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Sensei Troy Hirschkorn

Troy Hirschkorn, owner and head instructor at Southeast Karate, has 28 years of experience practicing traditional Japanese karate.  Sensei Troy is a 13 year veteran on the USA National Karate Team and a 7 year veteran of the Jr. National Team which is the only organization that is sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee.  He is a seasoned expert as a 4th degree black belt, and has competed and medaled at several elite international competitions including Pan American Championships, Worlds, North American Championships, the US open, and Nationals many times over.

Sensei Troy has over 15 years of experience teaching martial arts in various settings.  He is currently on staff at the Caine Halter YMCA, and prior to opening his own karate school spent four years teaching in and developing the after-school karate programs at the YMCA.  


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Sensei Bekah Benham

Southeast Karate welcomes Sensei Bekah Benham to the YMCA program staff.  Sensei Bekah has a BA in kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training; she is also an ACE certified personal trainer. Sensei Bekah is first degree black belt in karate and has been training for over 12 years. With 5 years of experience as a US national team member, she has competed in international tournaments and medaled several times over on the national level.

Sensei Bekah is a seasoned instructor in her own right, with 10 years of teaching experience in karate including experience teaching students with special needs.  She, too, is on staff at the Caine Halter YMCA as a personal trainer, and has several years of previous experience teaching karate in the YMCA after-school programs.


Sempai Zach Hirschkorn

Sempai Zach Hirschkorn is the youngest member of the Southeast Karate team.  With just two years of training and competing, he shows immense propensity for the sport and art of karate.  Sempai Zach has over a year of experience teaching with Southeast Karate, and a clear way with children.  He is playful, tenderhearted, and naturally skilled at building relationships with students.  

When he's not teaching, you can find Sempai Zach at Home Depot where he works part-time, or working out and training for competition. 

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Brittany Bacon

Miss Brittany is Southeast Karate's Office Manager and co-owner. She is responsible for all of the dojo's administration and communication; she makes sure that things run as smoothly as possible.  When she is not at Southeast Karate, Miss Brittany has the pleasure of serving the community as the Youth & Family Services Program Director at the Eastside branch of the YMCA of Greenville. You are likely to see her supporting the programs at the YMCA, assisting the instructors, and interacting with students and parents.  

Miss Brittany has an MA in psychology, a BA in philosophy and over 15 years of experience working with children and families in educational, clinical, and wellness settings.