About Sensei Stephens
Sensei Alex Stephens was awarded fourth-degree black belt and declared headmaster of American Open Karate Bujutsu by karate icon Jerry Piddington. He was awarded the honorary title of Tashi in 2022 for his work with adaptive and special needs and his credentials are recognized by the American Karate Academies National Association (AKANA).
Tashi Stephens has been teaching karate to the community since 2015. He developed his passion for teaching martial arts in Ashland Oregon under the mentorship of our founder Hanshi Jerry Piddinton. Tashi Stephens was awarded the Silver Sidekick Angel for his work with special needs by world kickboxing champion Ricky Smith.
Over the years Tashi Stephens has competed in ToughMan boxing, amateur MMA, and traditional karate tournaments. He has become a 10 kata Tomoe Warrior and has developed his own unique fighting system, A.O.K.B. His passion for karate has culminated in the opening of Reverence Karate-Do Institute in Eugene Oregon in 2020.
PKA Lifetime Member
Awarded Best Instruction in Eugene, Oregon
In 2022, Tashi Stephens was recognized by PKA Worldwide (The Professionial Kickboxing Association) for best instruction in Eugene, Oregon and awarded lifetime membership status.
Classes We Offer
Adaptive Karate Consultation for Youth & Adult Students
Ideal for anyone with physical or cognitive adaptions or anyone looking for 1-on-1 instruction to help address personal goals.
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Adaptive Karate Program
Karate is how you treat people
Sensei Stephens has been serving the adaptive community by means of karate since 2015. He has helped enrich the lives of many folks with a wide range of abilities and adaptations. The Adaptive Program is designed to meet the needs of each student in their own unique way. Every adaptive student will have a personal karate plan developed to create a strong mind, body, and spirit. Sensei Stephens has customized curriculum for with students with autism, FAS, Down syndrome, OCD, ADHD, and Parkinsons. He has also modified curriculum for a wide range of mobility adaptations for students in wheelchairs, or with limb loss. He believes karate is how we treat others, and ultimately how we treat ourselves. Contact Reverence Karate-Do Institute today and find out how Sensei Stephens can help you and your loved ones.
Reverence student Noah and his father Roger discuss the benefits of his Adaptive Karate lessons.
Sensei Stephens sparring with a student during brown belt promotion.