In 1996, as a Marine Corps officer assigned to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, Sensei Jesse happened upon Sensei Paul Enfield’s dojo in Carlsbad and began working toward achieving his Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate. At the end of his Marine Corps obligations, he moved back to Washington state, his childhood home, and settled in Kent with his wife Kirstin, and their (then) small children. Before leaving for Washington, he was invited by Sensei Paul, owner and chief instructor of Goju Karate Center in Carlsbad, to open a branch dojo, which he did in March of 2000. Sensei Jesse loves teaching karate and helping people grow both physically and mentally through training at the dojo. Karate has changed his life for the better and he’s grateful for the opportunity to make it a positive influence in the lives of his students and their families.