Rochelle Marie Young

Michigan, USA

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In 1984, Rochelle was into running and weights. Her husband, who was already studying karate encouraged her to try it. As nervous as she was, Rochelle tried it and just kept going.  In 1985 her life changed abruptly as her marriage was over and there was no extra money for studying karate. She stopped for awhile, then returned as she could to her Uechi-Ryu from 1986-1994, before returning for good in1995. Knowing that she had lots to learn, she made the commitment to pursue her goal with added vigor and dedication. To this day she has strong feelings of gratification for making that decision. Returning to the dojo gave Rochelle more confidence, independence and self-discipline, both at home with her daughters and at work, as a letter carrier. Along with studying Uechi-Ryu she became interested in another martial art - Seidokan Aikido, which blends well with Uechi-Ryu Karate.  

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Personal Information

Current occupation or profession:

Letter carrier – USPS

Marital status:


Children & ages:

4 daughters, 28, 24, 14, 13

Hobbies, special interest or skills:

Collecting teapots, reading, refinishing furniture and working out (mind and body)

Age 45

Karate Information

Current rank:


Total years of study:

12 years

Current style:

Uechi Ryu

Current dojo:

Okinawan Karate Academy

Dojo location:

Kalamazoo , MI

Current instructor:

Mr. James Thompson

Association affiliation:

Independent – Mr. James Thompson

Karate and other martial trainings and years attended:

a.  Boston Summer Camp 1984, had the opportunity to meet Master Uechi.

b.  Participated in women’s self defense seminars.

c.   Assisted with Junior and Senior High school demonstrations.

d.  Assist my Sensei with Aikido classes.


Other martial arts or weapons studies:

Seidokan Aikido, eku, bo, sei, jo & tonfa

Other martial degrees, certifications and recognitions:

Appreciation award for my loyalty and dedication to the study of Uechi-Ryu Karate.


Karate Promotions


Certificate Number

Date of Issue

Location of Promotion



April 24, 1996

Kalamazoo, MI

Uechi Ryu Karate Association



November 24, 1996

Kalamazoo, MI

Okinawan Karate-Do Association



November 15, 1998

Kalamazoo, MI

Okinawan Karate-Do Association



November 19, 2000

Kalamazoo, MI

Uechiryu (Karatedo Kokusai Association)

Yondan 015 November 16, 2003 Kalamazoo,  MI


Educational Background


Davenport College , Kalamazoo , MI


At what age did you begin to study karate?
26 years old

Why did you choose to study karate?
I was interested to see what Uechi Ryu was about.

Was there a reason why you chose to study Uechi Ryu?
My husband was studying Uechi Ryu at the time I began.

What does the tour to Okinawa mean to you?
To meet other women who are studying Uechi-ryu and to train. I feel that it’s going to be a lifetime opportunity.

How has martial arts study affected or changed your life?
Karate has given me more confidence and self-discipline.


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