Sanshinkai Karate was developed by Jan Wellendorf, a martial arts instructor, author, business manager, tournament competitor and 10th Degree Black Belt. He began his martial arts study in 1963. He studied Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Okinawan Karate. He is the retired president of the Karate International organization. Mr. Wellendorf designate Rob Olevsky, 10th Degree Black Belt as the Grandmaster of the Karate International organization. Mr. Wade Houston of KI Apex is a 7th Degree Black Belt under Mr. Olevsky.
Out of his training grew Sanshinkai Karate. Sanshinkai means the "three power society," the three powers of mind, body and spirit. Sanshinkai is an art that teaches a student balance of self. One should strive to develop the body so that it can do the bidding of the mind. One should develop the mind to see what is correct and needed. One should develop the spirit so that it may move the other two forces into action.
The heart of Sanshinkai is the belief that all great techniques contain a balance of mental, physical, and spiritual forces. Each of these forces has three parts, which progress the technique to higher levels of speed, power and timing.
The Sanshinkai student is also introduced to abstract training methods rarely found outside the Orient. These have been carefully Westernized to aid the student in understanding and balancing the three powers for the perfection of his or her technique and for the elevation of his or her own potential.
Mr. Olevsky has continued his teacher's work by using his teachings to build Karate International's flagship dojo in Raleigh, NC. Mr. Olevsky continued M.r Wellendorf's philosophy of "keeping the best" and to "diversify your martial arts knowledge". These teachings helped Mr. Olevsky develop his own training by earning Black Belts in Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, and Kendo. Many of Mr. Olevsky's Black Belt students, including Mr. Houston, follow his example and cross- train in more than one martial art. On occasion, a student may catch Mr. Olevsky in a moment of reflection in his dojo and ask him why he's smiling. He will usually respond by telling them, "I'm proud of what I see" as he is looking out at a staff of over 70 active Black Belts, several hundred students, and 5 certified martial arts programs.