Sensei Eric Perkins

Sensei Eric Perkins has studied karate for 38 years. He began his study of Karate in 1980 at the age of 7 with the encouragement of his father due to being bullied at school many times in his hometown area of Woodsboro, MD. His father sought out the guidance of Master William D. Wickham to teach him the Korean art of Tang Soo Do. William D. Wickham was, at the time, a Karate pioneer in Frederick, MD and was sought after by many people throughout the area for Karate training. Master Wickham taught Sensei Eric Perkins not only karate, but many life lessons through his Karate training. Master Wickham helped him build strength and overcome shyness and taught him control and confidence, respect, discipline, and leadership.

Later, at the age of 11, he studied Shotokan Karate with Sensei Marty Weedon of Frederick, MD. He also studied Tae Kwon Do during his teenage years. His true passion has always been to learn true unchanged authentic Karate. This was always a life goal for Sensei Eric Perkins and the reason he sought out many teachers for instruction. He also knew in his heart he needed to learn this to continue his journey in Karate and to teach others as well one day. He knew real karate was a way of life and something that was meant to be done for the rest of your life, regardless of age; unlike MMA fighting or Boxing that one cannot physically do forever.

One day, at the age of 28, his prayers were answered and his dream was realized when he met Sensei Michael Brown of the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Association (Kobayashi style Shorin-Ryu) for the first time. Sensei Michael Brown, at that time, was the only teacher of the Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan system in Maryland. Sensei Brown had operated a Karate school in Baltimore, MD before moving to Walkersville, MD; where he met Eric Perkins for the first time. Sensei Brown decided to reopen his Dojo and dedicate his time to teaching and training Eric in Shorin-Ryu Karate. Sensei Michael Brown and Eric Perkins had a teacher and student relationship much like Daniel and Mr. Miyagi’s relationship in the Karate Kid movies. They had a very special bond! Sensei Michael Brown taught him so much more than all his previous teachers ever had. For the first time Sensei Eric Perkins was learning the true meaning of Karate and its history along with the many life lessons Sensei Eric Perkins learned through his Karate training with Sensei Brown. He learned 25 empty hand katas (or forms) and 15 weapon (katas or forms). All of the empty hand katas and weapon katas were broken down for their fighting applications and taught to Sensei Eric Perkins. Also many more grappling, self Defense, and other fighting techniques along with many weapon techniques outside the katas were taught by Sensei Michael Brown and given to Eric Perkins. For the first time he realized that every block is a strike, every punch is a block. With every one movement can come 1,000 techniques! He learned Karate not for tournament fighting, but for real life situations on the street.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the time spent with Mr. William Wickham and Sensei Michael Brown. Both Mr. Wickham and Sensei Brown were great teachers and inspiration in my life and one I will cherish for the rest of my life!!!”

Sensei Eric Perkins never fought in tournaments and never had any desire to do so. His fighting took place on the street defending himself and in full contact sparring in the Dojo. He never believed in having to prove your skill in a sport competition. Because many teachers believe as he does that Martial Arts should never be used as a sport!

“The only person you need to conquer or prove anything to is yourself” – Sensei Eric Perkins

Sensei Eric Perkins is ranked a 7th degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and is a certified instructor. He is also ranked 1st Dan Black Belt in Tang Soo Do.

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Sensei Eric's first teach, Master William Wickham, broke a record previously set by another Karate master. The excerpt of his success was found in Black Belt Magazine dated August 1976, Vol 14, No. 8. He succeeded in breaking 1,950 pounds of ice in one blow.

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***Eric Perkins and the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karatedo Kobudo Academy is NOT affiliated with any other Association.