Tim VanDenover Sensei
Rising Sun Karate Head Instructor and Owner, Tim VanDenover Sensei is one of the most respected martial arts teachers in the USA. He began his training in 1971 under James H. Hawkes Sensei at the age of 13.
VanDenover Sensei holds the rank of 8th Degree in Shorin-Ryu Matsumura Orthodox Karate. In addition to his Karate rank also holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Kodachi (short sword ) and 6th Degree Black Belt in Choken (long sword free style) from Japanese Chanbara creator Tanabe Tetsundo.
VanDenover Sensei is the Arizona State Representative for the United States Association of Martial Artists as well as the Chanbara Style Head for the organization.
VanDenover Sensei has been honored with 7 Hall of Fame awards, including USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame for most Inspirational and Innovative Instructor. Masters Hall of Fame Silver Lifetime Achievement awards. Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts. He was also inducted into the Molum Combat Honor Society in 2012. And the Hawkes International Society in with the United States Association of Martial Artists.