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