(5th Degree Black Belt)
(1st Degree Black Belt)
USKL OKINAWAN KOBUDO
Sensei James has been training since 1979. He has lived in the Claremont/Upland area for most of his life, four of which he spent at the University of Redlands earning a bachelors degree in history. In 1992, after receiving his masters degree in library science from the University of Michigan, he resumed his training and received his 5th Degree Black Belt in October 2015. He assists the Shotokan karate program on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Pomona College Raines center. Sensei James also holds a Black belt in Okinawan Kobudo (weapons).
Sensei James, a reference librarian at the Ontario City Library, enjoys reading and swimming as well as karate training.
Started 1979 (Shorin-Ryu)
Shodan 1997 (Shotokan)
Godan 2015 - Sensei Aponte/Whiteside, Shihan Pickard and George Sasano (JKA)
Shodan 1998 (Ty Aponte)
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