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Kyoshi Steven Hewett

Sensei has been training in Traditional Karate-do for over 44 years, with 40 of those years teaching karate in his own dojo (karate school) in South and North Carolina. He first began his training at the Honbu Dojo in Yakima, Washington under the guidance of Hanshi Morris Mack (10th 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. While training at Hanshi Mack’s dojo Sensei Steven was introduced to Hanshi Todd in the early 1980’s and continued to study under Hanshi Todd all-be-it remotely after moving back to North Carolina and occationally meeting with him in California until his passing in 1999. It was an honor and a privilege to have been able to study under one of most accomplished martial artist of his time. 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 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 through Hanshi Todd and in 1985 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-do 1st Dan Doshinkan Karate-do 2nd Dan Okinawa-te Karate-Kobudo Nationally Ranked Karate Illustrated Magazine Region 1 Black Belt Weapons Kata 1985, Trainer of Six AAU National Champions & Jr. Olympians 2023 WUKF World Champion Silver & Bronze Medalist 2023 AAU National Champion Gold & Bronze Medalist 2022 WUKF World Champion Gold & Bronze Medalist 2022 AAU National Silver Medalist 2017 AAU National Karate Champion Silver Medal Kata & Kobudo, Bronze Medal Kumite, 2017 Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament Gold Medal Kata, Bronze Medal Kumite, 2017 AAU National Karate Judge, 2008 Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament Bronze Medal Kobudo, 1984, 85, 87 North Carolina AAU Karate Champion Gold 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 Federation Club Member - USA National Karate-Do Federation Member of the AAU-USA Karate-Do Club Member - AAU-USA Karate-Do Retired from the Department of Defense Afghanistan Combat Veteran, Recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge Life Member Disabled American Veterans Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars
Red Cross: CPR & First Aid Certified Other Interests include: Japanese Language, Religion, & Culture Scuba Diving - Certified Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver. Traveling the world and experiencing other cultures and lands. Sensei is furthering his education by pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Psychology.