- Grant Campbell (martial arts)
Grant Campbell 師範, Shihan, became one of the highest ranked foreign martial artists outside of
Japanand the only foreigner to be ranked in the top rankings of the Masters division at the most Prestigious Martial Arts event in the world, the World KarateChampionships in Okinawa. Campbell began his study of the martial arts with encouragement from his father, who had served in the military in Japan and studied the basics of karate in Okinawa. Campbell has spent extensive periods of time in Japan since his youth.
Having achieved the distinction of World Karate Champion, Campbell is also one of the leading exponents of a small family karate system originating from China (via Okinawa), renown for its powerful techniques and practical methods. Campbell's martial arts organization is a private non-political group, that attempts to maintain the correct focus and practice methods of karate and is an authentic standard bearer. Associated member schools are in Canada, United Kingdom, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, and Japan.
Campbell, an International Karate Hall of Fame inductee, studied under the guidance of some of the finest martial arts masters in the world and has achieved distinctions that few Americans have ever received. He was the youngest American to ever be awarded both the prestigious Master grade of 7th Dan from the Okinawan Karate Association in Japan and the title of Shihan from the Official Japanese governing body. In addition to being a 9 time USA National Karate Champion, 5 time North American Cup Champion and International Karate Champion, he also holds instructor level rankings in several other martial arts. Appointed to the National Coaching Staff for the USA Karate Federation and the National Technical Committee for the U.S. Jiu-Jitsu Federation, makes Campbell exemplary in ability to develop and promote authentic arts in the U.S.A.
An international competitor on various USA teams for nearly 20 years, as well as winner of hundreds of competitive awards including state, national, international and world championship titles in Karate and Full Contact Fighting, Campbell devotes his time currently to studying and teaching the martial arts in addition to continuing post graduate studies and holds a degree in Oriental Medicine. Campbell also continues to serve as an advisor to several martial arts organizations.
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