Sensei Sara-Rivka Yekutiel, 6th Dan

Instructor of TOGKF Israel

Sensei Sara started with Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate in November of 1974 in USA and received her Shodan in June of 1977. She trained with Chuck Merriman Sensei, Teruo Chinen Sensei and many others.

In 1996 she moved to Jerusalem, Israel, where she lives till today. In 2003 she began training with Leon (Yehuda) Pantowitz in Netanya. Sensei Sara also began traveling extensively to train with Higaonna Sensei and other senior instructors of the organization.
In February 2018 Sensei Sara was graded to 6th Dan directly under Higaonna Morio Sensei
during the Gasshuku in Okinawa.

As a young martial artist Sensei Sara competed in many tournaments, both public and
private and amassed over 100 medals and trophies. In 2004 she became a certified Karate

She is very active and supportive of women in Martial Arts and she is a founding member of
National Women’s Martial Arts Federation. She says that most of all she is a teacher. She
taught men, women, children, teenagers, blind and deaf people, senior citizens, people with mental, physical and developmental challenges, survivors of sex crimes and youth at risk.

“My biggest accomplishments aren’t medals, trophies or degrees. They are the students
who come back, sometimes years after a self-defense course, to tell me that they
successfully fought off an attacker; getting a wedding invitation from an abuse survivor who
was afraid to get married until she took my classes; hearing a little orange belt tell about how he stood up to the class bully, and then made friends with him.”

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