Grand Master Roger D. Overholt, Ku-Dan (9th Degree Black Belt)
Roger D. Overholt began his martial arts training in 1978, 
at Walters State Community College in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate.
He has studied with Isshinryu Practitioners, Tae Kwon Do, 
Dragon-Cobra-Te,Torite, and Mixed Martial Arts. Overholt has studied 
and currently teaches traditional Okinawan weapons. He is currently 
the chief of the Morristown TN Police Department and continues his 
karate training with several master level instructors.  Roger Overholt 
instructs law enforcement officers throughout the state of TN.  
He is chief instructor for Overholt’s Karate Studio and has taught 
karate classes at Kingwoods School for Children; he also has served 
as an assistant instructor for the Walters State Community College Karate Club.  

Mr. Overholt was a charter member of the Okinawan Karate Do Union.
He resigned from O.K.U. in December 2015 he currently is
a member of the  Dragon-Cobra-Te System, Traditional Okinawan Karate 
Association, and the Dragon Society International. He is ranked as a 
Shichi Dan in the Dragon-Cobra-Te System, Roku Dan by the TOKA and a 
Yon-Dan by the Dragon Society International. Overholt has also been 
recognized as a Yon Dan by Seibukan USA. He is a member of the United 
States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Overholt’s Karate School is a partner 
with the Knoxville Martial Arts Academy.

Martial Arts Experience 

As of 2016, He has more than thirty-eight (38) years training in      
Shorin Ryu Karate and various styles of martial arts.
Chief instructor at Overholt’s Karate Studio for 28 years.

Has served as an assistant instructor for Walters State Community College Karate Club.

Served as chief instructor for Kingswood School Karate Program.

Served as combat and defensive training instructor for East TN Law 
Enforcement Training Academy for 13 years.

Recognized for outstanding service to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

Has conducted trainer for S.W.A.T. and S.O.R.T. teams throughout the state of TN.

Has received numerous competition awards in free fighting, empty hands,
and weapons kata.

Trained several students who were recognized as State Champions. 

15-September 2018 Ku-Dan Promotion (9th Degree Black Belt)

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