About Jesse


My name is Jesse Enkamp – a.k.a “The Karate Nerd”, #1 Amazon.com best-selling author, entrepreneur, globetrotter, life-lover, athlete, educator, carrot cake connoisseur and founder of Seishin International.

My story starts in the dojo.

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

This early exposure provided me with knowledge and respect for all martial arts.

After graduating high school, I was looking for a challenge in life. I moved to Okinawa, to explore the birthplace of Karate and study Japanese language & culture at Okinawa University.

During this time, I started to blog. The result was KARATEbyJesse.com – an online platform that educates and connects passionate Karate Nerds worldwide.

Today, a decade later, it’s the most popular Karate blog in the world.

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

When I came home, I was selected for the national team (after failing 4 times earlier). Competing internationally at The Premier League, European & World Championships for years provided me with unforgettable memories, friends and experiences.

Today I travel the world on a regular basis to teach, compete and research all styles of Karate. I share my discoveries in articlesbooks, videos and seminars.

I also launched 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 helping people master themselves through Karate, 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 today.

Welcome again! 🙂


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