Erik Malone is the leader of the Peninsula San Diego dojo. He has been practicing since 1995 when he started his journey at the Carnegie Mellon dojo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under instructors Mark Ciancutti and Bruce Schmidt. After traveling to Portland, Oregon for a few years he finally moved down to San Diego in 2004 and began leading the Peninsula dojo shortly afterwards.
Erik is a Sandan (3rd degree black belt) who has fought and placed in many tournaments within SKA. The highlight was when he was requested to fight for the U.S. team in France in 2014 and for the 60th anniversary in 2016.
Jeff O’Steen is the dojo Manager of the Peninsula San Diego dojo. He has been practicing since 1993 when he started his journey at the Peninsula dojo in San Diego California under instructor Lisa McQuade.
Jeff is a Shodan, and dojo manager for the last fifteen years.
Brian Sanders is an instructor of the Peninsula San Diego dojo. He began his training in Shotokan karate in 1996, under Professor Sara Grimes at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After graduation, Brian studied Uechi-ryū under Sensei Walter Mattson in Framingham, Massachusetts. In 2014, Brian moved to San Diego, resuming his Shotokan training in 2015, and earning the rank of Shodan from SKA in 2018.
Lisa McQuade is the founder of the Peninsula San Diego dojo. She began training at Cornell University in 1981, moved to California, trained with Greg Scott at Garden grove dojo for 4 more years. She moved to San Diego in 1989 and established Peninsula Dojo while living in Pt. Loma, and ran the dojo for the first 8 years. Moved to Georgia in 1999 permanently and started teaching Shotokan Karate at the College of Coastal Georgia, established Golden Isles Shotokan Karate, led for 9 years. She is a Nidan with 19 Special Trainings. Moved to Charleston in 2009. Currently taking a break from running a dojo, but looking to start one up again soon. Currently, Adjunct Faculty at the College of Charleston teaching courses in Yoga and Sport & Exercise Psychology.