Kyoshi - 7th Dan

Brian Ounkham

Kyoshi Brian Ounkham is the owner and Sensei or Head Instructor at Okinawan Martial Arts. He wrestled and took boxing lessons throughout the 1980’s and began formal martial arts training in 1991 at Affiliated Yamashita Karate & Kobudō Studios in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He obtained the rank of Shodan in 1995 and in 2009, with permission, he founded and established Okinawan Martial Arts in Sussex, Wisconsin.

In 2011 Sensei Ounkham received his Instructor Certificate (Shihan) and in 2017 he received his Nana rank or 7th Degree Black Belt. Sensei Ounkham receives his personal training from Hanshi Jiro Shiroma at the Arizona Martial Arts Academy in Glendale, AZ. He began his training with Sensei Shiroma in 2005 but formally started his training in Arizona in 2011. He resigned his standing in the Yamashita Budo Association in 2013.

In 2017, Sensei Ounkham moved Okinawan Martial Arts to its current location in Lannon.

Outside of Okinawan Martial Arts, he is a husband to his wife Fadara, and a father to their three children Ella, Alexander and Andrew.

Honorific Titles Received

2006 Instructor Certification Hanshi Jiro Shiroma (Sei ShindoKai) (Karate Do (空手道) Okinawan Shōrin-Ryū (小林流))

2009 Title of Renshi Hanshi Jiro Shiroma (Sei ShindoKai) (Karate Do (空手道) Okinawan Shōrin-Ryū (小林流))

2011 Title of Shihan Hanshi Tadashi Yamashita/Hanshi Daniel Schroeder (Yamashita International Budo Association)

2011 Title of Shihan Hanshi Jiro Shiroma (Sei ShindoKai) (Karate Do (空手道) Okinawan Shōrin-Ryū (小林流))

2017 Title of Kyoshi Hanshi Jiro Shiroma (Sei ShindoKai) (Karate Do (空手道) Okinawan Shōrin-Ryū (小林流))

Formal Rank Certifications Received

1995 1st Dan (Yamashita International Budo Association)

1997 2nd Dan (Yamashita International Budo Association)

1998 1st Dan (Yamashita International Zen Okinawa Kobudo Association)

2000 3rd Dan (Yamashita International Budo Association)

2006 4th Dan (Yamashita International Budo Association)

2008 2nd Dan (Yamashita International Zen Okinawa Kobudo Association)

2009 4th Dan (Sei ShindoKai) (Karate Do (空手道) Okinawan Shōrin-Ryū (小林流)

2010 3rd Dan (Yamashita International Zen Okinawa Kobudo Association)

2011 5th Dan (Yamashita International Budo Association)

2011 5th Dan (Sei ShindoKai) (Karate Do (空手道) Okinawan Shōrin-Ryū (小林流)

2014 6th Dan (Sei ShindoKai) (Karate Do (空手道) Okinawan Shōrin-Ryū (小林流)

2017 7th Dan (Sei ShindoKai) (Karate Do (空手道) Okinawan Shōrin-Ryū (小林流)

Recognition Awards Received

1993 Affiliated Yamashita Karate & Kobudō Studios (Outstanding Male Student)

1994 Okinawan Masters Seminar University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (Most Dedicated Student)

1996 Affiliated Yamashita Karate & Kobudō Studios (Outstanding Black Belt)

1997 Affiliated Yamashita Karate & Kobudō Studios (Outstanding Black Belt)

1998 Affiliated Yamashita Karate & Kobudō Studios (Warrior Award)

1998 Wisconsin Professional Karate Association (WPKA Certified Center Referee)

1999 Affiliated Yamashita Karate & Kobudō Studios (Outstanding Black Belt)

2000 Affiliated Yamashita Karate & Kobudō Studios (Black Belt Excellence Award)

2010 Community Service Proclamation Award Village of Sussex Wisconsin

2011 For Dedication and Commitment to the Advancement of the Okinawan Martial Arts (East West Connection)

2011 Community Service Proclamation Award Village of Sussex Wisconsin 

2012 State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Licensed Juvenile Martial Arts Instructor

2012 Community Service Proclamation Award Village of Sussex Wisconsin

2013 Community Service Proclamation Award Village of Sussex Wisconsin

2013 Award Program of Wisconsin Traditional Martial Arts Best of Wisconsin

2014 Community Service Proclamation Award Village of Sussex Wisconsin

2014 State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Licensed Juvenile Martial Arts Instructor

2015 Community Service Proclamation Award Village of Sussex Wisconsin

2016 State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Licensed Juvenile Martial Arts Instructor

2016 Community Service Proclamation Award Village of Sussex Wisconsin