James & Jean ZimmermannNanadan
Zimmermann is affectionately known as Mr. Z. This is due to the
children not being able to pronounce Zimmermann. They began to
call him Mr. Z and it has stuck. He is the Director of the
Zimmermann Karate Schools. He is on the Board of Directors for the
U.S. Eastern Wado-Ryu Federation and he holds the rank of 7th
Dan. He is also on the Executive Board of the Regional Sport
Karate Circuit (RSKC) and is the tournament evaluator for the RSKC
tournaments. He holds an open karate tournament, which is in its
21st year and before that he held inner school
tournaments for quite a few years.
Mr. Z began his martial arts training in June of 1966 in
Nashville at the Franklin Road location under the instruction of
Sensei Cecil T. Patterson. He also
studied under Rikuo Takizawa. In 1967, Mr. Z opened a karate
school in Hohenwald with Mr. Cecil T. Patterson and Mr. Charles K.
Parrish as the instructors. Mr. Z became an instructor in his own
school after receiving his black belt. He is the Director of
schools in Hohenwald, Savannah, Decatur County and Lexington.
is married to Jean Coop Zimmermann who also holds a 7th
Dan and is the Chief Instructor for Zimmermann Karate Schools.
was born in 1945 in Tullahoma, TN. She began her Wado training in
1975 receiving her instruction originally from Jerry Potts, James
Zimmermann and later Sensei Patterson.
She attended brown and black belt classes in
Nashville every Sunday night under the direction or Sensei
Patterson from 1977 until he ceased to teach those classes and
instead began teaching them in Hohenwald, TN. where she continued
to work out until those classes also ceased. She has also received
instruction through seminars under Grand Master Otsuka, Grand
Master Otsuka II, Kazutaka Otsuka, Rikuo Takizawa, M. Shiomitsu,
Charles Parrish, John Patterson, and David Deaton, and many
others. She holds a black belt in the Sword under Dale Kirby. She is also on the U. S. Eastern Wado-Ryu Board of
Examiners and is on the Executive Board of the RSKC. You can find
her busy at their annual tournament and setting up Sensei
Patterson’s tournament each year. Her experience is next to
They are both devoted to the martial arts,
their students and each other and can be found at most