Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Member Profile: Karl Scott

Mr. Scott has studied the martial arts since 1965, and has trained extensively both in the United States and in Asia with top exponents of many different Asian martial arts and ways. He has been with the Asian Martial Arts Studio in Ann Arbor since its beginning at the University of Michigan in 1970.

Mr. Scott began to study Toyama-style karate-do with Walter E. Todd Sensei over twenty years ago. Mr. Scott has also trained under Ichikawa Isao Sensei, and Shimabukuro Eizo Sensei. He trained with Shimabukuro Sensei in Okinawa as an uchi-deshi, or "personal live-in disciple," and received a Shihan (professor) certificate, directly from Mr. Shimabukuro, in Shorin Ryu karate-do and Okinawan weaponry.

Scott Sensei is also a high-ranking black belt in aikido. His aikido training started in 1973, and he founded the Asian Martial Arts Studio aikido program in 1976. Scott Sensei has trained in aikido under the following teachers:

Tohei Koichi Sensei (founder of Ki no Kenkyukai and judan)
Kai Kuniyuki Sensei (Yoshinkan hachidan)
Walter Todd Sensei (rokudan)
Toyoda Fumio Sensei (founder of the Aikido Association of America and rokudan)
Shiohira Hideki Sensei (founder of the Pacific Aikido Association and rokudan)
Scott Sensei is a Division Director in both the Karate-do Division and Aikido Division within the SMAA. He currently holds the title/rank of karate-do So-shihan/7th dan and aikido Shihan/6th dan. He is also a high-ranking member of the Kokusai Budoin Aikido and Karate-do Divisions.