Janice Bass


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Janice started in martial arts at age 17. Always being drawn to trying different things, she took advantage of the opportunity when approached to join a new karate school to learn self defense. Although she became discouraged at times, with encouragement Janice persevered, even keeping the school going when the original instructors left. Over time Janice has taught in various locations, eventually opening up a commercial school in 1994 in Fort Myers, Florida. Having been introduced to various martial arts by Sensei Joe Bass, she took up the study of other arts. Janice has achieved the ranks of Nidan in Kendo, and Shodan in Iaido. Following the death of her husband in 2001, Janice consciously chose to remain with Shohei/ Uechi Ryu, Kendo, Iaido, and Kobudo to promote their growth, helping others to use these arts to better their lives and develop self achievement. Janice believes in the many facets to the arts and that one just needs to stay on that continued conquest of the search for knowledge. 

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Personal Information
Current occupation or profession Instructor
Marital Status Widow
Hobbies, special interest or skills Equestrian, Youth ministry
Age 47
Karate Information
Current Rank Godan
Total Years of Study 31 Years
Current Style Shohei/Uechi Ryu
Current Dojo Bushi-Kan Martial Arts School
Dojo Location Labelle, St. Myers, Punta Gorda (Florida)
Current Instructor Jack Summers
Association Affiliation Okikukai, American Uechi Ryu Karate Association
Karate and other Martial Training and years attended a.†Uechi-Ryu: James Thompson Seminars: 1994 & 1996; 2000 & 2001, 2002.
b.†Uechi/Shohei: Jack Summers: 2000, 2001, 2003

c. Training seminars: Peggy Hess: Bushi Kan Dojo: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
d. Kendo:  SEUSKF: promotional/training; 1998, 1999
e. Bushi-Kan Kendo Training seminars: 1998-2003
f. Iaido:† Shimabukuro Seminar: 2000
g. Iaido Taikai Pretournament Training Seminar: 2000

h. Kendo Training Seminar at the Shidoguakin Dojo in Miami with Kato Sensei, 2000

Other Martial Arts or Weapons Studies

a.†Kendo (Japanese fencing) Nidan
b.†Iaido† (sword drawing) Shodan
c.†Joryu (short staff) Shodan
d.†Bojitsu (long staff) 

f.  Jujitsu

Karate Promotions
Rank Certificate Number Date Of Issue Location Of Promotion



(Uechiryu Florida Assoctiation)





August 3, 1974



August 13, 1976



243  Soke Shubukan

July 18, 1999


Yondan 007 February, 12, 1994
Godan 368 February 1, 2003 Florida
 Educational Background
High School	Coconut Creek High School, Coconut Creek, Florida

At what age did you begin to study karate?
17 years old
Why did you choose to study karate?
It was popular, and looked interesting
Was there a reason why you chose to study Uechi Ryu?
Someone I knew was going to open a school in my area.
What does this tour to Okinawa mean to you?
A dream since I first started, interested in seeing where its roots are.
How has your martial arts study affected or changed your life?
Since Iíve been teaching and studying my whole adult life, it is my life.

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