David Deaton Karate


David DeatonDavid Deaton
8th Degree Black Belt
Master Instructor, David Deaton Karate Studios

Mr. Deaton is founder and director of David Deaton Karate Studios. He began studying the Martial Arts in 1965 at age 17 under Mr. Cecil T. Patterson. Mr. Deaton first began teaching in 1968, then taught and organized the MTSU Karate Club/Team while completing an MBA Degree at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation, Mr. Deaton assisted MTSU in developing karate as a credited physical education course and directed that program for nine years.

Mr. Deaton founded David Deaton Karate Studios in June, 1970 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He has been recognized for his leadership in teaching and in school operations by virtue of his appointment to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Martial Arts Centers, Wado-Karate-Do Association and Educational Management Systems. Mr. Deaton has been recognized by Who’s Who in the Martial Arts and gained national recognition as one of the top tournament competitors and currently is an eigth degree Black Belt in Wado-Karate-Do.

In 1974, he won his first of ten (10) Tennessee State Championships. In 1981 he was voted to #1 Lightweight Fighting Competitor in the nation by Karate Illustrated Magazine and subsequently was featured on the cover of that national publication. The Tennessee House of Representatives adopted a resolution praising Mr. Deaton’s national recognition and contribution to MTSU and the communities of Murfreesboro and Hendersonville.

In 1984, prior to his retirement from national competition, Mr. Deaton captained the U.S. Karate Team in the International Wado Championship held in Tokyo, Japan and again was voted #1 by Karate Illustrated, this time in the Master’s Division for both forms and fighting.

Mr. Deaton helps karate schools throughout the country to develop professionalism. He also consults with Black Belt instructors to help them improve their curriculum and instruction techniques.

In addition, he is very active in the community through the local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International. He is also involved in fund raising for Project Sparrow, a scholarship program for those less fortunate youth who would benefit from the study of the Martial Arts, the Leukemia society and the American Cancer Association.

In the 1998 NASKA circuit, Mr. Deaton was ranked #1 in forms, #3 in weapons and #3 in fighting for the Fifty and over Black Belt World rating.

In the 1999 NASKA circuit, Mr. Deaton was ranked #1 in fighting in the 50 and over Black Belt World rating.

In 2008, Mr. Deaton achieved his 8th degree Black Belt

Cecil T. Patterson

Cecil T. Patterson was born in Sevier County, Sevierville, Tennessee on June 23, 1930 and became interested in the art of self defense due to being in law enforcement. He was first exposed to the art while attending a law enforcement training school taught by an FBI agent. During the month of August, 1955, he enrolled in a karate school while serving in the United States Navy, stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, under the direct supervision of Master Kazuo Sakura, Go-Dan, and trained for a period of fifteen hours per week for a two year period.

Mr. Patterson received his San-Dan (3rd degree Black Belt) in 1959 and was advanced to the degree of Yon-Dan (4th degree Black Belt) in 1964. His Go-Dan (5th degree Black Belt) was awarded by Master H. Otsuka on December 1, 1968, then the highest rank in the Wado system. He ulitmately achieved Hachi-Dan (8th degree Black Belt).

Mr. Patterson was the highest ranking occidental in the Wado System. Due to his years of training, teaching and his devotion to the Wado System, he was instructed by Master Otsuka to establish the United States Eastern Wado-Kai Federation, which was initiated during 1968, and headed the same as president and head instructor. As president, Mr. Patterson was responsible to Master Otsuka for all Wado dojos in the eastern United States.

The first Wado karate school in the eastern United States was opened by Mr. Patterson in 1961 in Nashville, Tennessee.

There are presently Wado karate schools in Tennessee, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana and Alabama.

Mr. Patterson served as the State Representative, Regional Director for the United States Karate Association and was on the research board (in reference to the Wado system) of the mentioned association.

Mr. Patterson resided in Nashville with his wife Joan. His oldest son, John, holds the rank of Ni-Dan (2nd degree Black Belt) and has trained from the age of six in Judo and Karate. Mr Patterson also had a daughter, Vicki, who holds the rank of San-Kyu in Judo.

Sensei Patterson passed away on October 27, 2002 at the age of 72.

Hironori Otsuka
(February 24, 1934)

OTSUKA Sensei was born in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from the Meii University, Tokyo, Japan, receiving a degree in economics.

Mr. Otsuka and his wife, Aiko, have three children. The oldest child, Kazutaka, born in 1965, has trained in Iai-Do, Judo and Wado-Ryu karate. Kazutaka is presently the Chief Instructor at the main dojo in Tokyo, Japan. A daughter, Riki, born in 1967, has trained in Iai-Do and Wado-Ryu karate. The youngest is a son, Michi, born in 1968,

Otsuka, Sensei began his training in Wado-Ryu karate as the age of fifteen years. He has trained in Iai-Do, Ken-Do, Judo, Aiki-Do and Wado Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu Kempo.

In 1983, Otsuka, Sensei, upon the death of his father (Hironori Otsuka, Creator and Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu) succeeded to the headmaster and president of the International Wado-Ryu-Karate-Do organization. There are presently over 1,000 dojos throughout the world under his supervision.

Master Hironori OtsukaMaster Hironori Otsuka

As it exists today, the Wado system is the culmination of a life's work by it's founder, Sensei Hironori Otsuka. Sensei Otsuka, a former headmaster of the Shindo-Yoshin Jujitsu Ryu, studied karate under master Gichin Funakoshi. With his background in jujitsu, Sensei Otsuka was able to combine the karate and jujitsu movements into one unique style of karate. While some might have been content with this new concept, Sensei Otsuka was not. His work toward furthering the art of karate was a never-ending struggle.

In 1934, he developed rules and regulations for free fighting (kumite) within the Wado system. For his outstanding contribution to karate, the Japanese government awarded Sensei Ostsuka with the Fifth Order of Merit. In 1972, Sensei Otsuka received the highest award that can be given by the Emperor of Japan , The Hanshi Award. With this came the honor of being ranked at the head of all martial arts system within the All-Japan Karate-Do Federation.

Sensei Otsuka and the five members of his family resided in Tokyo, Japan. His second son, Jiro, is the chief instructor for the Wado Kai system.

Wado simply means “the way of peace.” This translation exemplifies its founder, for Sensei Otsuka was truly a man of peace.

Master Otsuka passed away in 1982 at the age of 89. Mr. Jiro Otsuka has since taken his father’s place as master of Wado Ryu karate.