Eighth Degree Black Belt and World Champion.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.
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.