Sensei Doug Jepperson

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Doug Jepperson

6th Degree Black Belt
Board of Directors - WIKF USA


Doug Jepperson began his karate training in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1966 under Ed Parker founder of American Kenpo. A few years later Toshio Osaka 8th Dan Wado Ryu moved to Salt Lake in 1969, and Sensei Jepperson switched schools after seeing one demonstration of Shihan Osaka’s technique.

But Sensei Jepperson would say his biggest inspiration came from his Sempei Joe Sheeron and Rick Hobusch, with whom he still has close relationships after thirty-five years.

Sensei Jepperson is one of the very few practitioners of Wado to receive Dan Grading in all three groups of the Wado style, Wado Kai, JKF under The Founder Master Hironori Otsuka, Wado Kai JKF with Toshio Osaka, Wado Kai, JKF with Tatsuo Suzuki, Wado Ryu with H. Ohtsuka II, Wado Kai JKF with T. Mano, WIKF with Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan Hanshi

Sensei Jepperson has had all of the top Wado Instructors in the world teach at his own dojo, including, Teru Arakawa, coach of Nichidai and technical head of Wado Kai, Hironori Otsuka II, head of Wado Ryu, Tatsuo Suzuki most senior Wado instructor in the world 8th Dan Hanshi, Shihan Toshio Osaka, Masafumi Shiomitsu, Kiyoshi Yamazaki, Kazutaka Ohtsuka the grandson of the founder Hironori Ohtsuka, Toshio Takahashi, S. Kurobane, and the All Japan Team Coach Seiji Nishimura to name a few.

Sensei Jepperson received a B.A at the university of Utah with majors in English and Architecture, Cum Laude. Sensei Jepperson then did post graduate work in the Graduate School of Architecture for his M. Arch. Years later Sensei returned to school while living in Tennessee to study for his MBA at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management.

IN addition to karate Sensei has worked as a writer and publisher.

Publication and layout design
Crazy Horse Chronicles
War of the Mormon Cow
Black Robe Woman, including cover design
Two Fires in the Night
Copyright pending
Technical Manuals for factory built housing
Design Approval Manual for Modular Housing
Create Modular Housing Applications
Crazy Horse Forensic research on tintype “The Only Photograph of Chief Crazy Horse”
Dojo Tales

Training in Japan several times Sensei Jepperson was lucky enough to train at Nichidai, (Nihon University) the top karate college in Japan. And H. Murasai in Kyushu.

Sensei Jepperson, competed in the 1970’s and 1980’s, winning local, national and international titles, and he is proud to say he has participated in nine major International events, AAU, WUKO, Wado Kai USNKF, as a competitor, coach, and referee. Additionally Sensei has competed in Division I College Freestyle Wrestling, AAU Wrestling and boxing.

Tournament History
1st place AAU Utah state free style wrestling 1972, 72, 74
1st place Utah Open 1977
3rd place Nevada state championships
2nd place Utah Kei Shin Kan
1st place Idaho State Championships 1978
2nd place Colorado State championships 1979
1st place New Mexico Open 1980
3rd place Colorado State championships 1980
Wado Kai National Team member 1980, 1984
Wado World Championship in Tokyo, Japan, over 1,000 entered
2nd place Utah Open 1982
1st place AAU Utah State Championships
1st place AAU Western Regional Championships 1982
2nd place AAU Western Regional Championships 1984
AAU National Team Pool
3rd place Pan American, Curacao Dutch Antilles Championships, Kata 1995
USA Coach 1989, 1992 Tokyo Japan Wado Ryu
USA Coach Wado Ryu World Championships, Tokyo Japan 1992,
USA Coach WIKF Nationals, Salt Lake 1994,
USA Coach WIKF Pan Am Games Curacao 1995 ,
USA Coach WIKF World Championships Orlando Florida1997
USA Coach WIKF World Championships Dominican Republic 2001

Referree
WUKO License Referee
State Referee, WUKO
Regional Referee WUKO
National Referee USAKF
Referee, Wado Ryu World Championships, Tokyo Japan
Referee WIKF World Championships Athens Greece
Referee Utah Open 1980 to 2005

Sensei Jepperson continues to teach and train after more than 44 years in the marital arts.