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6105-A Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA 71105
Student of the Year
Karate USA will randomly select a current
student to be "Student of the Month".
Would YOU like to be Karate USA's Student of the Month?
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out an application.
Current Rank: Go Dan
2013 Student of the Year
Andy began training in Isshin-ryu at Karate USA as a freshman at
Northwood High School on November 1, 1993 at the age of 14. 2013
marks his 20th anniversary in Isshin-ryu karate.
Andy moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex in May 1994 because his
step-fatherís job transferred. He completed high school in McKinney, TX
and received his Associate of Science degree from Collin County
Community College, but he never stopped going to Karate USA whenever his
school and work schedules allowed over the years because the majority of
his family still lives in the Shreveport area. To this day, he still
visits his Karate USA family as often as he is able.
He was promoted to all of his kyu ranks except for two (7th kyu and 1st
kyu) by Sensei Harvey Kennedy and/or his assistant instructors. While
still in high school he began teaching in February 1997. A tournament
competitor since April 1994, in addition to various karate tournaments
in Texas and Oklahoma, he competed in all Karate USA-sponsored
tournaments between November 1999 and April 2008.
Andy enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 2006. He is presently a Petty
Officer Second Class (E5) and works as a Yeoman, which is a naval
secretary. He has taught Isshin-ryu karate at every duty station he has
had: Oklahoma City, OK (Sep 2006 to May 2008); Okinawa, Japan (June 2008
to June 2012); Seoul, South Korea (June 2012 to present). He presently
has 18 active students in Korea.
Hopefully Andy will be able to come home to Shreveport over the holidays
and help teach class. Read his full biography and accomplishments on the
bulletin board at the dojo.
Student of the Month
Would YOU like to be a Student of the Month in the future? If so, fill
application form and
bring it in, mail it or fax it to 318-865-2010.
New Year's Eve Karate Lock-in
Celebrating a New Year at Karate USA.
Congratulations to all the
students with the best times in this weeks Obstacle Course.
Ages 4,5,6 year olds
Vanessa Savarese 41.69
Jonah Pease 43.15
Ages 7,8,9 year olds
Tyler Sullivan 30.38
Leighton Webster 30.44
Age 10-15 year olds Trey
Matthew Lingle 28.72
Chase Johnson 36.93
Adults Colt Avery 24.35
Bed of Nails
The following is a list of the students who took at
least, 6, six steps on the bed ofnails
Congratulations to Junior Ingram who held the weekly
record at 63 steps
James Farrar still holds the overall record at 500 steps!
Colt Avery 33
Mason Barnes 30
Ely Bulnes 10
Dazani Jackson 7
Nicholas Jenkins 6
Brandon Johnson 9
Jason Pitts 30
Pat Reynolds 23
Colt's Famous Leap
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