Kent Chapman, dojo leader, sandan.
Kent Chapman began practicing karate in 1971 at the BYU dojo and obtained his black belt in 1983, later progressing to the rank of sandan. He established the Salt Lake dojo in 1978 and in addition to teaching there, he as taught karate through Community Education to both children and adults classes and worked with law enforcement agencies to teach classes in personal safety and women’s self defense.
Kent has also practiced a number of other martial arts including aikido, judo, jujitsu, iaido and tai chi. He enjoys studying oriental culture and philosophy, and the history of the martial arts.
Kent graduated from the University of Utah, School of Medicine as a physician assistant in 1985 and now works in emergency medicine.
Alun Thomas, yodan.
Alun Thomas first practiced karate with the SKA while working at the University of Washington for the academic year 1986-87, having previously practiced with the Karate Union of Great Britain. He practiced with the SKA groups in Seattle and was one of the founding members of the UW Shotokan Karate dojo.
He returned to the UK from 1987 to 1995 testing for KUGB/JKA shodan in 1990 and nidan in 1993. From 1995 to 2001 Alun practiced aikido in Salt Lake City making nidan in 2000. He returned to practice with the SKA in 2002 testing for nidan in 2005, sandan in 2008, and yodan in 2018. Alun is a Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Utah.
Martin Schwarz, nidan.
Martin passed his nidan test in August 2011 at the final Cate School special training.