3rd Dan – Okinawan Shorinryu Karatedo
2013 USA National State Games Medalist
2013 World Karate Hall of Fame Inductee
2012 State Games of Virginia Medalist
2011 State Games of Virginia Medalist
Sensei Brandon began training in the Martial Arts back in 1983 at the Suffolk National Guard Armory under Sensei Larry Doggette. He was promoted to yellow belt when he stopped taking karate to pursue music and art studies. It was during these early days when he met Kyoshi Bateman at Brooks Racquet ball club. Brandon’s older brother Rabbit was training under Bateman in the adult class.
Later in college Brandon Studied Aikido under Sensei Hamada and obtained Blue belt rank (White>Yellow>Orange>Green>Blue>Brown>Black). Aikido is all about using your opponents energy against them and is very much like the art of the open hand without a sword.
Brandon also studied hand to hand combat training in the United States Army. This consisted of knife attacks, body throws, arm locks, bayonet training and stick fighting.
He has always been intrigued with utilizing the nunchukas, butterfly knive, throwing stars, samurai sword, bo staff and other self-defense weapons.
Brandon signed up for martial arts under the watchful eye of Kyoshi Bateman back in 1999. He has participated in numerous VA State games and has won several medals. During his tenure at the Suffolk school Brandon has seen many changes and improvements to the Shorin Ryu system.
Under the study of Kyoshi Bateman and Master Tadashi Yamashita, Brandon agrees that he has learn from the very best instructors in the world.
Brandon recommends these books for reading: Spirit of Japanese Classical Martial Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives by Hiroyuki Teshin Hamada; Classical Kata of Okinawan Karate by Pat McCarthy; The Tao of Jeet Kun Do by Bruce Lee; The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine; Tae Kwon Do by Richard Chun; Baguazhang: Emei Baguazhang Theory and Applications (Chinese Internal Martial Arts) by Master Liang; and any book or video by Master Tadashi Yamashita is a great training resource…too many to list!