Chattanooga Times Free Press December 15 2013
Representing Green’s Karate on Hixson Pike, Ryan Rogers won a bronze medal in kata (form) and a silver in kumite (sparring) in the men’s 18-to-34 novice division at the 2012 U.S. Karate Nationals. He won a bronze in 18-34 men’s intermediate kata in this year’s nationals at Greenville, S.C. … READ MORE
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Thursday March 4, 2010
Karate, according to Mr. Green, helps children with special needs with hand, eye and feet coordination as well as with fine and gross motor skills, balance, reflexes, flexibility, concentration and focus.
It also offers manners, respect and self-discipline, as it does for … READ MORE
Chattanooga Times Free Press – Monday April 7, 2008
When he first started studying karate four years ago, 12-year-old Brandon Earnshaw couldn’t stand on one foot without losing his balance and falling. In July, he’ll compete in his third consecutive USA National Karate-Do Federation national championship.
His achievement is all the more exceptional because Brandon, who is autistic, struggles to accomplish some things normally developing students do without thinking, said Corey Green, Brandon’s sensei (teacher). …READ MORE
Chattanooga Times Free Press – Monday, May 1 2006
Chattanoogan Brandon Earnshaw, 10, recently won two bronze medals in a United States of America National Karate-do Federation competition in Memphis. It’s an accomplishment that would make any young athlete proud, but Brandon, as well as his family and coach, take extra pride in the awards. Brandon is autistic. Taking karate lessons was… READ MORE
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Thursday August 14, 2003
Ayear ago, Stefan “Stevie” Allen, an 8-yearold autistic child, threw things when he felt defeated. Now he does karate instead. “If he gets frustrated he will go in another room and practice,” said his mother, Stephanie Sherard. “He’s been using these things to calm himself.” … READ MORE
11 History Making Accomplishments at Green’s Karate in 8 National Championships!
2006: Sensei Green taught the “first person in history with autism to qualify and compete in the U.S. Karate Nationals in the non-handicap division”. This story was featured on CNN News.
The boy featured on CNN,Brandon Earnshaw (diagnosed with moderate autism), now an adult, won gold in the 15 and younger handicap kata division in 2007 and the silver in the 2008 U.S. Karate Nationals in the same division.
In 2007, Green taught another boy with autism (Aspergers) and he went with Brandon to the U.S. Karate Nationals. The boy competed in the non-handicap division and was inspired by Brandons story.
2010: Sensei Green taught the “first female in history with autism to qualify and compete in the U.S. Karate Nationals in the non-handicap division.”
2012: Sensei Green taught the “first blind female in history to qualify and compete for the U.S. Karate Nationals in the non-handicap division”. Katie Whipple also made history by winning the “first silver medal for a blind female in the 18-34 year old Women’s Beginner kata division”. Katie trained 7 months total to win silver and had no previous training. Here is the link to the Youtube video of her qualifying performance. You can also find her silver winning performance on the same channel.
Ryan Rogers, a karate student of Sensei Corey Green of Green’s Karate, has made history 8 times. Ryan Rogers was officially diagnosed with ASD level 3 (Asbergers) in November 2013. This process took over a year to complete and finalize the results.
In 2012, Ryan became the “first documented person in history with autism to win a medal (bronze) in kata in the 18 to 34 year old Mens Novice division (non-handicap) at the 2012 U.S Karate Nationals (usankf.org).”
Ryan won silver, in kumite, the next day, making him the “first person in history with autism to win a medal in kumite (sparring).”
Ryan also became the “first person in history with autism to become a U.S. National Karate Judge with the USA-N.K.F.” He is also the first Chattanoogan born person to do so. Ryan was amongst the referees and judges at the 2012 Nationals including veteran referee, judge and coach, Sensei Corey Green.
Here’s an interesting fact. When Katie won gold in the 16 and older womens disabled division. 2 of the 3 students that Sensei Green taught to compete at the U.S. Karate Nationals in 2012 made history for a combined total of 5 times.
Also In 2013, Ryan Rogers made history again by winning bronze in the 18 – 34 year old Mens Intermediate kata division at the 2013 USA-N.K.F. Nationals held in Greenville, South Carolina. By winning this medal, he made history again and for the 4th time.
In 2015, Ryan Rogers became one of two people (shared history) to qualify and compete in the 18-34 year mens Advanced divisions for kata and kumite with autism. Ryan also became the first person with autism to compete in the 18-34 year old men’s advanced weapons division in the non-handicap division.
In 8 U.S. National Karate Championship competitons, (2006 – 2010 & 2012 – 2013, 2015), Green’s Karate students have made history 11 times overall and all were solely trained up by Sensei Corey Green of Green’s Karate.