Sensei Young

Sensei Victor Young


Sensei Young began his Martial Arts training in Kodokan Judo in 1957. He had always had a yearning to learn Karate, and has had the good fortune of training under some very high ranking instructors of the famed Japan Karate Association (JKA). Sensei Young was awarded his black belt in 1967 by Sensei Tetsuhiko Asai and appointed Branch Instructor in 1970 to the dojo where he began his training.

After relocating to California in 1981, he opened the doors to what is now the oldest dojo in Camarillo. He has since trained hundreds of students, both male and female, of all ages and professions. He retired from Civil Service as a Quality Assurance Inspector at the young age of 51 and now devotes his time solely to Karate and its teachings.

Sensei Young has enjoyed nearly 5 decades of karate with masters from around the world and many years of tournament competition. His tournament career spanned over 35 years and has won competitions in Hawaii, California, Colorado and Mexico. He looks forward to sharing these experiences with his students.

The excellence of the students from Sensei Young continues to reflect his knowledge and teachings, not only in the dojo, but also in competition, sports and academics.

His personal interests are diverse but Hot Rods, Drag Racing, attending car shows, love for animals and children rate high on the list.

In August 2012, Sensei Young received the prestigious Platinum Life Achievement Award. He was inducted into the 2012 Master’s Hall of Fame.

In 2014 Sensei Young promoted long-time student, Sensei Shawn Danaher to Chief Instructor of Camarillo Shotokan. Sensei Young has since retired and now resides in Prescott, AZ. Like everyone expected, retirement would never slow him down. He continues to share his knowledge by volunteering his time with Ganbare Shotokan Karate of Prescott and travels back to Camarillo for Dan Gradings and Dojo Events.