5610 75th Street WestLakewood, WA 98499Phone: 253.589.6924

Sensei  Tünde Nagy- Sweigart

 

Training since 1994.

 

I believe that my involvement in Karate is definitely a work of destiny. When I saw WKA students doing kata I knew I wanted to learn everything about this art.   Being a classical musician, I felt right at home with the requirements of hard work, lots of practice, and discipline. Karate made me feel that I could express myself again only in a different way.  In 1995, I started as the manager of the Lakewood Dojo under Sensei Sweigart. I competed successfully for several years and earned a silver medal in kumite at the 1996 USANKF National Championships.  It has become my passion to develop our students and hold them to a higher standard. This is where I believe I can contribute the most to the Dojo, and give back to the community as appreciation for the opportunity to live in America.

Kendra Sweigart

 

Black Belt:  October, 2006

 

Training since October, 1995.

 

Karate has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I recall being extremely young and watching my father practice in the Burien dojo and compete in tournaments. Now, he is one of the best referees and most respected senseis in the world. Karate has made me the person I am today, teaching me respect, discipline, and making me a more unique person overall. It is truly a talent and an accomplishment that very few people have achieved. I can say with honor that I am proud to have earned my black belt from the Japan Karate Federation and the Washington Karate Association.

 

National kata champion at age 6.

John McMillian

 

Black Belt:  May, 2012

 

Training since February, 1998.

 

Karate has had a huge impact in my life. It’s made me stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually. I’ve always had a good sense of the Zen perspective present in karate. The harmony of the mind, body, and spirit which I feel is very important. I honestly feel I could achieve anything as long as I worked hard enough, and I owe a great deal of this mindset to my karate training.

I take a lot of pride in being a member of the dojo. Getting to not only make steps towards my own personal growth, but also having an opportunity to help others maximize their potential. From my point of view that’s exactly what a black belt is. Someone capable of acting in a selfless manner. Working to progress Karate-Do, and not just themselves.

 

Kizzy Davis

Black Belt:  May, 2012

 

Training since May, 2002

 

In 2002 I had just left college and began the search for my career choice. While on this search I found I had little choice but to take on some undesirable jobs which, at times left me feeling unsafe to say the least. I saw very quickly that I needed to depend on myself for my own security. Not knowing what to do it was suggested by a friend that I take some self-defense classes. As I began to call around I thought about martial arts.  I called and visited many places which in the end led me here to WKA. Even though I am far from the days of undesirable and unsafe jobs the dedication and pursuit of excellence I found here at WKA keeps me coming back for more.

 

Todd Canfield

Black Belt:  2001

 

Training since 1986.

 

I was 16 years old and much of my influence to start taking karate came from watching movies.  In 1996 my instructor at the time told me that WKA had opened a school near where I lived. Soon afterwards, I stopped by the Lakewood WKA dojo to see what they had to offer. I watched their class and was impressed by what I saw in both the instruction and from the students. I immediately joined. Since then, I have earned my black belt, obtained licenses as a Judge and Referee, and significantly improved myself as a karate practitioner with the WKA

 

 

Nate Williams

Black Belt:  2001

 

Training since 1984.

 

My karate career started in 1984 at the Burien Dojo. I tested and received my first degree WKA black belt in 2001, but a year earlier I tested at National for my National first degree black belt. I am a referee and judge of kumite and a judge of kata. Karate has been a very important part of my life over twenty years. This sport brings the mind and body together as one explosive unit that is totally under control. The most important thing is you learn is to believe in yourself.

Nathaniel Williams II

 

Black Belt:  November, 2013

 

Training since September, 2001.

 

Karate has always been a part of my life. 2002 was the year I began a journey that I could never foresee happening. I would watch my dad practice in the dojo growing up. I started developing my own skills in the art of karate at the age of six. I was taught by my karate training that how becoming successful would take discipline and hard work. The best part of karate for me was the competition that I easily fell in love with. My main focus was kata at an early age, but kumite would end up being my motivation to better myself. The competition team created unforgettable memories and friendships while providing me with the resources to improve my karate skills. My greatest accomplishment and happiest moment overall in life was earning the title of 2013 Karate National Championship showing myself that nothing in life is impossible. The Black Belt was a milestone that I had dreamed of since my first day of karate class which made acquiring it even more special. Karate has molded my heart, body, mind, and soul transforming me into the leader I am today. Karate will always be a part of my life.

Nicholas Boelk

Black Belt:  February, 2010

 

Training since 1999

 

I didn’t join karate because I wanted to become more disciplined, a leader, or to harmonize my body and mind. I joined for the same reason as any other four year old boy would. I wanted to be a Power Ranger.

On my first day of karate I had no idea how much it would affect my life, from my moral values to even the way I carry myself when I walk. I’ve had countless life experiences on my path to my black belt some laughing, some bloody, and a lot of crying. But I wouldn’t trade any of them because those experiences make my black belt more important to me.

As you stand in the lobby reading this, it doesn’t matter how old you are, how long you’ve been training, just remember that a black belt is just a white belt that never quit.

Michael Lo

Black Belt:  November, 2013

 

Training since March, 2008.

 

Martial arts have always been a huge part of my life. I remember watching tons of martial arts movies and idolizing the movie stars. I wanted to be just like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan and the fight scenes pulled me in like a magnet. Pretty soon my interest grew into an obsession: martial arts were all I could think and talk about. It was at the age of 11 when a very close friend of mine, Keith Lambie, asked me to practice karate with him. I was skeptical; however, to start training because after watching a class I didn’t think I could keep up with everyone else. I did decide to take a class, though, and it only took one to get me hooked. I loved and still love the hard work and all the people who treated me like family despite just meeting me. I gained a new, more realistic, view of martial arts which instilled in me an eagerness to learn. What started as an interest grew into an obsession which then evolved into a passion; one that burns hotter and hotter every day. Words cannot bring to justice the amount of things I have gained and the ways I have grown by starting karate. I hope to keep training as I continue to grow as a person and expand my knowledge and wisdom.

Caitlyn Rainer

Black Belt:  November, 2013

 

Training since April, 2005.

 

I started training when I was 9 years old. Karate was never about self-defense for me, it was an interesting sport that I wanted to be a part of. As I trained more and more it became more than a sport, karate provided a structure to my life that I would be lost without. Through the support of my fellow students and my Sensei I have progressed beyond what I thought I was capable of. I have found that with the right determination, karate is not a sport but a lifestyle

Training in karate for half my life has had its ups and downs. Some of the time it was a struggle to come to class, but the majority of the time I have found it to be more than rewarding. Through all the strains of life, karate has always been there for me providing a support system for me to rely on. The friends I have made in karate will stick with me for life.

Competitions have given me determination to continue to better myself, that my best can always be improved. Through the numerous training camps I have pushed my physical boundaries and my will to the limits and beyond.

Karate means so much to me, and to finally reach this rank is an immense honor and privilege. But my karate training does not stop here, it will never end and I will always be working towards a better karate education.”

Miguel Smith

Black Belt:  November, 2008

 

Training since 1999.

 

Karate to me is a lifestyle that requires diligence and dedication to your training and self improvement. It provides me with a greater sense of respect for those around me and gives me a long lasting structure of support.  Karate will never fade away into my past as I grow up and it will always be something in my life that I enjoy and will continue to appreciate for the rest of my life.

Justin “J. R.” Oba

 

Black Belt:  November, 2008

 

Training since August, 2004.

 

Karate has been a life changing experience.  It meant perfection, discipline, and patience.  Perfection, in the art of which perform meant every move having a purpose. Discipline, where listening and hearing became more important than talking; and patience, where perfection and discipline become one, where time as the only thing holding me back from becoming the greatest. Whether or not I can actually achieve total mastery in all three is unknown, yet that’s the thing about karate, you will always be hooked to try.

Matt Fruge

Black Belt:  November, 2008

 

Training since 1997.

 

Karate has given me a plethora of benefits throughout my life. Foremost is the sense of respect and discipline that has been instilled in me since I was a child.  I have absolute respect for those in authority over me, I respect my peers, I work hard, and I handle my responsibilities with pride. The role of leadership I take at the dojo has prepared me to become an active and serving member of society. I owe much of my success and work ethic to the karate that I have taken and the excellent people that are involved at the Lakewood dojo.

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