Shihan Dai Dawna Ellis, Martial Arts Instructor

Shihan Dai Dawna Ellis

Dawna Ellis (Shihan Dai) has been an instructor at Virginia Martial Arts Center for over 20 years. She began her training in 1994 and holds a fifth degree black belt in Karate and a first degree black belt in the Japanese sword art of Iaido. Sensei Dawna is nationally certified to teach by Kuniba Kai International and was directly bestowed that honor by Soke Kozo Kuniba, the President of the organization. She holds a Class D Referee License from USA Karate, a member of the US Olympic Committee. Sensei Ellis volunteers her time to teach self-defense classes for women and abduction prevention programs for children throughout the Hampton Roads region. She is also actively involved in various charitable endeavors in our community.

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