Karen Yuro

Rhode Island USA

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Karen leads a busy and fulfilling life, both professionally and personally, with her husband and 2 daughters.  She has just recently left her 14 year career due to job restructuring and elimination of her position as systems administrator.   She is now is search of a new opportunity and career change.   Her base career is graphics, she designed and built a publishing department from scratch to a thriving full color printing facility today.   Not one to be bored, Karen has a well established small graphics business at home.  Where she designs, teaches computer software programs and consults in computer purchasing.  Karen enjoys making the most of life and family time, including volunteering at her daughters’ school, camping and enjoying social functions throughout the school year.

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Personal Information

Current profession:

Systems Manager



Marital status:



2 daughters (Ages 7 & 11)

Hobbies, interest, skills:

Martial Arts, skating (ice & roller), skiing, dancing, swimming, cooking, billiards, camping, photography, graphic and web page design, drawing and sewing.

Karate Information
Current Rank: Ikkyu

Total years of study:

2 years

Current style:

Shohei Ryu

Current dojo:

Traditional Okinawan Karate

Current instructor:

Ed Oakley

Association affiliation:

Okikukai/Shohei Ryu

Karate Promotions
Certificate Number
Date of Issue
Location of Promotion


Ikkyu 10/29/04

  Educational Background

Additional Schooling (Seminars):

a. Interior/architectural design

b. Mechanical drafting


d. Insurance

e. Business

f. Computers

g. Software



At what age did you begin to study karate?
At age 35 I began studying Uechi-Ryu Karate under the instruction of Sensei Ed Oakley.

Why did you choose to study karate?
Being a big supporter of my children’s education, I purchased a karate certificate that Sensei Ed donated to the school auction. I have always wanted to learn self-defense to protect my family and myself if the need ever presented itself.

Was there a reason you studied Uechi Ryu?
I like this style for my children and myself – the hard and soft form is a good fit for my personality.

What does this tour to Okinawa mean to you?
This is a trip of a lifetime for me. It is a wonderful opportunity to travel ½ way around the world to a far away beautiful country – where this style of karate originated. The education and training will bring this way of life into full perspective for me. The camaraderie with our team and with the other woman we meet will make for a lifetime of memories. I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun…sight seeing, taking pictures, etc…taking in all I can. Then bringing the experience back with me to share and to set new goals for myself with clearer picture.

How has your Martial arts study affected or changed your life?
It gives me something to look forward to that I can do for myself. The benefits have been a huge stress relief and a great way to get in shape again after children. It has been exciting for me to accomplish something and I enjoy the challenge. My goal is to continue my studies in karate and learn the many facets involved in the system.




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