Instructors

All of our Karate Instructors have very deep backgrounds in karate.  All are up-to-date on USOC SafeSport Certifications and NCIS Background checks.  Each certify annually to coach with USA Karate for Signature events.

DougheadshotHead Instructor, Sensei Doug Jepperson

Dan Grading

7th Dan – Wado International Karate-Do Federation
7th Dan – Chuck Merriman, Lee Grey USA Karate-Do Kyokai

Training

Sensei Jepperson began his karate training in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1966 under Ed Parker, founder of American Kenpo. A few years later, Toshio Osaka, 8th Dan Wado Ryu, moved to Salt Lake and Sensei Jepperson switched schools after seeing one demonstration of Sensei Osaka’s technique.

Sensei Jepperson is one of the few Senior Wado people in the world to have taken Dan testing with all three Wado groups. Shodan with the founder of Wado Hironori Otsuka, years later testing with his son Jiro Otsuka for Sandan, then testing in front of T. Mano the President of JKF and Wado Kai for his 4th Dan. After this Sensei Jepperson trained exclusively with Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan Hanshi, Master Otsuka’s senior student and most renowned Wado instructor in the world, 5th Dan and 6th Dan.

Current Positions

USANKF Karate Board of Directors, Member US Olympic Committee

USANK “USA” Karate Technical Committee USA Karate, member of US Olympic Committee.

USANKF, Senior Caucus member  USANKF – National Referee  USANKF – Certified Coach  WIKF (Wado International Karate-Do Federation)-USA, board of director,  WIKF-USA Technical Committee

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Sensei Jon Groot
Instructor
Park City Karate™ Team Head Coach
WIKF USA Coach

Dan Grading

4th Dan 2015
3rd Dan 2005
2nd Dan 2001
1st Dan 1997

Training
Jon has spent over 23 years training as a martial artist. For the past ten years he has been an instructor with Park City Karate helping both youth and adult students improve their physical prowess and self-confidence. Jon’s undergraduate degree in Education combined with his graduate studies in Exercise Physiology have helped him become a better, more educated martial arts instructor.

Competition Experience
Over 60 medals won in 10 years of national and international competition

USA National Team alternate, US Open Champion +35, 4 time Utah State Champion, 5 time USA WADO National Team member

Education

  • Doctoral Degree in Exercise Physiology, University of Utah
  • Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, University of Utah

Minor in Coaching, University of Utah

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Sensei Pamela Jepperson
Children’s Program Director
Park City Karate ™ Team Manager
WIKF USA Coach

 

Dan Grading

3rd Dan – 2015
2nd Dan – 1994
1st Dan – 1989

Training
Sensei Pam ‘married’ into karate.  Her husband, Doug, and his sons were already well into their karate careers when they met.  Initially, her job was filming, photographing and ‘coaching’ from the stands.  Training began in Tennessee where she earned her 1st Dan.   Her strength lies in teaching and coaching our youngest athletes.

When her Ninja’s take a belt test or compete, win or lose, you can trust that Sensei Pam is right there at the mat with them.  Seeing their effort, and their complete joy at having done something well means more than any gold medal.  ‘Every child is an athlete’ is a code by which she teaches and coaches.  It’s very easy to see the Elite athlete and feel pride in their accomplishment.  Harder, but – perhaps – even more rewarding is watching a young child earn their first belt, or score their first point or even – win that first medal.

Sensei Pam introduced ‘Sportsmanship Medals’ to our program.  No participation medals for us.  Our youngest karate kids, will tell you that it’s hard work and self control that is to be rewarded.  Many times, these Ninja’s will bring in a Sportsmanship Medal earned at a regional tournament to show their classmates.   The pride they exude – knowing they earned that medal by demonstrating best effort and good sportsmanship – is awesome.

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Sensei Kai Beckett
Instructor
Park City Karate™ Team Coach
WIKF USA Coach

Dan Grading
1st Dan – 2015

Sensei Kai began his karate training with Park City Karate™ in 2011.  Kai has been a competitor since 2012 in regional, national and international tournaments, earning a Silver Medal in Kumite in the USA Open in Las Vegas along with numerous medals in regional events.

Sensei Kai is a gifted instructor with all ages.  He is able to communicate with our 4 year old Ninja’s on their level and be equally effective with our Junior and Adult students.  His athleticism, passion and hard work elevate everyone with whom he trains.

Sensei Kai continues to pursue Elite level training, traveling to work with National Team Coaches.