Sensei Chip Niculescu is the owner and chief instructor of Austin Shotokan Karate Academy. He holds a second degree black belt in Shotokan karate and is an internationally certified and accredited instructor.
Sensei Chip began practicing the art of karate in 1990 in his native country of Romania. He has been teaching students in both Europe and the United States since 1996.
Austin Shotokan Karate Academy, formerly Austin Karate for Kids, was founded on March 1, 2008 as the culmination of Sensei Chip's life-long dedication to traditional martial arts. His passion for Shotokan karate and the martial way fuels the heart of our dojo and comes through in our dedication to teaching our students the core values of traditional martial arts: respect, perseverance, hard work, and honor.
As a “sensei” (‘teacher’ in Japanese), Sensei Chip defines his success by the growth and the accomplishments of his students, in the dojo and, more important than that, in their daily lives.
Christina started training with Austin Shotokan Karate Academy as a beginner in 2013, fulfilling a life-long dream to study martial arts. It didn’t take long for us at the dojo to realize she not only had a deep passion for training itself but also teaching others. In 2014, Christina began helping teach kids in beginners classes and has excelled in teaching all ranks and ages over the last few years. Training and sharing her passion and love of karate with others is truly a calling for her.
Christina has become a leader in our dojo through her dedication to excellence in traditional karate and our dojo community. Not only is she constantly training and studying for her own growth, but also serves as a constant support to all of our students through their karate journey. She regularly represents our dojo with pride as an award winning competitor at tournaments, as a student in the international martial arts community, and as a member in good standing with the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society. Christina is currently a brown belt and is training hard to test for her black belt soon.
When not at the dojo, Christina enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her kids, one of whom is a student at the academy.