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Kyoshi Chapman, 7th dan (Goju-ryu), 6th dan Kobudo

Shorin-ryu (Renshi, 5th dan) began his Martial Arts training in 1973 under Ichiro Takahata. Kyoshi Chapman was encouraged by Sensei Takahata to supplement his training with various other martial styles including but not limited to kung fu, yang-style tai chi, northern white crane, chin-na, and weaponry. He received his 1st degree black belt in 1976.

Kyoshi Chapman has been twice inducted into the Martial Arts Hall Of Fame. The first time for teaching and promoting Ryukyuan kobudo (weaponry), and most recently for "Master Instructor Of The Year." Kyoshi Chapman has been in several TV Shows as well as performing demonstrations for various events. Kyoshi Chapman is a nationally known and respected Martial Artist.

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Shihan Ty Yocham 5th dan (Goju-ryu), 3rd dan (Kobudo), 3rd dan (Hakutsuru Kenpo)

Shihan Yocham has been actively studying and teaching Okinawa GoJu Ryu Karate since 1989. His rank and leadership abilities are certified and recognized on an international level. Shihan Yocham was assigned his first assistant teaching assignment in 1990, and has been instructing classes ever since. His experience includes adult karate instruction, children karate instruction, weapons instruction, women's self-defense classes, demonstrations at large events (such as "The Big Boy Toy Show," "City Wide Forth Of July Festivities," "Karate Tournaments,") and much more. The "Martial Arts of the World" encyclopedia has published several pictures of Shihan in their year 2001 printing.

Shihan Yocham and his classes have been voted both "Instructor of the Year," and "School of the Year" for 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 within the Texas Okinawan GoJu- Kai Karate Federation. This earned Shihan Yocham Instructor of the Decade and School of the Decade for the 1990's. Mr. Yocham has been inducted into the very first Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame as 1997 Instructor of the Year in the Okinawan division. Shihan Yocham is serving as the International Secretary, U.S.A. Vice-Chairman, and the Texas State Director for the KOBGK. Shihan is the Secretary for the T.O.G.K.F. Shihan Yocham is on the School Board for NYOS Charter School in Austin, Texas.

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Sensei Steve Werther, 3rd dan (Goju-ryu), 1st dan (Amer. Karate)

Sensei Werther (04-18-57) began studying Martial Arts in 1981 and has been teaching both adults and children’s classes regularly since July of 1986.

Mr. Werther received his first Shodan ranking in USA Karate from Sensei Gerald Fajardo on May 27th, 1986. Mr. Fajardo awarded instructorship of the Lake Highlands Branch Dojo in Dallas, TX to Sensei Werther in mid July of 1986.

In Early 1990, the Lake Highlands USA Karate Class was discovered by Kyoshi Dean Chapman, of Irving Texas, and was quickly converted to the Traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Shoreikan Martial Arts System. Shortly after earning a Shodan ranking awarded by Kyoshi Dean Chapman in August of 1991, Sensiei Werther became one of the Founding Directors of the Texas Okinawan Goju-Kai Karate Federation (togkf.org).

Due to Kyoshi Chapman’s guidance and constant training, Mr. Werther was tested for Nidan ranking on November 27th, 1995 and was promoted to Sandan level.

Currently Sensei Werther is a student and assistant instructor at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center in Dallas and the Senter Park Recreation Center in Irving Dojos while continuing his training toward additional ranking within the TOGKF.

Professionally, Mr. Werther, is the owner and operator of Lake Highlands Glass and Mirror Company 214-349-8160, serving the Metroplex with over 30 years experience in the glass and mirror business. Steve is living and working within the Lake Highlands Community of North East Dallas with his wife Katie, of 25 years, and 14 year old son and 8 year old daughter. His family, as well as the many instructors and students of the TOGKF, help to provide encouragement and support towards both his Martial Arts training and the glass and mirror business.

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Sensei Sherry Owens, 3rd dan (Goju-ryu)

Sensei Owens started training in Goju Ryu in Jan 1990 and tested for Shodan Aug 1. 1992.
She is an assistant instructor at the Senter Park and Cimeron dojos.

Sensei Owens has been awarded Black Belt of the year for 2000 and 2001 and was named Assistant Instructor of the year in 2001.

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Sensei. Todd Marble, 3rd dan, 3rd dan (Kobu-jutsu)

Sensei Marble began his martial arts training in May 1995. Sensei Marble received his first blackbelt in Ryukyu Kobu-jutsu on March 27, 1997 and his blackbelt in Goju-Ryu Karate on July 28, 1997.

Sensei Marble earned his Sandan in Ryukyu Kobu-jutsu on May 10, 2002 and received his Sandan in Goju-Ryu Karate on July 13, 2002. He was voted TOGKF Instructor of the Year for 2002 and is currently a member of the TOGKF Black Belt Council.

Sensei Marble instructs at Cimarron Park in Valley Ranch, TX and Northwest Park in Irving (West), TX.

Classes:

Northwest Park, Mon. & Weds. 7:00 to 8:00PM

Cimarron Park, Tues. & Thurs. 5:30 to 6:30 PM

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Mr. Ian K. Fauth, 4th dan

Over the last  20 years, Mr. Ian K. Fauth has taught Tae Kwon-Do both in Australia and the United States. While still living in Australia he taught Tae Kwon-Do classes at various high schools, church halls, fitness centers and gymnasiums in Brisbane and Bundaberg. He also taught Tae Kwon-Do classes at Queensland University in Brisbane. During that time, he developed his own unique method of teaching which could best be described as Australasian style: a style that combines the traditional with more modern scientific training methods.

The opening of his new school, The 4th Degree, in December 2001, represents Mr. Fauth's newest effort to
promote the many benefits of martial arts training for children,teens and adults and to identify and develop strong future competitors for martial arts events at the local, state, national and international level.    >> more

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Mr. Brian Heiar, 2nd dan (Goju-ryu), 1st dan (Kobu-jutsu)

Mr. Heiar has been training under Kyoshi Chapman since 1993, earning Shodan in April, 1997 and Nidan June, 1998, and Shodan in Ryukyu Kobujutsu in 1998. He began assisting in 1995 and has been the Walnut Hill club head instructor since 1997. He also assistant teaches at Kyoshi Chapman's Irving class.

Sensei Heiar has been awarded Federation Student of the Year for 1996 and 1998, and Federation Black Belt of the Year for 1997. In 1998 he was inducted as Black Belt of the Year into the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
In 1997, the Walnut Hill club won first place at the Summer TOGKF Invitational tournament.

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Mr. Carlos Gonzales, 2nd dan (Goju-ryu)

Mr. Gonzales began training in Okinawan Goju-Ryu in 1989 under Kyoshi Chapman while in Stephenville, Texas. He earned his Shodan in 1992. Mr. Gonzales has served as Head Instructor in Brownwood, Texas and Dublin, Texas. Prior to that he served in an Assistant Instructor capacity in Stephenville and Dublin,Texas.

Mr. Gonzales has trained since 1986 in various martial arts such as Kajukenbo, Bushido Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Mr. Gonzales has conducted Demonstrations, various training seminars for the TOGKF and law enforcement personnel in continuing education and weapon retention.

For the past decade, Mr.Gonzales has worked with a variety of youth populations in Texas including troubled and at-risk juveniles in various settings including local communities at large and in juvenile correctional settings. As of 2002, Mr. Gonzales was appointed as the Special Projects Co-Ordinator/Liaison for the TOGKF. Currently Mr. Gonzales continues to train and serves as an Assistant Instructor in the Irving Dojo.

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Mr. David Williams, 3rd dan (Goju-ryu)

David A Williams learned minimal boxing in high school in Texas. He used these skills in the US Navy were he soon learned there was more than using your hands in fighting with matches against people training in the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan. or Hawaii. In 1974 Ralph Takeo Miyashiro, nisei in Hawaii & future father in law, told him of karate "There is no style in karate, there is only training". Even as a teacher he con-tinues as taught by Ty Yocham and Dean Chapman, not by standing in front of the class but by training side by side with the students.

1996 Austin - Family Of The Year
1997 Austin - Family Of The Year
Austin - Assistant Instructor Of The Year
1998 Austin - Assistant Instructor Of The Year
1999 Austin - Assistant Instructor Of The Year
Federation - Assistant Instructor Of The Year
2000 Austin - Assistant Instructor Of The Year
Federation - Assistant Instructor Of The Year
2001 Kobodo Student Of The Year
2002 Austin - Assistant Instructor Of The Year
Federation - Kobodo Student Of The Year
Assigned by Sensei Yocham to train with Kyoshi Chapman and assist in the Dallas area dojos. Moved to Dallas.
2003 Irving - Blackbelt Of The Year
Federation - Sprit Of The Year
Federation - Assistant Instructor Of The Year
2004 After training with Kyoshi Chapman and assisting in the Dallas area, moved back to Austin to continue training under Sensei Yocham
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Mr. Bill Woodward, 3rd dan

Sempai Woodward has been studying Okinawan Goju-Ryu in Round Rock, TX under Sensei Yocham since October 1996. He was promoted to Shodan in January, 2002 by the Board Members of the TOGKF, receiving "best of test" honors during his Shodan test. He continues to train and serves as Assistant Instructor at the Round Rock dojo.

In December, 2002, Sempai Woodward was elected to a 2-year term on the TOGKF Black Belt council.

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Mr. Kendall

Sempai Kendall began studying Goju-Ryu in 1990 under Sensei Cliff Weible in Dublin, TX. He received his shodan 1st degree black belt July 13, 2002, from the Texas Okinawan Goju-kai Karate Federation (TOGKF).

Sempai Kendall started the Hico Okinawan Karate in October 2002, and is currently training under Sensei Ty Yocham 4th degree black belt (Austin Okinawan Karate) and Kyoshi Dean Chapman 6th degree black belt (Dallas, TX) both internationally know Martial Arts Teachers.

Sempai Kendall's objectives in teaching is to introduce an excellent family oriented fitness and self-defense program based on authentic martial arts to the Stephenville and Hico Area. The program contributes physical exercise, strength training and self protection in a recreational but disciplined format.

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Sempai Cindy Walter

Cindy Walter, Sempai has studied Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate under Yocham Shihan since 2000. She watched her two sons benefiting from the program for a few years before deciding to try it herself. The outstanding instruction, comraderie, and opportunities for personal development have continued to motivate her to practice to the best of her ability. The benefits of harmonizing body, mind, and spirit have been among the most valuable gifts she has received from her karate training.

Walter Sempai earned her Shodan rank in 2006, and earned Black Belt of the Year honors in 2007. She also earned a Black Belt in Kobudo in 2006. As a part of her karate training, Walter Sempai and her family have competed internationally in the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Canada as well as the United States.

Mrs. Walter is married, mother of two, and manager of a Processor Validation Engineering department at IBM in Austin, Texas.

 


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