Champion Eyes is committed to inspiring and empowering you to reach your full potential.
Our focus is on bringing you the best martial arts lessons in San Diego, and giving you the tools you need to practice self-defense, maintain great health, and become the best version of yourself. Champion Eyes has earned the reputation not only in Oceanside and North County San Diego, but as far as Los Angeles and abroad, of being the top martial arts school for enriching students’ lives and equipping them with valuable skills to face life with a winning edge. Many people believe that martial arts are about fighting; but our programs offer much, much more. When you train in our martial arts classes you work with some of the most accomplished instructors and take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.
When I was a child, I began my martial arts journey and the positive impact it had on my life was remarkable. It was always my dream to someday open my own school and pass on the skills, knowledge, and inspiration the martial arts has given to me.
Now, I proudly serve the Oceanside community and feel an overwhelming sense of pride and humility when I see our students grow into happier, healthier, more confident children, teens, and adults!
Sensei Greg Smith has been training at Champion Eyes for almost 9 years now. It all started with a random visit to our dojo while looking for a place for his young daughter Kaylee to train. He had visited a few other schools but fortunately, as fate would have it, found a home at Champion Eyes! It was his young daughter, after taking a free class, that told her father “Dad, I think I need this!”. Very insightful for such a young student. After witnessing the teaching style at Champion Eyes, it didn’t take long for Greg to start training under Sensei Armando. He had taken Shorin-ryu for a couple of years back in high school and always wanted to train again. He dedicated himself to train hard and ultimately achieved his first degree black belt in 2019 at the ripe age of 50! He is committed to continuing his journey testing for his first degree in Kobudo (weapons) the summer of 2021. He is now teaching classes for Champion Eyes and is continuing his journey in martial arts. It has also become a family affair, his wife Karla is a Sempai brown belt on her way to black belt!
An important part of this journey for Greg was the direct linage and relationship that Champion Eyes has with our Shorin-ryu Grand-Master Sensei Tadashi Yamashita. Sensei Yamishita is a legend in the martial arts world and has a very close relationship with Champion Eyes and our students. Everyone has their own journey and the reasons they want to learn karate. Self-defense, getting in shape, discipline, commitment, dedication, respect, confidence, etc. Sensei Greg has a passion for all of these things and has become a family member here at Champion Eyes.
Hello everyone! My name is Devin Nelson and I’m an instructor and student here at the Champion Eyes dojo. I have been attending Champion eyes for 10 years and that’s only the beginning! After recently receiving my black belt, I have grown more invested and interested into teaching the next generation of black belts. I’m still in the process of learning but I hope one day we can all learn together and achieve something new!
Devin discovered karate at the tender age of 40. She had a not-so-secret obsession with becoming a ninja, and finally found the courage to sign up for karate after enrolling her son and watching a few of his classes. She has been training with Champion Eyes for two years and has fallen head-over-heels in love with the martial arts.
When she’s not in the dojo, Devin Parr is a leading personality in the wine industry. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Devin Parr & Associates, and writes about wine for various national media outlets. She holds the coveted Diploma certification through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and was named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers. She speaks often about the remarkable similarities between the study of wine and the practice of karate, and feels deeply passionate about both disciplines.
Karla Smith is a dedicated Senpai (brown belt) that has been training at Champion Eyes for almost 6 years.
Karla is married to Sensei Greg and has one teenage daughter, who started training at Champion Eyes when she was 8 years old. Karla has dedicated herself to training a minimum of twice a week along with working a full-time job as a Paralegal. She has been able to balance her work and family life, while training to pursue her black belt in Shorin-ryu Karate.
She believes that martial arts have helped with her confidence and self-defense. She is excited to start teaching the kids and to have fun with learning a new skill.