Adamson Family

As you may have noticed, there are many Adamson’s Karate Studios around Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. The Adamson's have a large family and a deep rooted history in the Indianapolis area! Founders, Doug and Janice Adamson opened the first studio nearly 40 years ago! Under the direction of Hanshi Doug Adamson and Shihan Janice Adamson, the Adamson's four sons, along with their wives, run various studios throughout the Indianapolis area. In addition to their sons and daughter-in-laws operating the studios, the Adamson's have nine grandchildren, all of whom love karate. In fact, all but two of their grandchildren are already black belts, and each of them can be found studying at the various dojos throughout the week. The Adamson family LOVES the art of karate and that is the main reason why they are the largest and most successful martial arts school in all of Indiana. While our program has produced serveral instructors within our family, the Adamson's' karate studios have also trained many high-level instructors who have, over the last 40 years, become part of our extended karate family. The instructors are highly qualified on their own merit, and we are extremely privileged to have them work with us toward the goal of sharing what true martial arts is all about.

Our program is not at all just about our own family. Over the past 40 years we have also trained many “non-family” high level instructors. They are incredibly qualified on their own merit and we are privileged to have them work with us toward the goal of sharing what true martial arts is all about.

Hanshi Doug Adamson

Hanshi Douglas Adamson


The International Style Head for Shorei Kai Karate is Douglas Adamson, a 10th degree Black Belt, who was appointed Style Head in 2002 by Master Herb Johnson (Shorei Goju Ryu Karate) with the agreement of Master Glenn Keeney (Goju Ryu Karate), Master Eddie Bethea (Shorinkan Karate), and Master Robert Bowles (Shuri-Ryu Karate).

In Karate competition he was rated by Karate Illustrated magazine and competed literally all over the country. During that career he won or placed in numerous national tournaments. He also fought in full contact PKA matches, never lost, and had several of his fights televised on ESPN.

Hanshi Adamson was an Associate Professor and taught accredited Karate and self-defense classes at IUPUI for Indiana University for over 20 years. He was the Amateur Athletic Union’s Indiana Chairman from 1982 until the position was dissolved in 2000. He was a member of the National Coach’s Selection Committee during that same time and was the Head Coach for the U.S. at the World Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2001.

He studied Iaido Japanese Sword for two years. He went on to earn a teacher's certificate in Pekiti Tirsia Filipino sword through Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje. He also had the honor of becoming a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Yamani Chinen Ryu Okinawan weapons with Shihan Kiyoshi Nishime.

Hanshi Douglas Adamson is the founder of Adamson’s Karate Studios and is joined by his wife, 4 sons, 3 daughter-in-laws, and (so far) 7 grandchildren who are all Black Belts. They range from Master level instructors to Junior Black Belts and they join numerous staff, whom have been part of our organization for many years, and make AKS what it is today.

Shihan Janice Adamson


Shihan Janice Adamson started her Martial Arts Career in 1972. Her first instructor was “Superfoot” Bill Wallace. She was also trained by her husband Hanshi Douglas Adamson and several other famous instructors. She was always known as a fierce competitor and a great athlete having won the PKC State champion title multiple times. Her sons are known for saying that she had many trophies that were taller than they were. At the age of 50 years old she competed at the AAU Karate Nationals and won the Gold medal in in her division. She said later that she only did this as an example to her family that you can accomplish anything with hard work and courage.

What I love most about teaching Karate are the relationships formed! I just love to watch a student grow into themselves from hard work and dedication. It is always my goal to instruct my best. If I can make a student perform better than I can myself, then I know that I have truly instructed them.

Shihan Janice Adamson

7th Degree Black Belt and Senior Student Shorei Kai

Shihan Paul Adamson


Shihan Paul Adamson is a 6th degree black belt and has been studying and teaching martial arts most of his life. He has been teaching traditional Okinawan Karate in Zionsville for 15 years. One year Paul won first place in all 4 of the major tournaments of that time. USKA,PKC, AKA, and AAU. Paul has spent a lot of time traveling all across the globe to train with martial artists from different styles finding the common principals among them that work. His biggest influences are Okinawan Karate, Kobudo, Pekiti-tirsia Kali and Russian Systema. He also has a background in traditional Chinese Martial Arts. Shihan Paul is also a fan of premium Chinese teas and runs a small tea store called Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.

Two things my students hear him say a lot, “Wherever you are... BE THERE" and "Nobody has a right to rearrange your face!”

6th Dan: Shorei Karate Do
1st Dan: Yamanni-Chinen Ryu

Sensei Jasmine Adamson


Sensei Jasmine Adamson is a Second Degree Black Belt. She grew up in her native Taiwan studying traditional Chinese dance and that helped her Martial arts studies quite a bit. She can often be seen smiling at the front desk of our Zionsville location.

Shihan Peter Adamson


Shihan Peter Adamson started training Karate in 1977, at the age of five years old. Throughout his youth he was very successful in “all style” competitions. At one point he held the top placing in the top 4 organizations of that day: the USKA, PKC, AKA, and AAU. Shihan Peter began teaching in 1988. He is now the senior instructor of the Avon location.

I think we all reach a point in life where we want to see some change in the world. Although I attended Indiana University Bloomington and served in the Indiana National Guard, I always knew my unique special skill set, is based in Classical Martial Arts. I decided this was truly my place to start changing our world, one class at a time.

Shihan Peter

6th Dan: Shorei Kai
3rd Dan: Shorei Gojo Ryu
3rd Dan: Yamanni-Chinen Ryu

Shihan Ryan Adamson


35 years ago Shihan Ryan Adamson began his Karate training. In that time he has studied Shorei Goju Ryu Karate, Yamanni-Chinen Ryu Weaponry, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan, and of course Shorei Kai Karate. At age 30 he became a member of the United States Karate Team that competed at the World Karate Championships in Serbia in 2005. In April of 2010 he was certified to teach T’ai Chi Ch’uan and was given the title “Sifu” (Teacher) By William C.C. Chen. In the 20 years that he has been teaching Karate professionally he has trained hundreds of Black Belts and had students that achieved first place in both National and International Competitions.

Loyalty, and dedication to my martial arts studies, and to the students I teach is what is most important to me. I enjoy working hard, and helping my students become the best they can be.

Shihan Ryan Adamson

5th Degree: Shorei Karate Do
2nd Degree: Yamanni-Chinen Ryu

Shihan John Adamson


Shihan John Adamson was born the year that Adamson's karate was established. 38 years later he has grown up in the martial arts industry. Along with his family he has dedicated his life to the study of the martial arts. As a coach for the USA karate team, he loves to travel the world learning and experiencing the martial arts. He uses these found skills to make Adamson’s Karate the best it can be. Shihan John toes the line between a fun and disciplined class. After teaching for over 23 years and over 25,000 karate classes in his career, we think he has struck a great balance. Shihan John Adamson teaches at our Carmel, and Noblesville locations.

My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the confidence of my students light up when they develop an ability they never knew they could have. Shihan John Adamson

5th Dan: Shorei Kai Karate
2nd Dan: Yamanni-Chinen Ryu Weaponry

Sensei Heather Adamson


Sensei Heather Adamson started her study of Karate in January 1994 and received her Black Belt in December 1996. She competed with the AAU/USA National Karate team in 1998 and was invited to be on the team again in 2011 after taking time off to become a mother of three. Now a 4th Degree Black Belt in Shorei Kai karate and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Yamanni-Chinen Ryu weapons she assists with our Carmel and Noblesville Competition teams and leads the Preschool program for both of those locations as well.

This verse from the bible helps me keep things in perspective.

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:8