Anaheim,CA - Sensei Charles Sweigart of Lakewood Dojo in Washington will be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame during the Eleventh Annual Awards Ceremonies on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at the Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim, California. The Masters Hall of Fame is presented as part of the Disney Martial Arts Festival. Sensei Sweigart is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu karate-do and one of only seven Americans to hold a World Karate Federation kata and kumite referee A license.
In spite of coming to martial arts late, as a college graduate, Sensei Sweigart has a long list of accomplishments to his credit in his 31-year career. He earned his black belt in Shotokan Karate and was U.S. National Karate Federation Champion in 1995, 1996, and 1997. He also holds a blue belt in Gracie jiu-jitsu, and has studied aikido and kendo. As a referee, his greatest thrill was being selected to officiate in the gold medal match at the 2004 Karate World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, in front of 12,000 fans.
“It is a great honor to be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame. I was truly humbled when I found out. To be recognized by this great organization and to be in the company of so many great masters is an unforgettable experience,”
One of Sensei Sweigart’s most personal experiences was during his attendance at the 2008 World Championships at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. While visiting family he learned that his grandmother was “Bushi,” or Samurai. “I have always been fascinated with the way of the samurai,” says Sensei Sweigart, “and now, with this connection, I feel it is my destiny to continue to educate students.” Sensei Sweigart would like to acknowledge the support of his wife, Tende, his Sensei, Hanshi Julius Thiry, and his friend, Sensei Eugene Tibon. He also thanks the students, parents, and friends that make up his Dojo family.
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