Grand Master Don Rodrigues
401.737.2809 Fax 401-737-0125
AGE: 61 DOB: 3/18/55
Style: Oki-Ryu Kenpo Years in the Martial Arts: 49 yrs.
Instructors: Grand Master Ed Parker – Grand Master Nick Cerio – Grand Master George Pesare
10th Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster George Pesare) Grand Master Nick Cerio
9th Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster George Pesare) Grand Master George Pesare
8th Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster George Pesare)
7th Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster George Pesare)
6th Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster Nick Cerio )
5th Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster Ed Parker)
4th Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster Nick Cerio )
3rd Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster Nick Cerio )
2nd Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster Nick Cerio )
1st Degree Black Belt (by Sr. Grandmaster Nick Cerio )
Specializes in: Instructing / Coaching, Event Coordinating, Tournament Promoting / Directing, Promotions, Officiating / Refereeing, Managing, Consulting.
Received 10th Degree Black Belt on July 17th, 2010 from Senior Grand Master George Pesare.
Co-founder of the American Open Sword System.
Director – WAKO-USA MAT Sports (World Association of Karate / Kickboxing Organization) 1991-2015
President / Co-owner – Don Rodrigues Karate Academy, LTD.
President – Board of Directors American Kenpo International
Promoter / Director – Ocean State Grand Nationals (36 years running), one of the top 10 tournaments in North America
Vice President / Co-owner Krane Ratings Inc., New England’s premiere Sport Karate Ratings service
Co-publisher of Krane Ratings International magazine.
Co-promoter 9th WAKO World Championships in Atlantic City, NJ (November 1993)
Promotional Director – The World Cup of Martial Arts at Foxwoods Casino, Ledyard, CT (March 1995).
Co-promoter – several nationally televised Karate / Kickboxing events (1987 – present).
Head Coach – Team Paul Mitchell (1988 – present)
Head Coach – WAKO USA 1991 – 2015
Has coached / trained over 150 competitors to over 200 World titles (1985 – present)
Has coached over 36 Teams to World titles (1991 – present)
Has been inducted into over 30 Martial Art Hall of Fames.
SHIHAN DON RODRIGUES
Grand Master Don Rodrigues began his Martial Arts training in 1967 under the late Grand Master Nick Cerio. He has also studied and has been certified under the late Grand Master Ed Parker and by Grand Master George Pesare. He is the founder and President of the Don Rodrigues Karate Academy and the Oki-Ryu Kenpo system (since 1982) and currently holds the rank of 10th Degree Black Belt. Mr. Rodrigues was President of WAKO-USA from 1991-2015, President of the Board of Directors of American Kenpo International and the Vice President of KRANE Ratings Inc. (New England’s premier Sport Karate ratings service). He is the publisher / author of “Finding the Funds” (marketing package), co-publisher of KRANE Ratings International magazine and he was featured on the 1st edition of Action Martial Arts trading cards. Mr. Rodrigues has appeared in many magazines, national and international, including the cover of several National Martial Art publications.
Mr. Rodrigues enjoys teaching, coaching and promoting; he is tops in all three categories! As an instructor, he has taught many World Champions, helped over 200 people reach their goal of Black Belt, and his school is one of the best (and one of the largest) on the East Coast.
As a Coach, Mr. Rodrigues is noted as the best in the World. He has been coaching the best Sport Karate Team in the World, Team Paul Mitchell, for over 29 years. He was also the coach of the WAKO-USA team from 1991-2015. He has trained and coached over 150 competitors to over 200 World titles since 1985. In 2001, he was inducted into the Black Belt magazine’s Hall of Fame as “Coach of the Year”. In 1997, he was awarded “Coach of the Year” by KRANE International, and in 1995 by Inside Kung Fu Magazine’s Hall of Fame award. He has coached Team Paul Mitchell and the WAKO-USA Team all over the World (from Poland to England, Canada, Germany, Guatemala…..). In 1998, he coached the US Sanshou Kickboxing Team in Beijing, China.
As a promoter, he started promoting the Ocean State Grand Nationals 36 years ago and it has grown to one of the top 10 tournaments in North America. He also co-promoted the 9th WAKO World Championships in Atlantic city, NJ in 1993 and several nationally televised kickboxing events. He was the promotional director for the World Cup of Martial Arts, held in 1995 at Foxwoods Casino. From 1995 to present, Mr. Rodrigues has helped raise over $250,000 for Chuck Norris’ Kick Drugs Out of America / Kickstart program.
With these and many other accomplishments, in 1999 Inside Kung Fu Magazine included Mr. Rodrigues as one of the great 100 people that made an impact on the Martial Arts in the 20th century! Most recently, Mr. Rodrigues produced the motion picture Champions of the Deep, which had its premiere and was released on Aug. 10-12th, 2012 in Providence, RI. Also, on Sept. 15th, 2012 Mr. Rodrigues he co-promoted the World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts at Foxwoods Casino’s MGM in Ledyard, CT.
(401) 737-2809 Fax # (401) 737-0125
Screen Actors Guild
Height: 5’4″ Weight: 120
America’s Top Martial Artist – Starred as one of the Judges – Producer – Emil Milan Pinnock
Mortal Kombat – Stunt Double Kitana -“Annihilation” Producer – Lawrence Kassanoff
WMAC Masters – Starred as “Lady Lightning” – 4 Kids Production Producer – Norman Grossfeld
Champions of the Deep – Martial Arts Choreographer – Popcorn Pictures Producer – Don Rodrigues
27 Dresses – Featured Bridesmaid – 20th Century Fox / Spyglass Ent. Producer – Gary Barber
Disney’s Underdog – Stunts – Walt Disney Studios / Spyglass Ent. Have No Fear Productions, Inc.
X-treme Fighter – Starred as “The Virus” – Gorilla Productions – Producer – Bill Gottlieb
Batman and Robin – Stunt Double Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) – Warner Bros. Producer – Joel Schumacher
The Next Karate Kid – Stunt Double (“Julie”) – Columbia Pictures Jerry Weintraub Productions
Wrote and starred in the following instructional video tapes:
Winning Fighting Combinations – UP Video
Winning Soft Forms Combinations – UP Video
Winning Hard Forms Combinations – UP Video
Winning Weapons Combinations – UP Video
Kick Your Way to the Top – ESPY-TV
Stretching for Success – Positive Productions
Championship Drills – Positive Productions
NAPMA Training Video – NAPMA
Wrote and directed the following instructional video tapes:
Tiny Tot Instructional Tape, Vol. 1-4
Championship Competition Forms, Vol. 1-3
Featured on the following TV programs / stations:
Showtime Television – PM Magazine
Viewers Choice Pay Per View Canada / USA – Cayman Island Broadcast
ESPN – Ukraine Sports TV
Sports Channel America – WLNE TV 6
Between the Lines – WJAR TV 10
WNAC TV – WPRI TV 12
Great Britain TV News – Vision Cable (RI)
Martial Arts World (MSG) Network – WPIX TV (NY)
Martial Arts, Water Skiing, Rollerblading, Rollerskating, Ice Skating, Skateboarding, Boxing, Swimming, Modeling, Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Dancing
Featured on the Cover of (over 40 magazine covers):
Macho Martial Arts – 2007, 2006
Black Belt Magazine – 2006
Budo International – 2006
ME Magazine – May 2005
Spar Magazine – Jan. 2003
Black Belt Magazine – 2000
KRI, Jan. – April 99
MA Training, 98
Action Martial Arts, Aug./ Mar. 97
KRANE Ratings International Jul. / Sept. 97
Action Martial Arts, Apr. / May 1997
KRANE Ratings Internation. Jan. / Mar. 97
MACHO Martial Arts, Winter 1996
KICK Illustrierter Kampfssport, May / June 96
Sport Karate News, May / June 1996
MA Training, May 1996
MACHO Martial Arts, Spring 1995
Sport Karate News, April / June 1995
Martial Arts Masters, May 1995
World Cup of Martial Arts, March 1995
Karate International, Feb. 1995
MACHO Martial Arts, Dec. 1994
Martial Arts Gazett, Nov. / Dec. 1994
State of the Arts, Oct. 1994
Martial Arts Legends, Sept. Sept. 1994
Karate World, Spring 1994
MA Training, Sept. 1994
MACHO Martial Arts, Spring / Summer 94
Worldwide Martial Arts, July 1993
Karateka, July 1993
Inside Karate, August 1993
Sport Karate News, May / June 1993
Sport Karate Intn’l, April / May 1992
Sport Karate News, July / August 1991
RI Athletic Monthly, April 1990
American Karate Magazine, July 1989
Int. Martial Arts Magazine, April 1989
Sport Karate Magazine, Mar. \ Apr. 1989
INDUCTED INTO THE FOLLOWING “HALL OF FAMES”
Black Belt Magazine
Budo International Magazine
World Martial Arts Federation
Inside Kung Fu Magazine
Women Sports & Fitness ME Magazine
Sport Karate International Black Belt Magazine American Karate KRANE Ratings International
Karate International Official Karate
Martial Arts Training Fighter International
Inside Karate RI Athletic Monthly
Inside Kung Fu Ocean State Sporting News
Kung Fu Masters Samurai (Italy)
Karate / Kung Fu International Tae Kwon Do Times
Sport Karate News KICK Illustrierter (Germany)
International Martial Arts Worldwide Martial Arts
Karateka Sports Illustrated
Karate World Martial Arts Legends
Martial Arts Masters Martial Arts Gazette
State of the Arts World Cup of Martial Arts
Action Martial Arts
Krane International Trading Card series 2007
Krane International Trading Card series 2003
The International Card Collection of Athletes 1993 (medallion collection, a 42 card series) card #20
Martial Arts Masters Trading Cards (Premier Edition)
Karate Kards-1991 Sport Karate Champions (featured on 4 cards, a 50 card series) card #’13, #15, #35, & #45
The 1992 John Paul Mitchell National Karate Team trading cards (16 card Premier edition)
Featured in the following Newspapers:
USA Today Warwick Beacon Ukrainian News
Cayman Times Newport Times Orlando Newspaper
Atlanta Newspaper Evening Bulletin Providence Journal
Kent County Times Aruba News
MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING
Specializing in the following Martial Arts disciplines:
9th Degree Black Belt – Kenpo, Weapon’s Defense, Multiple Attacks
Women’s Self-Defense Rape Prevention
Judo, JuJitsu, Chinese Weaponry
Bo / Staff Sword, Krav Maga, Kickboxing
KARATE WORLD TITLES
1999 W.A.K.O. Pro World Champion Women’s Lightweight Fighting
1995 W.A.K.O. Pro World Champion Women’s Lightweight Fighting
1993 W.A.K.O. World Champion Women’s Lightweight Fighting
1993 W.A.K.O. World Champion Women’s Soft Style Forms
1993 W.A.K.O. World Champion Women’s Weapons
1991 W.A.K.O. World Champion Women’s Lightweight Fighting
1991 W.A.K.O. World Champion Women’s Soft Style Forms
1991 W.A.K.O. World Champion Women’s Weapons
1990 W.A.K.O. World Champion Women’s Forms
Christine’s accomplishments at the W.A.K.O. (World Association of Karate and Kickboxing Organizations) Games has earned her several world records, including the honor of having been the only person, man or woman, to have ever won three World Titles at a single event. She established another world record when she did the same in 1993, making her the first person in history to have ever won three World Titles in two consecutive W.A.K.O. Games. Her aggregate total of (9) World Titles is yet another unprecedented and as of yet undisputed world record.
Christine is the winner of over 100-major National and International Karate Tournaments. She has won a total of over 1,000 trophies in her competitive career, as well as over 100 Grand Championships.
Christine was a columnist for MA Training Magazine and KRI Magazine.
Christine in the co-owner and Chief Instructor of the Don Rodrigues Karate Academy since 1985.
Christine is the co-promoter of the Ocean State Grand Nationals.
Christine is a spokesperson, product designer, and model for Macho products since 1991