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Erie, CO.  80516
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4 - 6 year olds
Bennetts Karate
Okinawan Martial Arts Club
Email: Bennettskarate@yahoo.com
Shihan Richard Bennett
Bennett Family
Instructors
5th Degree Black Belt (Godan)
Testing Date: Nov. 2012

Richard Bennett has been studying Uechi Ryu since he was 4 years old.  At 12 years old, he received his junior black belt and then his full black belt at 16.  Even before he was a black belt, Richard has been teaching classes and now has over 25 years of Uechi Ryu karate experience, and 20 years teaching experience.  While attending college at Western Michigan University for 2 years, Richard studied directly under Grand Master James Thompson, and has received all of his black belt ranks from Grand Master Kanmei Uechi and Grand Master Thompson.  Richard continues to be one of the youngest black belts at each rank by testing at every minimum age requirement set in place by the Japanese Ministry of Education.
Meaningful Awards:

1st place, Uechi Ryu National Championship
Antioch, Cal. 1992: Hosted by Alan Dollar
9, 10, 11 year old division - Fighting

1st place, Uechi Ryu Regional Championship
Kalamazoo, MI 1994: Hosted by Master Thompson
9, 10, 11 year old division - Fighting

1st place, Uechi Ryu National Championship
Kalamazoo, MI 1994: Hosted by Master Thompson
9, 10, 11 year old division - Kata

1st Place, Uechi Ryu National Championship
Kalamzoo, MI 2002: Hosted by Master Thompson
Black Belt Men 18yr + Division - Light Weight Fighting

1st Place  - Grand Master - Uechi Ryu Regional Championship
Kalamzoo, MI 2003: Hosted by Master Thompson
Black Belt Men 18yr + Division - Light Weight/Heavy Weight Fighting

2nd Place, Uechi Ryu World Championship
Clearwater, Florida: Hosted by Master Ric Martin
Black Belt Men 18yr+ Division - Middle Weight
Richard Bennett is a member of the Matayoshi Kobudo dojo located in Naha, Okinawa.  He trains at the Boulder Kodokan under Sensei Paul Ghering.  The Boulder Kodokan is one of the only locations in the United States affilated directly with the Matayoshi system.
Sensei Richard Bennett and Sensei Itokazu Seisho
Sensei Richard Bennett and Boulder Kodokan at the Budokan
Sensei Richard Bennett at the 2009 Okinawan World Tournament
Sensei Richard Bennett received his Shihan (Master Instructor) certificate in 2010 at 27 years old from Master James Thompson, president of Uechi Ryu Kokusai Kyokai
Sensei Richard Bennett makes frequent trips to Okinawa in order to train in Matayoshi Kobudo, through the Boulder Kodokan

April 2007 Naha - Okinawa
Matayoshi Family Dojo
Matayoshi Kobudo Seminar

August 2009 Naha - Okinawa
All Okinawan World Tournament
Matayoshi Kobudo Seminar and Demo

October 2011 Naha - Okinawa
Matayoshi Kobudo World Tournament
Matayoshi Kobudo Seminar
Uechi Ryu Karate-Do Seminar
Sensei Senaga Dojo Visit