attending tournaments and has competed successfully for years in kata, weapons, self-defense and sparring competitions. Sherrie ultimately feels that the true value of studying Yoshukai is in coming to understand who you are and what you are truly capable of, in learning to push past what you thought you could (or could not) do and gaining a confidence in yourself and your abilities that will carry throughout everything else you do.
Sherrie is a local attorney working at the Clarke County Attorney’s Office. Previously, she was a public defender in Athens for over six years. She also enjoys participating in various other sports and activities varying from ultimate frisbee to rock climbing to softball. Sherrie is also actively involved as a volunteer docent at Bear Hollow Zoo and as a volunteer at the ACC Animal Control Shelter and with Athenspets. Sherrie’s husband, Connor Magill, is also a local attorney and received his black belt in the Summer of 2014 and his second degree black belt in Summer 2017. He regularly assists her and the other instructors in teaching class.
Head Assistant Instructor – Brandon Smith:
Mr. Smith received his black belt in Spring of 2017. He has been training for almost five years with Sensei Hines and cross-trains in Kyuki-Do and Hapkido with Sensei Ken Blumreich at AKF Athens. Mr. Smith has worked hard to become an excellent martial artist as well as an excellent instructor. When he is not training, he works as a real estate agent with Realty South.
From time to time other instructors will visit our dojo, particularly when Sensei Hines is unable to attend. These instructors may include Sensei Hines’ instructor Sensei Erik Hofmeister, Sensei Ken Blumreich, Sensei Hali Serrian and other high ranking students who study with Sensei Serrian at Athens Yoshukai Karate. Please always treat these instructors with the utmost respect and make them feel welcome in our dojo.