About Mike Tope Karate


Sensei Mike Tope teaches a style of Shotokan Karate – Mike White GiKyokushin-  through ACTIVSTARS Karate.  Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and training.  For the latest information, please visit the News section.

Mike Tope’s classes meet in:

  • Independence, MO at  Cornerstone Community of Christ. (Mondays 5:45 – 9:15 PM)
    Cornerstone Community of Christ Church is located at 1316 S Osage St (1/2 block S of Southside Ave) Independence, MO 64055
  • South Kansas City at Johnson Elementary starting on January 25, 2018.  Johnson is located at 10900 Marsh Kansas City, MO 64134.  Note: We will use the front entrance to the school.  From 107th Street, turn South on Marsh.  School will e on your right.  Enter through front doors. (Thursdays 6:30 – 9:00 PM, doors open at 6:20 PM)

Classes meet weekly and provide focused instruction from:

  • Avoiding ‘stranger danger’
  • Anti-Bullying school strategies
  • Skills and technique from beginning through advanced Shotokan karate – Kaiyou Shin Kai.
  • Judo and jiu-jitsu self defense techniques
  • Weapons katas based off of wu-shu (kung fu) martial arts

Sensei Mike Tope is a Black Belt in Shindo-Ryu with over 20 years experience in Martial Arts.  Mike Tope also recently retired from the Missouri public school system and can provide real world help, instruction and coaching on dealing with bullies, school trouble and staying safe in school.

Please find your relevant information from the top links or the right side of the page.

You may also find a very old video of Sensei Mike Tope in tournament with his brother.  They are competing in Matsubyashi Ryu Shorin-Ryu, a form of to Shorin-Ryu.  Both Shorin-Ryu and Kyokushin have similar lineage and techniques.

Belt Rank Curriculum for Sensei Mike Tope’s Karate – approved by ACTIVSTARS Karate.  To view your student’s curriculum, click on the appropriate belt rank listed below.  Note: Students should purchase the Karate Workbook.  It is a reference for the techniques they will learn.  It is essentially their karate bible.  See the class secretary for details.