Bill Taylor is the owner and operator of Bill Taylorís Bushido
School of Karate and is on the Board of Directors and Black Belt
Examination Board for the U.S. Eastern Wado-Ryu Federation. The
following are his achievements:
Bill Taylor began his study of the
Wado-Ryu style of karate in 1973 under Mr. Newton Harris. Mr.
Taylor was originally drawn to the study of Wado-Ryu due to the
individuality of its study. Karateka (Karate Student) compete
primarily with themselves as opposed to another. His hard work and
dedication earned his Sho-Dan under the Mr. Bill Herzer in 1978
and was promoted to Roku-Dan (6th degree) in 1995.
Up until 1980, he competed in
amateur point Karate tournaments, which included the Battle of
Nashville and the Battle of Atlanta. Mr. Taylor began pursuing a
professional kick boxing career in 1980. His first professional
match at the age of 18 won a second round knock-out and he went on
to win two state titles and attained a number two world ranking in
the bantam weight division. In 1988, Mr. Taylor traveled to Paris,
France, where he represented the U.S. in his weight class for the
Panama Jack International Kickboxing Team.
After this match, he retired from competition
to concentrate on running his karate studio. Mr. Taylor took over the
Bushido School of Karate in Murfreesboro, TN, in 1981. His schoolís
latest accomplishment was winning the School of the Year award from the
Federation this last March.
One of the highlights of Mr. Taylor's
Martial Arts career came in September of 1975 when, as a Go-Kyu, he was
able to work out under the direct supervision of Grand Master Hironori
Ohtsuka I. Mr. Taylor has also worked out on four occasions under the
present Grand Master Ohtsuka II, one time in which he traveled to Japan
and received an one-on-one lesson at Meiji University. He has also studied
under Tatsuo Suzuki and Masafumi Shiomitsu. He continued to train under
Sensei Cecil T. Patterson until his death in October of 2000.
Mr. Taylor is also very active in the
community. He requires as part of the black belt training syllabus for his
students to do some activity for their community. His accolades go on and
on. Just another fine example of U.S.E.W.F. Team Wado-Ryu. Thanks
Mr. Taylor for being a part of our organization!