6th Dan, Okinawa Village Karate, Michigan

Scott Karns earned his 6th Dan at the Okinawa Village Karate Dojo
Scott Karns earned his 6th Dan at the Okinawa Village Karate Dojo

My, began my karate training at the Graham Dojo in September of 1996. Under Sensei’s Ruby and Dan Graham, I studied Shotokan for 4 years. Then in 2000 the Grahams, under the guidance of Sensei Hutchcroft, began to migrate their school to Matsumua Seito Shorin Ryu. Though the Grahams were in the process of changing to Matsumura Seito, I was tested and received my Sho Dan in Shotokan in June of 2001.

Later that year I began training at Sensei Hutchcroft’s Dojo on during his Saturday Yudansha work outs. In the fall of 2002, I was invited to train full time at the Sensei Hutchcroft’s and became his student in 2004 when the Graham’s closed their dojo to train full time with Sensei.
In 2012 I was promoted Yon Dan and was awarded my Small Doubled Bladed Axe.

Over the last 15 years I have had the honor of traveling the country with Sensei Hutchcroft supporting him in Seminars and competing in National and International tournaments such as the USKK, USKA and the PKC.

Currently I hold the rank of Roku Dan (6th) degree Black Belt, Dojo Activities Director, and Non-Instructor of children.

Sensei group picture -Ruby Graham
Sensei group picture -Scott Karns (behind Phillip Koeppel to the right)