“Kobukan” translates to Hall of the Ancient Warrior which is a tribute to the old warrior code of conduct followed in days past: Honor, Loyalty and Integrity. Our logo is a K in a circle, meaning the hall is the center of our attention. Turned on its side, it has dual meaning showing a) a tied black belt, the goal of martial training and b) a road to the sunset of success and achievement.

Kobukan Martial Arts was established by Ron Manes in 2008 in Virginia Beach to offer further Advanced Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction to students participating in other programs offered by Mr. Ron. It was relocated to Norfolk Ward’s Corner area in 2011 and then moved to the Five Points area in 2012. In 2016, it was moved again to its current location in the East Beach area.



Ron Manes
Ron ManesOwner & Head Instructor
Ron began his martial arts career at 4 years old and has currently achieved a rank of 8th Degree Black belt in Karate and also holds the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has operated several martial arts schools over the last 15 years and has recently relocated his home academy to the East Beach area in Norfolk. As a retired former Navy EOD combat veteran he has been active in Peer Mentoring with the local Veterans Affairs clinics and promoting wellness through martial arts for those suffering from traumas such as PTSD and TBI.
Jenn Harper
Jenn HarperInstructor
Jenn started her children in Karate classes with Ron in 2011 shortly before starting her own path in Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As a constant attendee to the academy she was asked to help with intake of new students which eventually lead to her being asked to assume the roll as Office Manager.
Garry Nichols
Garry NicholsInstructor
Garry Nichols, Jr started the adult Karate program with Mr. Ron in 2007 after seeing how well his daughter was doing in her classes. He progressed to Green belt in Roku Goryu Karate and then began his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey in which he now holds the rank of Purple Belt with 4 stripes. He is a certified instructor to teach the Wu Pass Muay Thai fighting method of Kickboxing/MMA and is currently a coach for the Saturday Kickboxing classes at Kobukan.
Connor Bell
Connor BellInstructor
Connor Bell has studied martial arts under Mr. Ron Manes since 2005 and achieved the rank of First-Degree Black Belt in 2011. His father, Troy Bell, also joined martial arts with him where they both study karate and jiu jitsu. Connor Bell studies two styles of karate, Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu and Roku Goryu. He earned the rank of Third-Degree Black Belt in Roku Goryu and Second-Degree Black Belt in Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu in August of 2016. He also studies Brazilian jiu jitsu where he currently holds the rank of Brown Belt. He currently teaches classes at Kobukan on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Troy Bell
Troy BellInstructor
Troy entered the Navy in 1984 and was stationed in Norfolk, VA and has been here ever since. After the Navy, Troy married his wife Amy and they have three children. Troy brought his son Connor to KobuKan Martial Arts for karate discipline in 2005. After seeing his son having all the fun, Troy went from karate dad to karate student and began training in Roku Goryu and Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu system under Sensei Ron Manes. He currently holds the rank of Third degree Black Belt. He also holds a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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