Scott Sewell Renshi

4th Degree Black Belt, Head Instruc­tor, and Pro­gram Direc­tor (Mt Juliet).

Scott Sewell Renshi

Scott Sewell Ren­shi
4th Degree Black Belt

Joseph Scott Sewell was born Feb­ru­ary 22, 1990. He began his Mar­tial Arts career in 1994, at the age of 4. His moth­er and old­er broth­er had already earned their Black Belts in Wado Ryu at David Deaton Karate Stu­dios. He would train for 2 years and reach the rank of Blue Belt before quit­ting the Mar­tial Arts to pur­sue an inter­est in inline roller hock­ey. It would be anoth­er 10 years before return­ing to the Mar­tial Arts under the instruc­tion of his step-father, at the time 7th Dan Wayne Tyler.

 
Mr. Sewell was accept­ed into the instruc­tor train­ing pro­gram at the age of 16. He would spend every day par­tic­i­pat­ing in all class­es avail­able to him and observe all oth­er class­es — watch­ing what it took and what it meant to be a teacher. When he wasn’t being per­son­al­ly taught by Mr. Tyler, he was shad­ow­ing the head instruc­tors of the school, at the time, 3rd degree Black Belt Miles Spence and 3rd degree Black Belt Jacob Hol­land. He reaped the reward of his efforts in 2006, when he earned his 1st degree Black Belt in Wado Ryu.

Mr. Sewell began lead­ing class­es at the age of 18. By the age of 21 he had received his 3rd degree Black Belt and the title of Sen­sei. Short­ly after, he left his posi­tion as instruc­tor to pur­sue oth­er inter­ests — work­ing in many dif­fer­ent fields — rang­ing from fac­to­ry posi­tions to work­ing in the restau­rant indus­try. But his pas­sion for the art nev­er fad­ed, and he returned to teach­ing only 2 years later.

Mr. Sewell has com­pet­ed and judged in numer­ous Mar­tial Arts com­pe­ti­tions. From David Deaton inner school com­pe­ti­tions, the Music City Open, and the World Clas­sics Mar­tial Arts com­pe­ti­tion (where he earned 1st place 1st in forms, 1st place in fight­ing, and over­all Grand Cham­pi­on). Though he rarely com­petes any­more, he still offers his exper­tise as a cen­ter judge in all David Deaton host­ed competitions.

Today, Mr. Sewell holds the rank of 4th degree Black Belt and the title of Ren­shi (teacher of teach­ers), which he received on Feb­ru­ary 22, 2014. He is the pro­gram direc­tor and head instruc­tor at David Deaton’s Mount Juli­et location.

In Scott’s words, “Noth­ing fuels me like being a mar­tial arts instruc­tor. I love work­ing with the kids and meet­ing the par­ents. I always try to inspire and instill the same pas­sion into every­one I work with.”

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