KAICHO:(Director) Bill Woodard
Chief Instructor Bill Woodard. Woodard Sensei has 52 years of expirence, he officially joined the Tesshinkan, in October of 1999, and received the Tesshinkan Branch Dojo Charter in Ozato, Okinawa April 6th of 2002.
Bill began his Karate training in 1968/1969 in Illinois in Shorei Ryu.
Then Bill studied Goju-Shuri Ryu.
The training was quite intense in those days & he continued until 1973 in which he received his Shodan.
In 1974 he studied Seibukan Shorin Ryu Karate and Ryu Kyu Kobudo under Sensei Walter Rose and Donald Swansey he continued here until the Dojo was closed.
Soon after he began training under George Minshew at his home in west Colombia Texas and continued here until his departure from Texas.
The next move took Woodard Sensei to Georgia where he studied Issinryu under Pioneer Harold Mitchem.
Later, Woodard moved to Florida where he enrolled in Tom Bentleys Shito Ryu School that had been referred to him by a Man he met in Sylvester Georgia by the name of Richard Ballargeon.
He was the Soke of the National Karate Jiu Jitsu Union and the man responsible for bringing the Seishin Kai Karate Union to the U.S.A. and the Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu Style of Shogo Kuniba "Soke".
Shortly after enrolling in Bentley Sensei's school, Ownership was transfered to Sensei Ricki Adams.
Sensei Woodard remained training with Sensei Adams, and Sensei Bentley for several years 1979 to 1987.
Sensei learned the will to put forth the effort to excel in and practice more Forms (kata), instead of just fighting (kumite).
This is what Sensei Woodard says allowed him all the success in competition he has enjoyed.
Bill Woodard has either won or placed in every major Tournament in the U.S. He has won over 200 trophies with many of them Grand Championships.
Bill Woodard was one of Karate's top Competitors in the mid-80's, with several Championship titles in forms and weapons forms.
In 1990 he was not only a State Champion but also a NASKA Triple Champion.
It was in 1990 that Kaneta Toshio Shihan asked him to be the U.S. representitve for the Sogo Budo Kaneta Kai Organazation under the Seishin Kai Karate Union of Gumna - Ken, Japan.
He still holds the position of US Kaicho for the Sogo Budo Kaneta Kai.
In 1999 Shihan Woodard began training under Tamayose Hidemi in the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan.
In 2002 He traveled to Japan to train with his Karate Sensei Toshio Kaneta "Soke" and then later on to Okinawa to train with Tamayose Sensei in Kobudo.
While in Okinawa Tamayose Sensei presented Woodard with the USA Shibucho for the Tesshinkan Ryu Kyu Kobudo.
Shihan Woodard has had the honor to have trained with some of the worlds top Martial Artists, and Legends of the Ancient Arts Some of the more notable are: Shogo Kuniba,"Soke"(Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu Karate Do), Toshio Kaneta "Soke"(World Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu Fed.), Richard Ballargeon "Soke"(Soke N.K.J.U. Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu) Hosho Shiakawa "Soke"(Soke Shiakowa Shito Ryu, Soke Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, Soke Mugai Ryu Iaido) Harold Mitchum "Hanshi"(Isshin Ryu Karate pioneer) Thomas Bentley,"Shihan"(Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu), Ricky Adams, "Shihan"(Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu), Joe Lewis(Joe Lewis fighting system) George Dillman (Kyusho Jitsu the Dillman theory),Devorah Dometrich (Ryu Kyu Kobudo),Tamayose Hidemi (Ryu Kyu Kobudo) and the list goes on!
THE SOGO BUDO KANETA KAI:
Sogo Budo Kanteta Kai trains in the Motobu Ha Shito Ryu style of the late Kuniba Shogo. This system
is dedicated to the constant study, trining, and improvement of one's Body Mind and Spirit,through diligent training in Kata and Bunkai
THE NATIONAL KARATE & KOBUDO FEDERATION:Shihan Woodard started the NKKF in 1992 to develop a Brotherhood in Budo.
This was shortly after the death of Kuniba Shogo "Soke" when Woodard had noticed the enormous pressure that some Organizations had placed upon their members and decided there must be a better way.
With most Martial Arts Organizations you paid your dues and were issued a number and remained that a number.
Many karate-ka and Instructors had lost contact with their original Sensei or felt the need to move on for one reason or another.
This is where the NKKF was most beneficial, it allowed martial artist of different styles to come together for a common goal. Learning and Improving without the day to day politics that have come to plague the Martial Arts.
Thus there has become a growing need for the NKKF and the NKKF keeps growing because of
"Excellence" in the Martial Arts.
Today the NKKF has members in many States within the US and in over 17 Countries Globally. It has continued to provide guidance and service to its members because of the dedication of its leaders.