Our karate instructors at Williams Martial Arts & Fitness are black belt-trained and CPR & First Aid Certified. They receive routine training to uphold the WMAF mission, which is to provide exceptional martial arts and fitness training in a disciplined and professional setting.
Shihan Clinton Williams
Shihan has over 40 years of experience in martial arts and is the founder, President & CEO of Williams Martial Arts & Fitness. He is an eighth-degree black belt, National Karate Champion, AAU Hall of Famer, Wrestling Hall of Famer, former United States Marine and has 11 years of experience in law enforcement. Shihan moved to Loudoun County in 1990 opening the first karate school in Ashburn, VA. He has helped produce a number of national and world champions. Several students have even become strong pillars of their community—becoming school teachers, doctors, lawyers, law enforcement agents, and officers in the military.
Sensei Karen Severo
Karen began her training in 1992 and began teaching shortly after at the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion. Karen currently holds a third-degree black belt and manages the daily operations of our facility in Ashburn.
Sensei Jerry Johnson
Jerry began his training in 1994 and currently holds a third-degree black belt. He helps students find growth through encouragement and effective training in martial arts and fitness.
Sensei Liz Korson
Liz began training in 1994 and teaching in 2003. She has been very involved in various programs teaching physical conditioning, martial arts, and fitness classes.
Sensei Vanessa Redd
Vanessa earned her black belt in 2008 and began instructing in 2010. In addition to teaching karate, Vanessa earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Maryland and works with students as a special education teacher.