Green’s Karate utilizes innovative teaching methods that are revolutionary in the martial arts realm. Sensei Green’s methods for teaching special needs students are patent pending. His methods, known as Karate Wise Therapy or the “Green Methods,” encompass a variety of approaches used to teach karate to students that have special needs.
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.
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. So therefore:
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 person from Chattanooga to do so. Ryan was amongst the referees and judges at the 2012 Nationals including veteran referee, judge and coach, Sensei Corey Green.
2013: Ryan Rogers won bronze in the 18-34 year old men’s Intermediate kumite division. Another first for a person with autism.
2014: Green’s Karate did not compete in the U.S. Karate Nationals.
2015: Ryan Rogers won double gold medals in the para-kata and the para weapons divisions.
2016: Ryan Rogers won silver in the para division but secured a spot on the U.S. Para Karate Team and became the first person with autism to be on the U.S. Karate Team.
November 2016, Ryan Rogers represented the United States in the Karate world Championship in Austria. This is a first for an American with autism Ryan placed 6th out of 24 in the world in his first appearance.
Daniel Geer, who has autism, won gold in the 15 and under disabled boys kata division and competed in the non-handicap divisions in kata and kumite.
Ryan Rogers won silver in the PKF International Karate Championships in Curacao in May of 2017. Ryan became the first person with autism to win a medal from the United States in karate.
2018: Ryan won gold again in the U.S. Karate National Championships once again securing his spot on the U.S. Karate Team. In November 2018, Ryan competed once again in another Karate World Championships held in Madrid, Spain.
March 2019: Ryan Rogers won bronze in the PKF Karate Championships. Ryan hopes to make the U.S. Team once again but first he will have to win against all the other competitors.
Another student of ours that deserves mentioning is Joel Westbrook. Joel Westbrook has won 17 consecutive gold medals in his wheelchair from 2016-2019. Joel is a 3-time International Champion (U.S. Open and Junior International Cup), a two time USANKF National Champion and a 12 time Regional karate Champion. He is currently 12 years old and one days want to be on the U.S. Para Karate Team like fellow Green’s Karate teammate Ryan Rogers. Joel is a reason why the world needs to have a Junior Para Karate Team, so they can aspire to great heights and fulfill their dreams.