3rd Dan – Okinawan Shorinryu Karatedo
Sensei Susan Bateman received her 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan) on July 30, 2000, from Master Tadashi Yamashita. Susan was the first student to be promoted by Master Yamashita other than Kyoshi. She has been assisting alongside her husband, Kyoshi Jeff Bateman, since that time. Sensei Susan received her 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan) on August 2, 2003, from Kyoshi Bateman. On August 26, 2006, she received her 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) from Master Yamashita. She enjoys teaching at both the Hampton and Suffolk schools and helping in any way she can. She currently serves on the Activities Committee overseeing everything from fundraising to activity planning.
Sensei Susan has competed in the Commonwealth Games of Virginia bringing home Gold in Kumite (sparring), Kata (open hand forms), Kobudo (weapons), and Team Kata. She has also received several special honors including induction into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in June of 2001 for “Associate Instructor of the Year” and induction into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame in January of 2006 for “Excellence in Teaching Martial Arts”.
In 2003, Susan traveled with her family and Master Yamashita to Okinawa and Japan. While there she had the opportunity to train in Sensei Matayoshi’s dojo and to experience many aspects of Japanese culture.
Susan is employed by Peninsula Pulmonary Associates in Newport News, Virginia. She resides in Hampton with her husband, Jeff, and their son, Jeremy Hall. When Susan is not working or at the dojo, she enjoys relaxing, spending time with her friends, and loves to water ski and play water volleyball.