Hanshi Jerry Offutt
ジェリー オフタ - 八段 - 松濤館空手道
9th Degree Black Belt - Shotokan Karate
Jerry Offutt sensei has been involved with the
martial arts for the majority of his life. Beginning at a very
young age Offutt sensei, was introduced to art of Boxing in 1963.
While in school Offutt sensei participated in Greco Roman wrestling
and kept up with his boxing. After he graduated high school
Offutt sensei started to pursue traditional karate. In 1972 Offutt sensei
enrolled into a Goju Ryu karate class in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
The Goju Ryu class dissolved after a few months,
and Offutt sensei moved on to training in Hapkido. After rigorous
training in Hapkido, Offutt sensei moved to Arkansas and began
training in Shotokan Karate in 1976 under Sensei Buddy Treadway.
Treadway sensei was a top student of Torajiro Mori sensei, who
was a multi-time Japan champion in both Kata and Kumite. After
a few years under the tutelage of Treadway sensei, Offutt sensei
began training with another one of Mori sensei's black belts
named Doug Chisam sensei. While training with Chisam sensei;
Offutt sensei also was a sparring partner several professional kickboxers.
Some of these kickboxers include Cedric “the Bull”
Rogers, and Lafayette Lawson, who were both world champion kickboxers.
Offutt sensei had a very successful but short-lived professional
kickboxing career. He retired from professional kickboxing with
an excellent record, and began pursuing the more traditional aspects
of Shotokan karate.
Over the years Offutt sensei has trained with several top instructors
in Shotokan karate instructors including Hidetaka Nishiyama and
Takayuki Mikami. However, in the early 1990’s Offutt sensei
broke away from the Japan Karate Association to create an organization
that would keep strict standards of training and adhere to a curriculum
closer to what Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi had set. This
organization is named the United Shotokan Association.
In 2001 Offutt sensei was recognized for his efforts by a Shotokan
group out of Japan, and was awarded the Shihan (or Chief Instructor
of an Organization) title by Gichin Funakoshi’s student
Ryoichi Fujihara. Sensei Fujihara also had Shihan Offutt recognized
by his Shotokan group in the Yokohama area and presented Sensei
Offutt with the rank of 7th degree Black Belt.
In 2007 Offutt Shihan was promoted to the rank
of 8th Degree Black Belt by Shotokan Master Meijin Masaki Sato
out of Osaka Japan. Meijin Sato is a national living treasure
recognized by the government of Japan for his contributions to
the martial arts, and he hold 10th degree black belts in both
Judo and Shotokan Karate. Later in 2007 Sensei Offutt was recognized
again by the Zen Bujitsu Kyokai and was registered as an 8th Degree
Black Belt by Shorin Ryu Grandmaster Seifuku Nitta out of Chatan
In September of 2007 Sensei Offutt was recognized
by the Universal Martial Arts Association and was awarded the
title of Grandmaster of the Year for his contributions to the
martial arts and his many years of training in traditional Shotokan
Offutt sensei has made numerous contributions to the martial arts
world over the years. Including working as the president of the
Arkansas Karate Circuit, and more recently has been the Arkansas
state Chairman of the American Amateur Union (AAU) Karate division.
In early 2008 Meijin Masaki Sato presented Offutt sensei with
the Hanshi title. Hanshi is the highest level instructors license
recognized by several organizations.
In 2019 Offutt sensei was registered as a 9th dan in Shotokan karate with the All Japan Budo Association.
Hanshi's 9th Dan Certificate
Hanshi's Master Instructor License