Eberhard Greene Welch, Sr.
Eberhard Greene Welch, Sr. has studied Okinawan Shorinryu since August 13, 1970. He join the Shorinkan in 1981 (under Hanshi F.D.R. Hargrove) and currently holds the title/rank of Kyoshi, Hachidan (8th Dan) in the Shorinkan (1/5/2009). He credits his martial arts skills & abilities to the following instructors: HANSHI SHUGORO NAKAZATO (10TH DAN); Hanshi Minoru Nakazato (10th Dan); Hanshi’s Masaru Yonamine; the late Bentoku Ifuku; Jiro Shiroma; F.D.R. Hargrove; Tadashi Yamashita; William R. Hayes and Kyoshi Eddie B. Bethea, Jr. (all 8th; 9th & 10th Dan).
To ensure he stays proficient at this level, he travels every year since 1992 to Naha, Okinawa, Japan to study with his instructor the late HANSHI SHUGORO NAKAZATO son Hanshi Minoru Nakazato. He has also traveled to Virginia, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, California, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Minnesota, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Delaware, Missouri, Washington, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Canada and Okinawa, Japan to further his studies at summer and winter camps given by fellow students of HANSHI SHUGORO NAKAZATO and other Okinawan/Japanese instructors.
During this time in martial arts, he has taught over 5000 students and has personally promoted over 72 students (35 started at white belt) to Black Belt (that rank is hard to obtain from Kyoshi Welch). He has competed locally, nationally and internationally. He has won many trophies, medals and awards in Traditional Okinawan/Japanese forms. In the past 30 years (retired in 2003 & came back out from 2010 to 2013), he competed in Senior (35 to 49) & Senior Executive (50 to 59; 60 & over) forms division (favorite kata’s are Passai Dai and Gojushiho). He has also been awarded the U.S. Capitol Classics “Classics Award” 2000, Everhart’s Nippon Kenpo “Living Legend” 2001, Heilmann’s Martial Arts – 25 year Lifetime Achievement Award 2005; the WOMAA “Hall of Fame” 2009 and the U.S. Capitol Classics “Hall of Fame” 2014. He is one of the 3 founders (the late Robert E. Everhart – 2008 and James Wyatt – 2011) of the Mid-Atlantic Tournament Promotion group “Promoters Plus”. He held the position of Vice President and Rules Director from 1996 to 2008. Promoters Plus ended on July 27, 2008.
Kyoshi Welch also has taught Karate-Do seminars and classes in the USA, Canada, Jamaica, Denmark and the Virgin Islands (U.S. & British). He has been written about in several newspapers, magazines and has appeared on national television.