Our Teachers (Senseis)
Shihan Greg Reid, 8th Dan
Shihan (master) Greg Reid is the founder and Chief Instructor of CASK. Click here to read his full bio.
Sensei James (Jimi) Crooks, 5th Dan
Sensei Jimi Crooks, an executive member of the Cayman Martial Arts Association, is a Godan (5th-degree blackbelt) in Wado, Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in Kyokushin Kai, Yondan (4th -degree blackbelt) in Tae Kwon Do and Sandan (3rd-degree blackbelt) in Seido Karate.
Born in 1956 in Jamaica, West Indies, Sensei Crooks was first introduced to karate by his nephew in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 13.
On his return to Jamaica, and after several unsuccessful attempts, because of his age, at joining a karate school, he finally ended up at the local YMCA studying Kyo Kushin Kai Kan.
He was awarded the rank of Shodan (first-degree black belt) in Seido Juku Karate in 1974 by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura and the late Shihan William Oliver.
Having competed and winning in numerous tournaments in both kata and kumite, he became recognized primarily for his tamishiwari abilities, particularly head breaks.
Crooks sensei taught karate at the Jamaica Defence Force military camp, producing several blackbelts. He also established a dojo at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
In 1986 he moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands and started the only martial arts school on the Islands – teaching both civilian and members of the police force.
In 1992 he established the first Seido Karate dojo in Houston, Texas. The dojo was started primarily for adults but quickly expanded to include children.
On his return to the Cayman Islands, after a five-year hiatus, he resumed training at local dojos and now studies under the tutorage of Saiko Shihan Greg Reid.
Sensei Pedro Reis, 3rd Dan
Pedro Reis was born in Portugal and trained in Shotokan Karate under the legendary Sensei Enoeda throughout the early part of his life. He took a break from training while in university and has resumed his study in the Cayman Islands at CASK Karate. He is married and has two children, his wife is also a black belt with CASK. Pedro works in the financial industry.
Sensei Patricia Rutkowski, 2nd Dan
Sensei Patricia is from the Cayman Islands. Her husband and two children train with CASK as well. She was one of the first women at CASK to earn her first degree black belt in 2012 and the first woman to be awarded the title of Sensei. She instructs the CASK Youth Program. She was awarded her 2nd degree black belt in 2014.