Introducing Shihan Ty Yocham
Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate history
August 1, 1992 Tested and promoted to 1st degree black belt.
October 28, 1995 Tested and promoted to 2nd degree black belt.
June 7, 1998 Tested and promoted to 3rd degree black belt.
July 23, 2002 Tested and promoted to 4th degree black belt.
February 23, 2008 Tested and promoted to 5th degree black belt.
Ryukyu Kobudo (traditional Okinawan weapons specialty) history
March 27, 1997 Tested and promoted to 1st degree black belt.
May 10, 2002 Tested and promoted to 2nd degree black belt.
April 14, 2007 Tested and promoted to 3rd degree black belt.
Okinawa White Crane Kenpo history
April 13, 2007 Tested and promoted to 3rd degree black belt.
*Inducted into the very first Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame as
1997 Instructor of the Year
*Inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as
2007 Instructor of the Year
*Voted Texas Okinawa Goju-kai Karate Federation (TOGKF) Instructor of the Year for eight years
*Voted TOGKF School of the Year for nine years
Our curriculum is focused primarily on self defense and health; however we do participate in some tournaments. I and my students have trained, taught, and competed in and out side of the United States. The awards and recognition received are too numerous to list or in some cases to even remember. Remembering all of the dates that my students and I have placed in large tournaments are not easy to remember. Most of my trophies have been laid aside or donated. Internationally my students and I have competed in the “International Goodwill Games” as a part of the U.S.A. Team. I placed in each of the three events that I entered but what I am most proud of is the surprise gold medal award I received for being the “International Goodwill Ambassador” from this three day long tournament.
*President of the West Austin Lions Club
*Member of the New Hope Baptist Church outreach ministry
*Previous school board member of NYOS Charter School
Yocham Shihan’s ranking and leadership abilities are certified and recognized on an international level. Shihan Yocham started his first assistant teaching assignment in 1990, and has been instructing classes ever since. His considerable experience includes adult martial art instruction, youth martial art instruction, weapons instruction, women’s self-defense classes, and demonstrations at large events such as “The Big Boy Toy Show,” “City-Wide Fourth of July Festivities,” the “Hairy Man Festival” and numerous karate tournaments. Shihan Yocham’s black belt students are now taking the charge of some high profile demonstrations within our community. The “Martial Arts of the World” encyclopedia contains several pictures of Shihan Yocham in its 2001 printing. Shihan Yocham is ranked 5th degree in Goju Ryu Karate, 3rd degree in Ryukyu Kobudo, and 3rd degree in Hakutsuru Kenpo. Since 1999 Shihan Yocham has been teaching karate as a full time career.
Shihan Yocham has been selected by his peers in the Texas Okinawan GoJu Karate Federation (TOGKF) as “Instructor of the Year” for eight years. Similarly, the quality of his classes are reflected in their selection as “School of the Year” each year for nine years. These honors earned Shihan Yocham and his students the additional honors of “TOGKF Instructor of the Decade” and “TOGKF School of the Decade” for the 1990’s. Mr. Yocham was inducted into the very first Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame as 1997 Instructor of the Year in the Okinawan Division and inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as 2007 Instructor of the Year.
Although competition is not a focus of the class, Mr. Yocham has demonstrated success in the competitive arena as well. He and his students have participated in both local and international tournament competitions, where team members have won numerous gold, silver, and bronze medals. In addition, Shihan Yocham’s classes, collectively known as Austin Okinawan Karate, have, through his leadership, brought home the first-place team trophy for eight consecutive years from the TOGKF Winter Invitational Tournament. In November of 2007 Shihan was the only person that won 1st in kata, 1st in weapons, and 1st in fighting at the WFMA Canadian National Championships.
Shihan Yocham is currently serving as an advisor to the TOGKF. Mr. Yocham also served for two years (2001-2003) as a member of the Governing Council (school board) for NYOS Charter School in Austin, Texas. He has served three terms as President for the West Austin Lions Club. He is serving other martial art organizations locally as well as internationally. He has been married to his wife for 12 years and has two magnificent children.