INSTRUCTORS

Sensei Alan Weil. Head instructor at West Los Angeles Karate

Sensei Alan Weil

Alan Weil, 6th Dan

Alan is a 6th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a senior instructor at the West Los Angeles Karate School. He has been training in Karate since the mid-1970's. In addition to his training and teaching in Los Angeles, he has trained all over the globe, including in Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, England, Canada and Israel. Following in the footsteps of his Sensei George Takahashi, Alan taught the UCLA Extension Course in Karate for many years after Sensei Takahashi retired. Alan's other passions include his family and his continuing professional life as a lawyer.  Alan is a volunteer instructor at the Westside YMCA.

Sensei Steve Young. Head instructor at West Los Angeles Karate

Sensei Steve Young

Stephen (Steve) K Young, 6th Dan

A practitioner of Shotokan karate since 1975, Steve has been an instructor for more than 30 years at the West Los Angeles Karate School.   He began his karate training under Sensei George Takahashi at the UCLA Extension program while they both worked at UCLA.  Upon completion of the program, Steve joined the West Los Angeles Karate School at Pico and Sepulveda near the campus and he has been training ever since.  For the last ten years, the School has been operated at the Brentwood Youth House.

Steve was a volunteer soccer coach with the Palisades YMCA and with the AYSO while his two children were growing up in the 1980’s.  A scientist by profession, Steve enjoys traveling with his wife, reading, and the opera as well as doing physics research.

Steve is a volunteer karate instructor at the Westside YMCA and co-taught a children’s karate class at the Brentwood Youth House in 2008 with Alan Weil.   Steve considers it a privilege that he and Alan have been training together for most of their adult lives.

Sensei Mak King. Instructor at West Los Angeles Karate

Sensei Mak King

Maurice (Mak) A King, 4th Dan

Mak is a 4th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and an instructor at West Los Angeles Karate School.  He has been training at West LA since 1980 and teaching since the late 80s.  He has a background in wrestling and competed at both High School and University levels.  In addition to his Karate training, Mak has run about 30 marathons in about that many years, and enjoys downhill skiing and extended backpack trips in the High Sierra.  He is employed in a senior staff engineering position in the aerospace industry. 

Sensei David Heldman

David Heldman, 4th Dan

David is a 4th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and an instructor at West Los Angeles Karate School. He has been training in Karate since 1990 and prior to Karate trained and competed in Judo both as a child and during college. When he can, he visits other Shotokan Karate schools in the Los Angeles area and around the world. David has been involved in YMCA programs with his children as Tribal Chief and Chief of the Nation for the Palisades - Malibu YMCA. He has been on the board of his community's homeowner's association for many years and does community service with his family. David works in Real Estate.  David is a volunteer instructor at the Westside YMCA.