Edwards started Wado Karate in July of 1968 under the
instruction of the late Mr. C. T. Patterson.
At that time classes were held in Melrose Bushido Dojo.
On March 11, 1970, and during a visit to Nashville, Wado-Ryuís Late Grand Master
Hironori Ohtsuka spot promoted Jimmy to 3rd
Kyu brown belt. The late Sensei
Patterson Promoted Jimmy to Sho-Dan on October 1, 1972.
Jimmy is currently holding the rank of Shichi-Dan after
being promoted by the late Sensei Patterson in July 2002.
trained weekly under Sensei Patterson up until his death, where
much emphasis on precise technique and detailed movements of Wado-Ryu
were taught. On
June 19, 2002 the late Sensei Patterson Appointed Jimmy to the U.S.
Eastern Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Federation Board of Directors and
Black Belt Examiners.
the 1990ís Jimmy competed extensively in the Regional Sports
Karate Circuit (RSKC). He
was ranked #1 in Senior Black Belt Forms both in 1992 and 1993. In 1994 Jimmy was ranked #1 as the overall RSKC Adult Black
Belt Weapons competitor. In
1996, 1998, and 2003, he was ranked as #1 in the RSKC for Senior Black Belt
Forms and Weapons.
Jimmy has also been a member of the Priority One National
Karate Team from Nashville for both 1991 and 1992.
He was also a member of Force One National Karate team
based in Chantilly, VA in 1994.
March 20th, 2000, Jimmy was recognized at the 13th
Annual U.S. Eastern Wado-Ryu Karate Championships as the Wado-Ryuís
Black Belt competitor of the Decade for having the most 1st
Place wins in Black Belt forms between 1990 and 1999.
On March 20, 2001, Mr. Dale Kirby nominated Jimmy for
induction into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Senior
Black Belt of the Year for 2001. In 2008, Sensei John
Patterson inducted Jimmy into the U. S. Eastern Wado-Ryu
Federation Hall of Fame.
traveling to different Dojos to conduct Bo and Jo classes. He
has taught extensively at Zimmermann Karate School in Hohenwald,
and Rocky Bowker's Karate School in Dickson. He presently
teaches Wado-Ryu at Bushido Dojo in Joelton, TN, with Mr. Buck
Ford and Mr. Melvin Brown.
native of Nashville and residing in Hendersonville, TN,
with wife Kimberlee. Jimmy attended Hillsboro High and was very active in sports
until he started karate. During
High School he was a member of Sigma Phi Omega Fraternity. He continued his education at Tennessee Technological
University earning a BS degree in Business Administration in
1975. Upon his
graduation he received a commission to 2nd Lt. In the
U.S. Army Reserve. After graduation from college, he completed 4 years of night
school in the Electrical Apprenticeship program while working
for his family electrical contracting company, George D. Edwards
Electrical Company, founded by his late grandfather.
Jimmy is the president of that company and has been
employed there for over 30 years.
still enjoys competing in the 50 and
older tournament division.
His long-range goals are to continue martial arts under
Sensei John Patterson, to promote Wado-Ryu karate, to support the
U.S. Eastern Wado Federation, and to influence and encourage
other martial artists through his traditional attitude and respect
for the art. Jimmy
also wants to thank all of the martial artists who have
influenced his life, and give a special thanks to Mr. Wayne
Tyler for his influence and training, particularly in kata.
Jimmy also expresses his sincerest appreciation to his
late Sensei and father of Karate in Tennessee, Mr. C. T. Patterson,
without whom none of Jimmyís martial arts would have been