Shihan Wayne Tyler

Eighth Degree Black Belt and World Cham­pi­on.

Shihan Wayne Tyler

Wayne Tyler
Eighth Degree Black Belt

Shi­han Tyler hails from Atlanta, Geor­gia and relo­cat­ed to Ten­nessee at the age of six. His first intro­duc­tion into the mar­tial arts was in the form of Judo at age of 14 at Stew­art Air Force Base in Smyr­na, TN. In 1965 he he start­ed his long study of the Wado sys­tem under the direc­tion of Sen­sei Guy Milaz­zo and in 1967 con­tin­ued train­ing under Sen­sei Jim­my Kit­trell. He has also received instruc­tion from Sen­sei C. T. Pat­ter­son.

Dur­ing a vis­it by the Late Grand Mas­ter H. Oht­su­ka in 1970, Mr. Tyler was spot pro­mot­ed to the rank of ShoDan (1st degree) Black Belt. This was not a com­mon prac­tice and speaks high­ly of Mr. Tyler’s abil­i­ty to per­form Wado tech­niques as they were designed.

Mr. Tyler’s exper­tise in the Wado sys­tem and the abil­i­ty to man­age allowed him to open his first full time karate school in 1972 and expand­ed to 3 dojos over a 15 year peri­od. Cur­rent­ly he is the Chief instruc­tor and head oper­a­tor at David Deaton’s Karate School in Mt. Juli­et, Ten­nessee with well over 250 stu­dents.

Wayne Tyler Bo Staff Competition

Mr. Tyler has also been very active in the com­pe­ti­tion are­na through­out the years. In 1974 he was one of the U. S. East­ern Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Fed­er­a­tion team mem­bers that trav­eled to New York com­pet­ing in the Wado Cham­pi­onships spon­sored by the Inter­na­tion­al Wado-Ryu Fed­er­a­tion. He has also com­pet­ed in the NASKA world tour and in 1999 attained the World Cham­pi­onship as num­ber 1 in forms and was ranked num­ber 2 in weapons and num­ber 3 in fight­ing.

Mr. Tyler has stud­ied two oth­er styles of mar­tial arts. Oki­nawan Kem­po Karate-Do Kobu­do (weapons) and Katori Shin­to Yoshin Ken­jut­su Ryu (samu­rai sword). In 1979 Mas­ter Sei­kichi Odo pro­mot­ed him to 1st degree black belt in weapons.

Shi­han Tyler is a true mar­tial artist and Wado-Ryu Instructor/Practitioner.

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