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MARTIAL ARTS RESUME OF:
Dr. James E. Webster, Sr. 8th Dan


Started Karate at Master Phil Koeppel’s Karate School March 1974 in Peoria, Illinois
Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt April 14,1980 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorie-ryu Karate
Promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt January 1983 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorie-ryu Karate.
Joined the USKK (United States Karate-do Kai) founded by Master Phil Koeppel, in June 1983.
Promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt September 1983 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorie-ryu Karate
Promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt December 1984 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorie-ryu Karate.
Changed style of Karate from Shorie-ryu to Shorin-ryu in March 1985.
Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt July 1988 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorin-ryu Karate.
Promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt June 1991 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorin-ryu Karate.
Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt June 1991 by Master Phil Koeppel in Okinawan Kobudo.
Became a Life Member of the USKK (United States Karate-do Kai) February 1991
Received International Instructors Title “M/Ma” (Master of Martial Arts) in March 1995.
Awarded the title of RENSHI in August 1996 by Master Phil Koeppel.
Promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt July 1999 by Master Phil Koeppel in Okinawan Kobudo.
Promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt February 2003 by Master Phil Koeppel in Shorin-ryu Karate.
Awarded the Large Double-bladed Axe from Master Phil Koeppel in June 2005.
Received the USKK Grand International Champion award for 1st Place in Black Belt Master’s Kata and
1st Place in Black Belt Weapons for the year 2004 - 05
Received the USKK Grand International Champion award for 1st Place in Black Belt Weapons for the year 2005 - 06
Received the USKK Grand International Champion award for 1st Place in Black Belt Kata for the year 2006 - 07.
Received the ALLIANCE Grand Champion Points award for Master Black Belt of the year 2007.
Inducted into the USA Martial Arts HALL OF FAME in 2007.
Received PhD in Martial Arts Philosophy and Science from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies in 2008.
Inducted into the USA Alliance Budo International Society in January of 2009.
Promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt April 2009 By the Alliance in Okinawan Kobudo
Promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt July 2009 by Dr. James Thomas, 10th Dan in the Shorin system
of Karate and received Hachi-dan certificate from ALLIANCE.
Promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt September, 2009 by Hanshi Seikufu Nitta, 10th Dan of Okninawa
in the Shorin system of Karate and received Hachi-dan certificate from UMAA.
Also was inducted into the UMAA Hall Of Fame at the same time.
Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in 2010



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