Martial Arts Instruction
Peter holds a third-degree black belt (sandan) in Shinpu-ren, a style of karate developed by Okinawan, Japanese, and Korean practitioners originally brought to the US by Yoichi Nakachi.* Peter earned his shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1993 under Hanshi (highest ranking instructor) John Kraemer of Aberdeen, WA. Since that time, he has trained and taught when opportunities arise, all with the intention of continuing his journey as a martial artist through bringing young people and adults the values of self-control, confidence, discipline, and physical mastery that comes with martial arts training.
As a martial arts instructor, Peter seeks a balance between
the protocols of traditional martial arts training (TMA), semi-contactsport competition, and the mixed martial arts (MMA) focus that many training facilities are now geared toward. He
understands and appreciates the value that this range of
approaches can bring to the experience of martial arts
training and seeks to integrate many of the most salient
combative insights that have been gained by the rise of MMA
in our culture. Peter emphasizes movement, distance, and technical mechanics as fundamental principles which maximize the effectiveness of karate-based striking /self-defense and set it apart from many other styles of unarmed combat.
Peter has recently taught the North Seattle College martial arts program and is a frequent guest teacher at his native dojo, Morningstar Karate in Aberdeen WA. If you live in the Grays Harbor area and are interested in karate training, Morningstar Karate offers a great program for kids and adults alike, emphasizing a balance of physical fitness,and traditional karate striking and self-defense technique, all within a unique character building environment designed to accelerate and solidify the development of individual moral responsibility in it's practitioners.
* In addition to bringing Shinpu-ren to the US, Nakachi had a reputation for being somewhat aggressive in his approach to prosthelytizing his brand of karate. Perhaps the most famous example of this occurred during his time at University of Washington where he met and challenged fellow student Bruce Lee to a contest of style against style. According to eye witness testimony (including Linda Lee), Bruce handily won the exchange due to superior speed and aggressiveness, overpowering Nakachi with strikes and forcing him to submit. Today, we have learned from Nakachi's error that day, and never seek hostile confrontation,- sportingly or otherwise.