6th Dan, Cascade Village Karate, Michigan
Tedd O’Neill’s interest in karate began in 1972. He was ten years old and was fortunate to have Tadashi Yamashita as his first instructor. In 1982, his adult practice began again under Sensei Gene Wudkewych and Kobayoshi Seito Shorin-Ryu continued until 1998. Mr. O’Neill followed Sensei Wudkewych in a style change to Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu Koeppel Ha from 1998-2003. In 2003, Mr. O’Neill asked Sensei John Hutchcroft if he could become a student and began traveling to Holt Michigan for his personal training. Mr. O’Neill has run his own dojo since 2008.
Sensei O’Neill holds the rank of 6th Degree black belt. His first karate lesson was with Tadashi Yamashita on Eastern street in Grand Rapids Mi in 1972.
Adult practice began for Mr O’Neill in 1982. Those early years were spent practicing Kobayashi Shorin-Ryu karate under Sensei Gene Wudkewych. In 1998 Mr. O’Neill switched to Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu as brought to us by Hanshi Phillip Koeppel under Sensei John Hutchcroft.
Sensei O’Neill occasionally competes and has won numerous trophies and two national titles in kata competition in United States Karate Do-Kai. Sensei O’Neill prefers to focus on personal development rather than competition. Students that wish to compete will receive coaching but is not required.