Shihan David Deaton

Eighth Degree Black Belt.
Founder of David Deaton Karate Studios

David Deaton Founder of David Deaton Karate Studios

David Deaton

David Deaton was born Sep­tem­ber 4, 1947, and began his long study of Wado Ryu karate in 1965, at the age of 17, under the direct super­vi­sion of Cecil T. Pat­ter­son. Deaton first began teach­ing karate in 1968, then taught and orga­nized the MTSU Karate Club/Team while com­plet­ing an MBA degree at Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­sity. After grad­u­a­tion, Deaton assisted MTSU in devel­op­ing karate as an accred­ited phys­i­cal edu­ca­tion course and directed that pro­gram for nine years.

Deaton founded David Deaton Karate Stu­dios in June, 1970 in Hen­der­son­ville, Ten­nessee. He has been rec­og­nized for his lead­er­ship in teach­ing and in school oper­a­tions by virtue of his appoint­ments to the boards of direc­tors for the U.S. East­ern Wado Ryu Fed­er­a­tion, U.S. Mar­tial Arts Cen­ters and Edu­ca­tional Man­age­ment Sys­tems. He has been rec­og­nized by Who’s Who’s in the Mar­tial Arts, and gained national recog­ni­tion as one of the top tour­na­ment competitors.

In 1974, he won his first of ten, Ten­nessee State Cham­pi­onships. In 1981, he was voted the #1 Light­weight Fight­ing Com­peti­tor in the nation by Karate Illus­trated Mag­a­zine and sub­se­quently was fea­tured on the cover of that national pub­li­ca­tion. The Ten­nessee House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives adopted a res­o­lu­tion prais­ing Deaton’s national recog­ni­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to MTSU and the com­mu­ni­ties of Murfrees­boro and Hen­der­son­ville, Ten­nessee. In 1984, prior to his retire­ment from national com­pe­ti­tion, he cap­tained the U.S. Karate Team in the Inter­na­tional Wado Cham­pi­onship held in Tokyo, Japan and again was voted #1 by Karate Illus­trated, this time in the Master’s Divi­sion for both forms and fight­ing. In 1998, on the NASKA com­pe­ti­tion cir­cuit, Deaton was ranked #1 in forms, #3 in weapons, and #3 in fight­ing for the Fifty and over Black Belt World rat­ing. In 1999, on the NASKA com­pe­ti­tion cir­cuit, he was ranked #1 in fight­ing in the 50 and over Black Belt World rating.

In 2008 Mr. Deaton was awarded his eight degree black belt.

Deaton has been active in devel­op­ing sport karate and hosted the nation­ally famous South­ern Amer­i­can Cham­pi­onships Karate Tour­na­ment for many years. He helps karate schools through­out the coun­try to develop pro­fes­sion­al­ism. He also con­sults with instruc­tors to help them improve their cur­ricu­lum and instruc­tor tech­niques. In addi­tion, he is very active in the com­mu­nity through the local Cham­ber of Com­merce and Rotary Inter­na­tional. He is also involved in fund-raising for Project Spar­row, a schol­ar­ship pro­gram for those less for­tu­nate youth, who would ben­e­fit from the study of the mar­tial arts, the Leukemia and Lym­phoma Soci­ety and the Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety. He mar­ried his wife Linda, July 31, 1982. They reside in Hen­der­son­ville, Ten­nessee, and both remain very active in the pro­mo­tion of the mar­tial arts.

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