Sensei Steve Rooke began the study of UechiRyu Karate in October 1999. After meeting Master Manuel deSa, he was quickly impressed with how the style of Uechi Ryu focuses intently on the body, the spirit and the mind, bringing the training of all three areas together as one. With continue training through the years Sensei Steve has acquired a passion for the arts and progressed quickly through the ranks, currently holding the rank of Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) and Shihan (Master Instructor) certificates. Having gained an excellent knowledge of Uechi Ryu Karate, through regular training with his Sensei as well as extensive training with visiting master instructors and visits to workshops throughout the world, Sensei Steve is able to bring this excellence to his students. In June 2009, Sensei Steve was accepted as a member of the Uechi Ryu Karate Do Kenyukai Association of North America.
Through many years of training in Karate, Sensei Steve has also found a passion in the Art of Kobudo, traditional martial arts for weapons. Sensei Steve began his Kobudo training in 2002, then in 2013, his Sensei found a new Kobudo teacher, Kinjo Masakazu, and has continued his training with the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozonkai Association. In July 2019, Sensei Steve was tested and received Nidan (Second Degree Black Belt) while on a trip to Okinawa.
Along with extensive training in other sports programs he brings much experience in teaching children at all age levels.