Julio Cesar Hernandez is a long time student as well as an Instructor at Goju Karate Center. Julio was a member of Sensei Paul’s competition team at a young age, along with his son Jori and numerous other exceptional students.
He is a proud leader in Sensei Michelle’s G.O.L.D. Team alongside Sensei Noah. Julio has performed in numerous public events with the Dojo, including demonstrations at Carlsbad High School, Mission San Luis Rey, La Costa Canyon, El Camino High School, Magnolia Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary and many more. The latest demonstration included an exhibition from the G.O.L.D. team and the entire Dojo at the San Diego County Fair in June 2015.
Julio is a native of Carlsbad, California and started karate at the age of four with Sensei Paul. Upon achieving a gold medal in his very first tournament in kumite, Julio was hooked and has loved karate and all its components ever since. Through karate, he has also developed a love for physical activities and participated in numerous sports such as football and basketball. He has more recently dabbled in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu and boxing. He is drawn to all of Karate’s physical training and philosophy.
In 2002, at the age of twelve, Julio earned his Junior Black Belt. In 2012, Julio was invited by Sensei Paul and Sensei Michelle to resume training and enroll in their Instructor training program. Julio has since been instructing classes at the Dojo. In August of 2014, Julio tested for and earned his Adult Shodan. He tested in front of his beloved family, friends, fellow practitioners, and his Sensei since childhood, Paul Enfield. This is easily his most treasured accomplishment.
When asked about instructing: “I knew I’d like teaching students when they asked me about coming back and instructing. What I never imagined was how much I would end up loving every bit of it. Now, I can’t see myself doing anything else with nearly as much joy and anticipation. There’s nothing like it! I find myself thinking about my students and their accomplishments on a daily basis. Yes, that’s where I belong.”
Julio has studied Psychology at both Mira Costa College and Palomar Community College. He plans to return to further his studies in Psychology as well as take classes in Kinesiology and Japanese.