Renshi Lennis Darby
Renshi Lennis Darby is a 5th degree black belt (Godan). He has been involved in Karate for 32 years, beginning in 1983 at the age of 14. Renshi's original involvement in karate was learning basic techniques and sparring with schoolmates, some of whom studied formally, in a backyard or open field. For his 15th birthday - December of 1983 - he requested formal lessons. He enrolled in a Yoshukai Karate class under the direction of Sensei Mike Culbreth and has been involved in the art since. Renshi studied under Sensei Culbreth for twelve years, until March of 1995. Renshi earned his Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in January of 1987. At the request of Master Culbreth he taught his first class in December of 1986, a month prior to becoming Yudansha. In March of 1987 Master Yuki Koda formally presented Renshi with his black belt and, even though still a high school student, he began teaching several times each week for Sensei Culbreth (now Hu-Kaicho of World Yoshukai).
In 1990 Renshi Darby opened his first dojo (training hall) in Troy, Alabama. A year later he opened his second school in Enterprise, Alabama. Renshi taught as a Yoshukai instructor until March of 1995, having up to seven dojos, many students of Yudansha (black belt level), and hundreds of students. In 1995 political strife and in-fighting among several instructors of Yoshukai led Renshi to create MojuKai. In 1997 Renshi accepted a position with the Enterprise Police Department, which necessitated closing his commercial schools. However, he continued practicing while teaching family, close friends and former students until the opportunity arose to re-open his public classes.
Renshi Darby has won a number of competitions and awards during his time in Karate, including two Gold Medals in the State Olympics - which led to an invitation to tryout for the U.S. Olympic team going to the Seoul, Korea Olympics. He has had the honor of teaching for Grandmaster Katsuoh Yamamoto, founder of Yoshukai Karate-Kobudo and receiving special accolades from him for his teaching abilities. Renshi also had the honor of receiving his Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) directly from Grandmaster Yamamoto and winning two different major competitions in the presence of the Yoshukai founder.
Renshi Darby holds a Bachelor's Degree in General Psychology and a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology. He uses the knowledge gained from his studies to the advantage of MojuKai gakusei (students). Renshi understands that all people have different learning styles, capabilities and limitations. He takes care to emphasize their strong points while improving their deficiencies. Renshi believes that by making the mind of the student stronger, their physical skills will naturally follow. He has emphasized this in the Guiding Principle of MojuKai, which is Kenkyo-sa Kara Yushu "Excellence from Humility".
Sensei-dai Stacey Darby
Sensei-dai Darby began studying Yoshukai Karate in 1989 under the instruction of Renshi Darby, who at that time was merely Yudansha, and Sensei Mike Culbreth, who is now Hu-Kaicho of World Yoshukai. Sensei-dai began assisting with instruction in June of 1990 when Renshi opened his first dojo in Troy, Alabama.
In August of 1990 Sensei-dai Darby created a controversy by competing in weapons competition as a yellow belt, which before that time had not been done, in a Fort Worth, Texas tournament and winning. This created some animosity among more advanced students, but was declared acceptable by Master Yuki Koda due to her exceptional performance. Sensei-dai had many successful competitions prior to beginning her family with Renshi. Sensei-dai was awarded her Shodan "First Degree Black Belt" in March of 1995 when MojuKai was created.
Sensei-dai Darby is a Registered Nurse specializing in emergency medicine. She has been nationally certified as a fitness personal trainer and in aerobic instruction. Her primary interests in karate are in sharing the benefits of kata, both empty-hand and kobudo, and in bringing more women into the martial arts.