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Sensei Kevin Kumpf

Renshi Kevin Kumpf

Renshi Kevin Kumpf began his training in Isshinryu Karate on October 6th, 1984 in Bridgeville PA with Sensei George Denson, an affiliate instructor of the Isshinryu Karate Academy of Pittsburgh at that time. In 1990, following his promotion to Brown Belt and under the advisement of his original instructor he began formally training under Hanshi William H. Duessel, 9th Dan at the Isshinryu Karate Academy of Pittsburgh. After four years of consistent training at the academy he was promoted to the rank of sho-dan in 1994 at the age of 15 by Hanshi William H. Duessel, 9th Dan.

Renshi Kumpf is currently a 6th degree black belt through the Isshinryu World Karate Association (IWKA) in Okinawa Japan, a rank he received on September 12, 2008. Renshi Kumpf acknowledges the following present and past IKA instructors and he is proud to call each of them his Sensei as they are directly responsible for his development as a karate practitioner and for his success as a competitor: Hanshi William H. Duessel, 10th Dan, Kyoshi Marvin B. Prentice, 8th Dan, Kyoshi Don Washabaugh, 7th Dan, and Kyoshi Thomas E. Laurent, 8th Dan.

Note: Renshi Kumpf is the first and only person in the history of the Isshinryu World Karate Association to win the kata and kumite grand championship along with three black belt division championships at one event. He is also the only person to have won seven IWKA grand championships collectively and six IWKA kata grand championships at consecutive events; these are records that still stand today. What follows is a listing of Renshi Kumpf’s competitive accomplishments following his retirement from competition in July of 2013:

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