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Sensei Kyle Sonnabend-Liberty ran a karate school at the Yakima Athletic Club during the late 80's and early 90's. The style of karate originally taught by Sensei Kyle was USA-Goju. There were many students there and the Dojo occupied a few differnet spaces over the years including weight rooms, racketball courts and an Aerobics Studio.

In 1994 Sensei Gene Villa, a former student of Sensei Kyle, visited the dojo and demonstrated Okinawan Goju-Ryu to both Sensei Kyle and her students. Soon after this, Sensei Kyle made the decision that the Dojo needed to convert its style to Okinawan Goju-Ryu and join the IOGKF.

Later on, the dojo made the big decision to leave the athletic club and open its doors in a Dojo space of its own. The name of the Dojo was Goju-Ryu Karate of Yakima. The dojo grew in size and was very successful. Sensei Kyle had many students that trained hard and made the rank of shodan and higher at that time. Toward the tail end of 1998 many students began to leave the dojo due to health, further education, or job responsibilities. One of these students to leave was Andy Franz, who left to move to Spokane Washington in order to attend college. In late 1999 and early 2000 Sensei Kyle finally decided to retire from being a full time sensei and closed the school.

Early 2004 Andy Franz, reopened the school in Selah, under the name Goju-Ryu Karate of Selah. There it has been open for more than 10 years. Sensei Kyle Sonnabend, Sensei Gene Villa and many other instructors have visited and taught at the dojo over the years.

Black Belts Under Kyle Sonnabend-LibertyBlack Belts Under Andy Franz
Kem RussellNidanTom WatkinsSandan
Nate RichardsShodanMareli DrakesNidan
Gene AmosShodanLisa FranzNidan
Seth RussellShodanScott HannaNidan
Brian MossShodanKimberly CreeNidan
Andy FranzShodan *Patricia EdwardsNidan
Mike GloverShodanKevin CadiganNidan
Phil ClineShodanDanny SkinnerShodan
Bill StrangeShodanTigger GaminoShodan
Jennifer StaleyShodanMatthew WatkinsShodan
Danny ShodanShodanIrina YatsenkoShodan
Aaron RussellShodanJohn ElyeaShodan
* Has attained a higher rankAndrew HurdShodan
Charles TetreaultShodan
Derek StoutShodan
Charlee ElyeaShodan-Ho
Jerik McCannJr. Shodan
Austin AuJr. Shodan
Kaylor FullertonJr. Shodan
Ben HoxeeJr. Shodan
Aiden CadiganJr. Shodan
Ashlyn KnoxJr. Shodan
Jack NeumeyerJr. Shodan
Hayden GillJr. Shodan
Cole RobbinsJr. Shodan
Jared BriggsJr. Shodan
Hannah CadiganJr. Shodan
Tristan LyczewskiJr. Shodan
Domanic LyczewskiJr. Shodan


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