Patterson Sensei's Wado Dove Wado Ryu Karate 

The US Eastern Wado Ryu Karate Federation

Tom Stevenson

Tom Stevenson, Sensei

Date of birth:  September 20, 1948
Place of birth:  Athens, Alabama (Powers Hospital)
When started training:  1978
Where trained:  Lewisburg, Tennessee & Athens, Alabama
What styles:  Wado-Ryu Karate, and additional study in Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, and Aikijujitsu.

First instructor:  Don Hendrix and Ray Cross
Date of first black belt:  Sho-Dan in 1982
Date of each subsequent black belt rank:
 Ni-Dan (2nd degree) in May 1984.
 San-Dan (3rd degree) in June 1987.
 Yon-Dan (4th degree) in June 1993.
 Go-Dan (5th degree) in September 1994.

Current rank:  Go-Dan (5th degree)
Any organizational positions:  Head of the Wado-Ryu system in Alabama, Teacher, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Athens Vietnam Veterans Association.

Date opened first school:  1985
Where first school located:  Calhoun Community College, Decatur, Alabama. Current school is located in the Athens Recreation Center, Athens, Alabama.

Any other pertinent or relevant information:

1. Taught Karate and Self-Defense at Calhoun Community College.
2. Women's Self-Defense Instructor.
3. Masters Degree in Education.
4. Married Vicki Montgomery in 1971.
5. One son, Will Stevenson.  Will attained the rank of Green Belt in Wado-Ryu.  Will is 19 years old in 1998.
6. Stevenson Sensei has had the privilege of training under the new Master Otsuka.
7. Stevenson Sensei has also had the honor of having Mr. Cecil Patterson as his personal instructor since 1986.
8. Stevenson Sensei was inducted into the Yudansha Society in September 1994.

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