Our lineage stretches back over several hundred years with it's roots in the Rkuyu Islands and Okinawa.
Master Ohtsuka sponsored a talented young karateka by the name of Kiyohisa Hirano and was able to get him accepted for the first full time scholarship for Karate at Nippon University in Japan.
Many years later Soke Hirano moved to Hawaii to establish his branch of Wado-Ryu called Hei-Wado. One of his top students is currently the present head of our system, Soke Ronald Woodard.
Soke Woodard took the arts he learned from Soke Hirano and transplanted them to Birmingham Alabama where my instructor, Shihan Dale Coker was introduced to them.
Shihan Coker was one of his top students and came up through the ranks and became one his top instructors.
Shihan Dale Coker eventually returned to Charleston SC, where he founded Japan Karate Institute and influenced thousands of students with his training and philosophies on Karate.
He remains active in teaching, training and promotion of the schools.
After many years of study and completion of an instructors academy, Brett Singleton was awarded the rank of Sensei in 1994 by Shihan Coker. Sensei Brett currently holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Wado-Ryu and has studied many other forms of martial arts as well. He has also worked internationally as an executive protection specialist, and incorporates this specialized training into his curriculum.