Instructors and senior members

Kent Chapman pictured with Mr Ohshima at the end of sandan practice at the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo in 2009.

Kent Chapman, dojo leader, sandan.

Kent Chapman began practicing karate in 1971 at the BYU dojo and obtained his black belt in 1983, later progressing to the rank of sandan. He established the Salt Lake dojo in 1978 and in addition to teaching there, he as taught karate through Community Education to both children and adults classes and worked with law enforcement agencies to teach classes in personal safety and women's self defense.

Kent has also practiced a number of other martial arts including aikido, judo, jujitsu, iaido and tai chi. He enjoys studying oriental culture and philosophy, and the history of the martial arts.

Kent graduated from the University of Utah, School of Medicine as a physician assistant in 1985
and now works in emergency medicine.

Joe Ingham, sandan.

Joe Ingham is a truly unique individual. Born with cerebral palsy, he has overcome many obstacles and accomplished many outstanding achievements. He has been practicing karate since 1968 when he joined the BYU dojo. He successfully tested for shodan in 1976 and, with continued perseverance and determination, later achieved sandan.  Despite his physical limitations, Joe has excelled because of his determination to work harder and his refusal to compromise the standard of his practice. He participates fully in all karate practices and is a formidable opponent to face.

Joe is also a talented musician, particularly on the piano, and has a degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Roger Smith, sandan.

Roger Smith began practicing karate in 1978. He attained shodan in 1988 progressing through nidan to sandan in 2007. He has been active working with the Boy Scouts and other youth groups.

A graduate of BYU, Roger operated his own business for many years installing counter tops. He now works for Delta Airlines.

Alun Thomas, sandan.

Alun Thomas first practiced karate with the SKA while working at the University of Washington for the academic year 1986-87,  having previously practiced with the Karate Union of Great Britain. He practiced with the SKA groups in Seattle and was one of the founding members of the UW Shotokan Karate dojo: he's the bearded white belt at the bottom right of the first photo on this page.

He returned to the UK from 1987 to 1995 testing for KUGB/JKA shodan in 1990 and nidan in 1993. From 1995 to 2001 Alun practiced aikido in Salt Lake City
making nidan in 2000. He returned to practice with the SKA in 2002 testing for nidan in 2005 and sandan in 2008.

Alun is a professor in Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Utah.

"One of the things I most enjoy most about the SKA is the opportunity to meet and practice with new people all over the country and abroad. In the past couple of years I've been lucky enough to practice with new friends at the central dojo in Carpinteria and in Switzerland, Boston, and Amherst. I was especially delighted to find out that there is now a dojo in Pontypridd only 5 miles from my brother's home in Wales. And, of course, it's always great to return to Seattle and Vancouver."

Steve Howe, nidan.

Steve first started practicing karate with Kent Chapman and SKA when he moved to Salt Lake City in 1987-8. While he can't remember the year he attained shodan, he does remember that he made nidan in 2000, mostly because he herniated a disc in his back at kata practice the morning of the test.

Steve is a software engineer in the Department of Medical Informatics for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

Martin Schwarz, nidan.

Martin passed his nidan test in August 2011 at the final Cate School special training.

Emily House, nidan.

Emily‘s earliest memories are of watching her parents and uncles practice karate at BYU.  Her parents, Tom and Elaine Robertson House, met in 1972 at the BYU Shotokan Karate Club.  Elaine was one of the first women in the Shotokan Karate Organization in Utah.  Tom and Elaine desired to pass this art on to their children.  In 1984, at the age of 8, Emily started karate at the Boys & Girls Club in Provo, Utah, under the instruction of her uncle, Fred House and continued to practice with him until the time of his death in 1988, when the children’s class was dissolved.  She then joined her parents and practiced with the Provo Club and the Salt Lake City Shotokan Karate dojo.  

In 1990 Emily received her brown belt and began teaching children’s classes along side her mother.  They taught in their local community and at several centers of the Learning Tree Daycare.  They also taught women’s self defense classes to young women’s groups.  Emily’s mom was among her biggest supporters and always encouraged her to practice hard and be mentally strong.  Emily and her mother Elaine, were two of the few women practicing in the club and were able to practice together until Elaine died from cancer in January, 1999. 

In 1994, at the age of 18, Emily earned her black belt.  She presented Bassai at her black belt test as her favorite kata, to honor her first instructor Fred House.  It was Fred’s favorite kata. Emily lives in the Salt Lake area and has six children.

"Karate is one of the  most important askpects of my life and I'm very proud of my heritage and the seniors who have shaped my life."

Emily passed her nidan test in August 2011 at the final Cate School special training.

Joe Ingham making front punch at the Salt Lake dojo.

Roger Smith practicing kata at Ron Thom's dojo in November 2010

Alun Thomas at the end of Canada West summer 2010 special training in Vancouver.

Emily House pictured during a free sparing match.

Martin Schwarz making kata heian godan when he was a brown belt.