SENSEI TROY BISHOP YONDAN-4th DEGREE BLACK BELT
U.S.E.W.K.F 40-49 OPEN BLACK BELT KUMITE CHAMPION
Born in 1972, Sensei Bishop began his Martial Arts journey in 1984 at Bushido Karate School in Inglewood, TN. He began training as a young student at the time his Father Dale Bishop assisted Sensei Brown at the Inglewood Bushido Karate School and was tested and advanced to ShoDan in 1987. Sensei Dale Bishop was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and 5th Special Forces Group who advanced to GoDan and posthumously entered the USEWKF Hall of Fame after his passing.
During this time, Troy successfully competed in multiple tournaments in Tennessee in both kata and kumite.
Sensei Bishop also was involved in football and track in college and his love for competition continued as an adult. He has completed the Music City Marathon and Half Marathon multiple times and was a coach for a national ranked travel softball team whose players went on to play college softball.
Sensei Bishop graduated from David Lipscomb University with a degree in Organizational Communication and has been married to his lovely bride, Annette, since 1998.
He joined the TN Army National Guard in 1995. Upon entry he became a 19D (Cavalry Scout) whose purpose was reconnaissance and counter reconnaissance. He then went to Officer Candidate School and earned a commission as an Armor Officer, some of his additional schools include Scout Platoon Leader Course, Air Assault, Airborne, Combat Life Course, Infantry Captain Career Course. He served in Operation Iraqi freedom on two tours: 2004-2005 and 2009-2010 where he was awarded the Combat Action Badge and two Bronze Stars Medals for his actions in combat. Sensei Bishop retired from the TN Army National Guard with twenty-three years of service, at the rank of Major assigned as the Executive Officer for 2/278thACR.
Sensei Bishop received his Shodan exam by Sensei Melvin Brown while deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. Sensei Bishop was Sensei Brown’s senior student at what is believed to be the first Wado Ryu dojo in Iraqi. Sensei Brown established the school for deployed service members at Forward Operating Base Cobra.