About Jesse


I’m Jesse Enkamp – The Karate Nerd™, #1 Amazon.com best-selling author, international educator, athlete, entrepreneur, carrot cake connoisseur and founder of Seishin International.

My story starts in the dojo.

Growing up, my parents operated a martial arts training center, where me and my younger brother would spend our days experiencing a variety of armed and unarmed fighting methods.

This early exposure provided me with an appreciation and respect for all martial arts – for which I am eternally grateful.

After graduating high school, I was looking for a challenge in life. So I decided to move to Okinawa (the birthplace of Karate) to study Japanese language & culture at university while exploring the roots of Karate first-hand.

During this time, I wrote down my observations. Eventually, these notes turned into a blog – which gradually grew into KARATEbyJesse.com – connecting passionate Karate practitioners worldwide in the pursuit of knowledge.

I left Japan in 2009, but I’ve returned over a dozen times for research & training.

When I came home, my travels continued as I was finally selected for the national team (after failing the tryouts four years in a row). Competing internationally at WKF Premier League, European & World Championships for many years provided me with unforgettable memories and experiences.

Today I travel the world on a regular basis to expand my knowledge base. I strive to learn from experts in all fields of Karate, and then share my insights in books, videos and unique seminars. I also grow Seishin International – the world’s leading Karate lifestyle brand – which was founded entirely through crowdfunding & crowdsourcing.

My mission is to unite the Karate world by bridging the gap between the old and the new – without stylistic limitations, political agenda or dojo dogma.

I believe the future of Karate lies in embracing the “Karate Nerd” mindset, which you can learn more about in my free 7-Day Karate Nerd Email Guide.

If you have any questions about my work, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for reading & welcome again! 🙂


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