Heather Lipin

Maryland, USA

Main Roster Page


Heather Lipin has had a life-long interest in Asian culture and traditional arts. While completing her international studies degree with a special emphasis in Japan, she trained with her college’s karate club. After college she worked with a Japanese Government office in Washington, DC on policy issues and at the same time began training in Uechi-Ryu. Heather’s interest expanded from the martial arts to the healing arts and she left her job to pursue a Master’s in Acupuncture. Heather is currently in private practice as a board certified acupuncturist in Bethesda, Maryland. She has also recently begun training in traditional Chinese qi gong. Heather’s hope is for everyone to lead a life full of joy and possibility while seeking personal growth. She is thrilled to be a part of this tour and to be able to visit so many great teachers with such a wonderful group of women!

contact me


Personal Information  

Current occupation or profession


Marital Status


Children and Ages:

Hobbies, special interest or skills

Horseback Riding, Reiki and Cooking

Age 33


Karate Information

Current Rank


Total years of study

8 years

Current Dojo

Washington Karate Academy

Current style

Uechi Ryu

Dojo location

Washington, D.C.

Current Instructor

Robert A. Kaiser

Association affiliation

Okikukai/ Shohei Ryu

Karate Training and Years attended

1988-1992 - Kenyon College Karate Club (Shito-ryu and Juijitsu)

1990-1991 - Shotokan Karate Club, Waseda University, Tokyo

1990-1991 - Aikido Club, Waseda University, Tokyo

2000-2003 - George Mattson’s Summer Camp of the Tiger, Crane, & Dragon

1996-2003 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Workouts

2002 - FAST Defense (Fear Adrenal Stress Training)– basics & ground training

2002 - DC Self-Defense Society – Women’s Self Defense Seminar

1999-2003 - James Thompson Technique Seminars

1996, 1998, 2000 - Peggy Hess – Visiting Instructor Seminar

1996, 2002 - Frank Gorman – Visiting Instructor Seminar

1996, 2000, 2001 - Ken Nakamatsu – Visiting Instructor Seminar

2002 - Raffi Derderian – Visiting Instructor Seminar (Filipino Martial Arts)

1997 - Robert Campbell – Visiting Instructor Seminar


Karate Promotions


Certificate Number

Date of Issue

Location of Promotion



April 10, 1999

Washington, D.C.

Nidan 2509 July 30, 2000 Washington, D.C.
Sandan TBA December 13, 2003 Washington, D.C.


Educational Background

College / University / Vocational School :  

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH,
B.A. International Studies – Asian Area Concentration
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (Junior Year Abroad)

Post Graduate Work:

Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI Sophia), Columbia, MD 
Masters of Acupuncture, Board Certified
Certified Reiki Level II Practitioner


At what age did you begin to study karate?  

17 years old.

Why did you choose to study karate?

I was going to college and on my own for the first time. I wanted to find a way to build my self-confidence and at the same time meet people and get a good workout.

Was there a reason why you chose to study Uechi Ryu?

I liked the uprightness of the style. Sanchin kata intrigued me. The students I observed in class moved well from their center and had powerful techniques. The teacher I observed threw strong techniques at his women students and they were able to effectively counter them.

What does this tour to Okinawa mean to you?

This tour is an amazing opportunity to meet and workout with lifelong practitioners of Uechi and meet a group of women as passionate about martial arts as I am.

How has your martial arts study affected or changed you life?

Before I started martial arts I was petrified of public speaking. Through training I have gained confidence in myself and in my abilities. I have learned to be in the present and make the most of each moment.

Women’s Friendship Tour association, inc. Marguerite Hess, 3576 N.E.Skyline Drive,  Jensen Beach, Florida 34957  Telephone: (772) 334- 7731 

e-mail: peggyhess@womenskaratetour.org OR dphess@bellsouth.net   

Click here to see an up to date list of our sponsors