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Koré Grate (Shifu/Sensei)

Koré Grate (Shifu/Sensei) is the Founder, Executive Director, and Head Instructor of Five Element Martial Arts & Healing Center in Minneapolis, MN.   Shifu/Sensei Koré has been training in martial arts since she was 16. She was inducted into the AWMAI Hall of Fame in 2012 for 40 years of teaching and training and this year (2023) was inducted for 50 years! She served as the Executive Director of the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors from 2013 to 2023. Supporting what she believes in, she is a founding board member of PAWMA, served as PAWMA Vice-President, created and served as a PAWMA Elder Counsel, she received the PAWMA Martial Artist of the Year in 2005 and the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.   From 1994-1996, Koré served as Chair for NWMAF (National Womens Martial Arts Federation) and is one of the founding mothers of the ARC Council (Anti-Racism Council/All Races Count). She is on the Keiko Fukuda Foundation Board of Directors as a link to AWMAI, NWMAF, and PAWMA.   With deep gratitude for her teachers- Koré is a branch of Zhi Dao Guan - Grandmaster Alex Feng, Midwest Manager for Master Su Zi Fang, and Branch Manager of Jian Mei -Grandmaster Wen Mei Yu. She trained in Naginata with the late Miyako Tanaka Sensei and trains in Nishio Ruy Aikitoho Iaido under Koji Yoshida Shihan and Michelle Benzamin-Miki Sensei. To further deepen her roots in the arts, she traveled to China three times and trained with Professor Wang Pei Kun and his International Wu Shu Team.   The late great Professor Coleen Gragen of Hand to Hand Kajukenbo in Oakland will always be one of her heroes and inspiration to "Stay True to the Path-Never let anyone or anything stop you from training” and ultimately “It’s all about LOVE”.
  • Eighth Degree Black Belt in WU CHIEN PAI (founded in 1973 by Dr. Alexander Feng)=Traditional Judo, Jujitsu, Gong-fu, Taiji, Qigong, Healing & Meditation
  • Two Second Degree Black Belts in Nishio Ryu Iaido and Sosho Ryu Iaido (Traditional Japanese Sword)
  • Branch Manager for Jian Mei Internal Arts under Grandmaster Wen Mei Yu
  • Midwest Manager for Master Su Zifang
  • Executive Director of the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors 2013-2023
  • NWMAF Certified Self-Defense Instructor Keiko Fukuda Judo Foundation Board of Directors
  • LIFETIME member and supporter of AWMAI, PAWMA NWMAF
  • Former President of the Braemar Women’s Golf Club 2019-2021
  • Founder & Executive Director and Head Instructor of the Five Element Martial Arts and Healing Center (FEMA) formerly Feminist Eclectic Martial Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota founded in 1989 then established in 1994 as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The first Branch of FEMA is in Jerusalem, Israel under Shijie Sarah Gordon-Lavine.

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