Shawn is the owner of the Atlanta Budokan. He joined the school in 1991 and took over the school from his instructor in 2003. Shawn is a 4th degree black belt in Aikijujustsu /Aikido and a senior instructor in Shinkendo (Japanese Swordsmanship) under the direct tutelage of Toshishiro Obata. He also holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt in Kyokushin style karate under Sensei Mel and Cindy Williams. He has trained Alliance Jiujitsu since 2008 having trained directly with Romero "Jacare" Cavalcante, Alliance founder. Shawn is a certified Alliance Jiujitsu instructor for both Adults and Kids and has achieved the rank of brown belt.
Shawn graduated from Cal State Fullerton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology & Physical Education. While at CSUF he played football and worked as a grad assistant coach upon graduation.
Shawn has been married to Stacey Forristall since 1994 and has four children.
Head of the School and Senior Aiki, Senior Shinkendo, BJJ, Kids BJJ, Kids Aiki and Self Defense Instructor