Murfreesboro's first and largest private Martial Arts facility since 1972
4th Degree Black Belt, Wado Ryu
3rd Degree Black Belt, Niseido Ju Jitsu
Program Director, Business Campus Dr.
Lane Wommack has been teaching Wado Ryu Karate since 1997 and Niseido Ju Jitsu since 1999. He started his training in Wado Ryu Karate at the age of 18 with Mr. Bill Taylor at Middle Tennessee State University in 1993. During his first year of college, Mr. Wommack would receive the rank of Blue Belt before moving his training to the Bushido School of Karate. When earning the rank of Green Belt, Mr. Wommack began assistant teaching at the Bushido School of Karate and later taught his own class at Nikyu Brown Belt at the age of 22.
Mr. Wommack was promoted to the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in 1999, his 2nd degree in 2001 and 3rd degree in 2004. He regularly teaches class of all ages from our beginners on their first day to some of our adult black belts.
Mr. Wommack has received instruction in karate from:
* Master Hironori Otsuka II, Current Wado Grandmaster
* Kazutaka Otsuka - 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
* Osaka Sensei, Head of the USWWRKD in 2004
* Cecil T. Patterson (8th degree Wado-Ryu, President of U.S.E.W.R.K.D. Federation) on several occasions.
* Masafumi Shiomitsu (8th degree Wado-Ryu) several occasions.
In addition Mr. Wommack has also participated in seminars with full contact karate champions, Lafayette Lawson, Dale Sunshine Frye, Kevin Hurricane Hudson, Troy Dorsey, and Joe Lewis.
Niseido Ju Jitsu
In 1997 Mr. Wommack began his training in Niseido Ju Jitsu and assumed the responsibility of instructor of the Niseido Ju Jitsu Club at the rank of Yonkyu (Green Belt). His instruction came directly from the founder and Grandmaster of Niseido Ju Jitsu himself, Professor Rick Riccardi. Professor Riccardi has trained in the martial arts for over 50 years and holds many ranks in several martial arts: 10th dan in Vee Jitsu Ryu Ju Jitsu, 4th dan Arnis, and a 4th dan in Judo just to name a few. In February of 2006, Mr. Wommack achieved the rank of 1st degree black belt in Niseido Ju Jitsu and remains the head facilitator and chief instructor of Niseido Ju Jitsu Club at the Bushido School of Karate.
Mr. Wommack has received instruction in Ju Jitsu From:
* Grandmaster Professor Rick Riccardi
* 8th Dan Professor Mike Junsch
* 7th Dan Professor Nick Alonso
* 6th Dan Professor Tom Holste
Mr. Wommack has also participated in various Aikido, Iaido, Escrima stick and grappling seminars.
6th Degree Black Belt
Program Director, Broad Street
Steve Holt began his study of the Wado Ryu style of Karate in 1986 under the instruction of Mr. Bill Taylor. He earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1989 and was awarded his 6th Degree Black Belt in 2007.
Mr. Holt was initially drawn to the Martial Arts due to a life long fascination for it. He was also looking for a way to continue being active in sports after high school, and Karate seemed to be the perfect avenue.
Mr. Holt began teaching for Mr. Taylor as a brown belt in 1989 when he became the President and Instructor of the Karate Club of Middle Tennessee State University, where Mr. Taylor was teaching a course. He also began teaching for Mr. Taylor at his professional school at this time. His skill and enthusiasm led Mr. Taylor to name him Program Director at the Bushido School of Karate in 1995.
Mr. Holt currently teaches adult and children's programs six days a week and continues to train under the instruction of Mr. Taylor. One of Mr. Holt's favorite classes to instruct, because it is extremely challenging and rewarding, is the 3-5 year old Kinder Karate class.
Mr. Holt has worked out under the present Grand Master of Wado-Ryu Karate, Hironori Otsuka II, on several occasions. He has also trained in several seminars instructed by Sensei Kazutaka Otsuka as well as such notable Wado masters as Masafumi Shiomitsu (8th Degree), 9th degree Black Belt, Koji Takamatsu, and numerous times under the watchful eye of 8th degree Black Belt, the late Cecil T. Patterson, former head of the United States Eastern Wado Ryu Karate-Do Federation (U.S.E.W.K.F.).
Among his many achievements, Mr. Holt has placed 1st in Black Belt kata at the annual USEWKF tournament from 1997 through 2003. Mr. Holt competed for the first time since 2003 and was extremely honored to have placed 1st in kata in the 6th degree Black Belts only division at the 2008 USEWKF tournament, and he was a member of one of the winning teams in the team fighting competition.