Our Instructors & Staff Members

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Karate and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.

Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.

Here are a few of Maryland Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu Karate's instructors and other staff members, starting with John Dailey:

John Dailey  (4th Dan)  Send E-mail to John Dailey
Mr. Dailey holds a 4th Dan in Shorin Ryu karate certified by the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Association and the North American Beikuko Shido-kan Association. He is a student of Seikichi Iha, Hanshi; the highest ranked Okinawan master living in the United States. John began his study of karate over 25 years ago while living in Spain where he studied the Shoto-kai style under Suichi Saito who taught karate in the traditional Japanese manner. Under Saito Sensei John also began his study of traditional Japanese weapons, and has since learned the nunchaku, bo and kama. John is a member of the North American Beikoku Shido-kan Association and he is the head instructor of the Maryland Shido-kan Shorin Ryu dojo.

John Dailey, Head Instructor
Erika Dailey  (2nd Dan)  Send E-mail to Erika Dailey
Erika began studying martial arts when she was 6 years old. Over the course of her training she has had the unique opportunity to train in both a traditional style karate as well as in competitive style. Erika is the current US NAVAL Acadamy Karate Coach. Also, Currently, Erika holds a Ni-dan (2nd Dan) blackbelt in Shido-kan Shorin Ryu karate certified by the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Shido-kan headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, as well as a 1st Dan blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do (World TKD Federation). Erika also has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu.

Competitively, Erika placed first in her division at the Maryland State TKD Championships for both forms and sparring every year she competed: 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. In addition, she was a bronze medalist in sparring at the 2000 National TKD Junior Olympics in San Antonio, Texas.

Erika is a natural instructor and the other students appreciate and benefit from her combination of insight, skill, and humility.

Iha Sensei and Erika
Isaiah Moten
Isaiah Moten has been studying karate for 9 years. He has taken on a leadership role from a very early age, and began assisting over 4 years ago. Isaiah was promoted to 1st Dan in 2014, making him the first black belt at Cornerstone. Not only is he a great role model, but an excellent instructor!

For more information about the Maryland Shido-Kan Shorin Ryu Karate staff or training programs, please contact us at 410-562-1431 or by clicking here.