Saturday, June 28, 2014

7 USA-N.K.F. National Championships

Since 2006, my students and I have competed in the USA-N.K.F. (USA National Karate-Do Federation) Karate Nationals 7 times.  We competed in 2006 - 2010 and in 2012 and 2013.  We skipped 2011 and this year (2014) due to the location (west coast or Texas) of the U.S. Karate Nationals.  The USA-N.K.F. is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.  The USA-N.K.F. offers the highest caliber of competition for traditional karate in the U.S.

Overall,  I have taken a total of 30 people to the U.S. Karate Nationals and 29 people have won medals.  4 of the 29 were from special needs students competing in the non-handicap division.  The shortest amount of time someone has trained and won a National medal is 2 months.  There has been 12 students that trained less than 1 year and have won a medal.  8 of those students trained less than 9 months.  6 of those students trained 6 months or less.  The oldest competitor to date was 57 (female) and the youngest was 5.  So far, I have taken 5 five year olds and 3 in 2007.  In 2007, my students won 2 of the 3 medals in the 5 and under beginner girls kata division for the entire U.S.

In my karate program, we don't just focus on competing, we focus on the art of karate, the self-defense aspect,  the competition aspect, and the fitness aspect.  Karate is not an extracurricular activity.  Karate is an art form, a way of life for many and a discipline of the mind and body.

Competition is a great way for the student to test their ability among the best in the nation.  We like to look at the Nationals as a great family experience and a vital tool for exponential growth for the student.  The parents and students learn many things from watching and the experience is unique that cannot be replaced once you experience it!  Thank you for reading my blog!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Karate History Made again in 2013!

Ryan Roger's did it again! 

This time, Roger's competed in the 18-34 year old Intermediate Kumite (Sparring) Division and won the bronze medal!  This was Roger's second time competing at the U.S. Karate Nationals.  Roger's has made history 4 times in only 2 years.  Roger's became the first person with autism to win a medal in the non-handicap division in 2012.

  I will provide a link at a later date to view his story.  You can Google "Ryan Rogers and Autism" and read more about his accomplishments there!  Thank You for reading my blog!  Please share!

Karate History Made 5 Times At One Karate Nationals in 2012

Yes you read the title correctly!  I am sorry that you are finally finding out about this now!  In 2011 as well as this year, we are not competing in the U.S. Karate Nationals.  The reason is due to the long distance location of the U.S. Karate Nationals in relation to the location of my Karate school in Chattanooga.  In 2011, it was located in Arlington, Texas and this year it is in Reno, Nevada.

I, of course would love to go but again I teach karate not for the money but for the thrill of seeing others achieve and overcome obstacles that many people would say is impossible or nearly impossible. 

At the time, I didn't know that one of my students had Autism.  In 2012, I only took 3 students to the U.S. Karate Nationals.  One person was a 8 year old boy and the other two are adults.  Of the 3 students that I took, 2 out of 3 made history.  This wasn't a planned situation but definitely a fortunate one.

So how did we make history 5 times.  Let's start with Katie Whipple.  Katie Whipple is legally blind and she can better describe to you what extent she is blind on my You Tube page "Corey Greens Karate."  The video you can view is titled "5 Historic Green's Karate WDEF Interviews".  Her story is the first of the 5 interviews. 

Katie Whipple became the "first blind female in history to qualify and compete in the U.S. Karate Nationals." Katie competed in the handicap division as well as the non-handicap division.  The first time she competed, she competed in the 16 and older women's handicap division and won the gold medal.  The next day, she competed in the non-handicap division and won the silver medal in the 18-34 year old Women's beginner kata division.  By doing so, Katie made history two times.

What about the other 3 times you might be wondering...  Keep reading.

Also at the 2012 U.S. Karate Nationals, a student of mine named Ryan Rogers, competed and was also a judge at the 2012 Karate Nationals.  Rogers was diagnosed with high-functioning autism in October of 2013.  When Rogers, judged the U.S. Karate Nationals, he became the first person with autism in history to do so.  He became a judge with the USA-N.K.F. Nationals in 2012.  Ryan also competed in the 18-34 year old novice division (he was a previous black belt as well with another karate school but he had to start over at my dojo)  and won the bronze in kata and silver in sparring against grown men! 

I had a feeling at the time, that this 2012 U.S. Karate Nationals was special but I didn't know it was this special.  Many people don't know this story but now you do!  Please share this information with others!  Thank you for reading my blog! More blogs to come soon! 

Karate History Made 2nd time in 2010 for Green's Karate

In July of 2010,  I took about 8 students to the U.S. Karate Nationals.  Amongst the students was a young 12 year old female student named Katie D. who has Autism.  You can see her story on my You Tube page "Corey Green's Karate" under the title of "5 Historical WDEF News Interviews".  Her story is the 3rd story of 5 interviews.  You can skip ahead to 3:34 to see the start of her interview. 

At the time of the interview, we didn't have the confirmation about her status as being the "first girl in history with autism to qualify and compete in U.S. Karate Nationals in the non-handicap division."  It wasn't until 2012 that I was able to get that confirmation. 

Katie D. went on and did well for her first time at the U.S. Karate Nationals.  In 2006, I also taught the "first person in history with autism to qualify and compete in the U.S. Karate Nationals in the non-handicap division."  The story about my student was featured on CNN News.  Green's Karate is the only karate school in the U.S. to be featured on CNN News for Karate.   Congratulations Katie D.!

Long Time No Blog!

Hello fellow Americans,

I haven't posted to this blog site for some time.  I have been busy, very busy!   A lot has happened since I last posted blogs in 2011.  I promise, I won't take 3 years to write another blog.  I have a lot to catch you all up on, so I think the best thing to do is to start another blog here shortly.   If you want to follow me on You Tube, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Instagram, Myspace, and Pheed.  All you have to do is type in "Corey Greens Karate" or "Green's Karate" on any of these above mentioned social media sites and you will start to get up to speed on what I have been doing.  Lastly,  my website "" is still a site to view and learn.   I hope to hear your responses as time goes on.   Thank you for reading my blog and have a great week!


Sensei Corey Green