Sensei has been training in Traditional Karate-do for over 39 years, with 35 of those years teaching karate in his own dojo (karate school). He first began his training at the Honbu Dojo in Yakima, Washington under the guidance of Hanshi Morris Mack (9th Degree). Hanshi Mack has an extensive back ground in and is one of the leaders of Traditional Martial Arts in the Pacific Northwest. Many of Hanshi Mack's students have gone on to open schools throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as other areas of the United States.In the late 1980's Sensei had the honor and a privilege to have been able to study under one of most accomplished martial artist of his time, Hanshi Walter Todd. After World War II Hanshi Todd was not only able to train with but received black belts from some of most accomplished masters of Judo, Aikido, and Karate in Tokyo, Japan. Hanshi Todd was one the first foreigner to receive a 1st Dan in Shotokan approved by Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan. Hanshi Todd was appointed as Shibu-cho (Branch Director) for Shudokan in the United States by Kanken Toyama (Founder of Shudokan Karate-do), giving him complete authority to rank students in the Toyama-ryu style of karate and direct the development of Shudokan Karate-do in America. After Toyama O'Sensei's death, his son approved Todd O'Sensei's rank of Eighth Dan.Through Hanshi Todd's instruction Sensei was able to continue his study of Shudokan as well as receive ranking in Judo and Aikido. Hanshi Todd was instrumental in helping to develop the Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai of North Carolina. Shortly before Hanshi Todd's passing he promoted Sensei to 6th Degree Black Belt and awarded him the title of Kyoshi (advanced teacher).
Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai
In continuing the legacy of Shudokan we at King School of Karate and Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai carry on the teachings of Toyama O'Sensei and Todd O'Sensei. It is our endeavor to teach those who wish to learn traditional forms of Japanese & Okinawan Karate-do and Kobudo.Other accomplishments:6th Dan Shudokan Karate-do1st Dan Doshinkan Karate-do2nd Dan Okinawa Shotokan Karate-do2nd Dan Okinawa-te Karate-KobudoNationally Ranked Karate Illustrated Magazine Region 1 Black Belt Weapons Kata 1985,Trainer of Six AAU National Champions & Jr. Olympians2017 AAU National Karate ChampionSilver Medal Kata & Kobudo, Bronze Medal Kumite,2017 Ozawa Cup International Karate TournamentGold Medal Kata, Bronze Medal Kumite,2017 AAU National Karate Judge,2008 Ozawa Cup International Karate TournamentBronze Medal Kobudo,1984, 85, 87 North Carolina AAU Karate ChampionGold Medalist Kata, Kobudo Kata and Kumite (sparring),1970’s & 80’s Numerous Wins in State Tournaments,1986-87 Chairman Karate Tar Heel State Games, Charlotte, N.C.1984-87 North Carolina AAU Karate Team Coach,1984-87 Chairman AAU Karate for the State of N.C.
Life Member USA National Karate-Do FederationClub Member - USA National Karate-Do FederationMember of the AAU-USA Karate-DoClub Member - AAU-USA Karate-DoRetired from the Department of DefenseAfghanistan Combat Veteran, Recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action BadgeLife Member Disabled American VeteransLife Member Veterans of Foreign WarsMember of Local American Legion Post 290
Red Cross: CPR & First Aid CertifiedOther Interests include:Japanese Language, Religion, & CultureScuba Diving - Certified Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver.Traveling the world and experiencing other cultures and lands.Due to back injuries sustained while in the military I have retired from formal competition.Sensei is furthering his education by pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Psychology.