Kyoshi Mike Puckett

Those of us who have been studying at PNHK for even a short while have learned that we are privileged to have Kyoshi Mike Puckett as our chief instructor. In addition to his unique experience and technical expertise, he is one of those rare individuals who relates to his students as human beings and friends, rather than merely as “clients”. As a result, he establishes a rapport with his students that is based on mutual respect and consideration, rather than on fear or military style discipline.

Kyoshi Puckett came to Sidney in 1966, and has been studying the Shotokan style of Karate since 1973. He studied under Sensei Lindon Bateson, Godan (5th degree black belt) and one of the most respected martial artists and outstanding competitors in the northwest, according to Professional Karate Magazine. In 1980, Kyoshi Puckett started his own Karate school in Sidney, and three years later moved the dojo to its present full-time location on East Saanich Road. Over the years, he has added constantly to his martial arts knowledge, studying Kempo, kickboxing, escrima and weaponry, in addition to Shotokan Karate. During his kickboxing career, he attained the rank of #3 middleweight in the world. He has competed extensively in contact and non-contact Karate, and has won over seventy-five trophies throughout BC, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. One of the highlights of his competitive career was his winning of the Grand Championship in 1980 and the Midwestern Washington Tournament, in competition against some of the top-ranked competitors in the United States. In October of 1993, some of us were privileged to be present when Kyoshi Puckett was promoted to Rokudan (6th degree black belt) by Grandmaster Steve Armstrong of Texas. Kyoshi Puckett was now entitled to wear the red and white belt of a master.

In September of 2005, some of us were again fortunate enough to be in attendance on a very special night when Kyoshi Puckett was promoted to Shichidan (7th degree black belt) by Professor Dan Anderson of Oregon.

Kyoshi Puckett is dedicated to promoting the correct understanding of Karate and its proper use. It is worth noting that in preparing this brief comment, I had to argue with him to get him to permit me to say nice things about him. He epitomizes the humility and modesty that characterize great karateka, and is frequently uncomfortable when others refer to his skills and his many accomplishments.

Note by Steve Good


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