We boast one of the best Instructional Staffs you’ll find anywhere. Each has spent 10-30 years in the arts and each is very supportive of and attentive to all of our students. Meet them and you’ll be impressed, not only with their skills but with their character. Over the years, they have become invaluable members of our Ryu Shu Kan family.

Grand Master Lynn Philyaw, 8th dan, has been a lifelong teacher. Having taught high school English and later at the college level, he has a solid academic background in psychology, the arts, philosophy and interpersonal communications. He began his martial arts training in 1964 under Rev. William Foster and Master Phillip Koeppel. He has taught karate for nearly 50 years in various venues: Highland Park HS Adult Ed., Far Eastern Arts in Waukegan, College of Lake County — and now in his home dojo in Gurnee, IL.




Robert Asher - 2nd Danbio-orlando