James Copeland

His karate journey began with The Goju style under Lou Angel in Tulsa, Ok. and continued in Shotokan beginning in 1965 , under Shojiro Sugiyama in Chicago.  That Shotokan journey continues today, nearly 5 decades after that experience in the Sugiyama Dojo.


He first joined ATAMA in 1993 at the recommendation of Sensei Elmar Schmeisser, who was a member of ATAMA. That year, the president of ATAMA was Bernie Weiss from the Southern California Chapter.



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