Criteria for the Shihan title within the USCKF include at least 40 years of age, rank of Yon Dan or higher, and 25 years of training and service to the organization. In addition, the title may be awarded to individuals below the rank of Yon Dan if the the other two requirements are met and the individual has exhibited extraordinary dedication and service to the organization. There is no fee or test involved, the title of Shihan is an honor to the organization as much as it is to the individual. An individual may not apply for the title.


William J. Dometrich, Hanshi
March 15, 1935 - March 22, 2012
Ku Dan (Ninth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Chairman and Chief Instructor Emeritus USCKF
Began study of Chito-ryu 1952
Promoted to Sho Dan 1954
Promoted to Shichi Dan and title "Kyoshi" by O-Sensei 1971
Promoted to Hachi Dan and title "Hanshi" by Hanshi Tesshin Hamada of the Dai Nippon Butokukai (DNBK) 1999
Promoted to Ku Dan by DNBK in Kyoto, Japan 2008
Barbara E. Dometrich (Okusan), Kyoshi
Roku Dan (Sixth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Co-Founder USCKF
Chairman USCKF
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1962
Also holds black belts in Kendo and Iaido
Lawrence C. Hawkins, Jr., Esq., Kyoshi
Hachi Dan (Eighth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Chief Advisor/Chairman Emeritus USCKF
Technical Team Coordinator
Began Study of Chito-ryu in 1962
Chief Instructor Yoseikan II Dojo, Cincinnati, OH
Arthur Rott, Shihan
1918-November 2001
Shichi Dan (Seventh Degree Black Belt) awarded posthumously
Began study of Chito-ryu 1966
Founder Yoseikan Apopka Dojo, Apopka, FL
Sherry (Dometrich) Kembre, Kyoshi
Shichi Dan (Seventh Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
USCKF Vice Chair and Assistant Administrator
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1971
Chief Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo
Terry Collis, Shihan
Roku Dan (Sixth Degree Black Belt) Member DNBK
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1962
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo
Jerry Beshears, Kyoshi
Roku Dan (Sixth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began study of Chito-ryu 1966
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo
Stephen Wilhelm, Renshi
Roku Dan (Sixth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1967
Also holds rank in Aikido
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo
Don Schmidt, Renshi
Roku Dan (Sixth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
USCKF Judicial Committee
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1972
Chief Instructor Northern Kentucky University Karate Club
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo
John Wellbrock, Renshi
Roku Dan (Sixth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1973
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo
Warren Pochinski, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1954
Instructor Fort Bragg Yoseikan Dojo, Fort Bragg, NC
Michael Colling, Renshi
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1971, Joined USCKF 1996
Chief Instructor Marion Bridge Yoseikan Dojo, Nova Scotia, Canada
Barbara Tarczynski, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
USCKF Judicial Committee
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1971
Chief Instructor Maryland Yoseikan Dojo
Dr. Jesse Brown, Jr., Min.D, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1971
Chief Instructor Rochester Chito-ryu Dojo, Rochester, NY
Brown
Gerald Meade, Renshi
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1972
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo
J. Wesley Ernest, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1975 NKU
Instructor at Five Seasons Health Club
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo
Kevin Drummond, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1977
Chief Instructor Bridgeport Yoseikan Dojo, Bridgeport, WV
Lawrence Hawkins III, Esq., Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1980
Instructor Yoseikan II Dojo, Cincinnati, OH
Eric Ford, Renshi
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1981
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo

James Acampora, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt)
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1981 - Shihan Art Rott
Chief Instructor Yoseikan of Orlando II Dojo, Orlando, FL

William Jansak, RN, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1982
Holds Rank of San Dan Ryukyu Hozon Shinkokai Kobudo
Matthew Scott, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1982
Instructor Yoseikan II Dojo, Cincinnati, OH
Laura Stith Deck, PhD, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1983
Instructor Yoseikan II Dojo, Cincinnati, OH
Tony DiTerlizzi, Shihan
Go Dan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1985
Resides in CT

Joseph J. Schertler, Shihan
12/2/17 - November, 1987
Yon Dan (Forth Degree Black Belt)
Received Shihan title posthumously 10/18/98
Greg Morris, Shihan
Yon Dan (Fourth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1979
Instructor Yoseikan II Dojo, Cincinnati, OH
Jamie Binkley, Shihan
Yon Dan (Fourth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1980 - Shihan Art Rott
Chief Instructor Yoseikan of Orlando III Dojo, Orlando, FL
Joseph Petty, Shihan
Yon Dan (Fourth Degree Black Belt) DNBK Certified
Began Study of Chito-ryu 1984
Chief Instructor 9th District Yoseikan Karate Club
Instructor Yoseikan Hombu Dojo