Steven Hewett of Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai Karate School in King has been nominated and accepted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and received their Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I am surprised and humbled to be chosen for such an honor,” he said.
Hewett’s dedication to martial arts began more than 40 years ago when he took up training in Yakima, Washington under the instruction of Hanshi Morris Mack, who has been awarded 10th degree Black Belt in Shudokan Karate. He then went on to further his training under Hanshi Walter Todd, an accomplished martial artist in the United States in karate, judo and aikido.
For more than 40 years Hewett has passed his knowledge of karate to hundreds of students and many have become black belts, while others have begun their own karate schools. Many more have competed in the AAU National Karate Program garnering state, regional, national and Jr. Olympic titles. Hewett and several students competed in the 2017 AAU Karate Nationals and earned gold and silver medals. They also competed at the 2017 Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament in Las Vegas, where Hewett won gold and bronze medals and his student Zeb Mathis earned a bronze.
“It’s not just about competition, it’s about learning life lessons through your karate training. It’s a way of life,” Hewett said. “On the wall in the dojo is a saying all students must learn, ‘It’s not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you were the day before.’”
Hewett encourages his students to apply their karate training to their life, their education and in their actions. In giving back to the community he also gives free lessons for those who are not able to afford them. Hewett hopes to continue to train and teach karate for many years to come.
For more information about Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai Karate School in King visit their Facebook page or http://www.jskd.us./