This video was made a month ago at age 17 years for my RBHR and 19.5 years old.for my LBHR, and age 65 years, 10 months for the rest of my body.
I had planned to travel to Japan for karate training at the beginning of April, 2020 for 10 days in Tokyo, followed by another week of training and ceremonial events in Kyoto with the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (‘DNBK’). COVID-19 required cancellation of the entire trip.
Since I had planned to present myself for testing in Kyoto, the DNBK directors requested that I send video of my performance to them for evaluation of what I would have done had I been physically present. This video is one of three and illustrates the Gojuryu style of karate, in a form (kata) known as “Seipai.”
I’m sharing it with you to demonstrate how a BHR can sustain your activities for decades, and maybe indefinitely under the right conditions. The demonstration was successful and I was awarded 7th Degree black belt and "Kyoshi" [Master Instructor] status by the Committee.
Well here we are again. It is time for my yearly anniversary post. I got surfed Aug. 1, 2001 in Birmingham England by Derek McMinn.
I am a very active martial artist (jujutsu) and enjoy conditioning as a hobby. You can read about essentially the first year of it all at
I still tango (though not as much as I'd like since it is hard to find a dedicated partner). I train and have zero issues with the hip. Simple as that.
I had my C+ device surgery done on 9-9-2009 by Dr De Smet. Reason for me started with restriction of movement, no being able to tie my shoelaces not being able to swim, not being able to stand up from the couch in the evenings and to quickly walk to the fridge, without being very stiff in the lower back. Just a couple of months before the surgery I could not sleep without a pillow between my legs. At one point my youngest kid (3yrs back then) pushed my knee inwards while I was watching television and it was as if someone pushed a knife in my groin area. PAINFULL!!!
I began training in Karate in New York City when I was 10 years old in 1961. I was very blessed because someone took me off the streets of the South Bronx and placed me in their karate school to train free of charge. Karate training at that time was extremely strenuous and the discipline was rigorous. I trained 7 days per week at a minimum of 2 hours per day. The only days off were Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The idiom that reverberated off the dojo (karate school) walls was, “No Pain, No Gain!” I trained very hard and became extremely proficient.
I started taking karate in 1976 under George Annarino of Newark Ohio. The style I train is a mixture of Japanese and Okinawan styles. I hold a 6th degree Black Belt under the Ko-Sutemi Seiei Kan Dojo, and have won 5 NBL World Championships between 1993-1997 while competing on a National Team called "Full Contact". I also won a gold medal competing on the USA team in Mexico City at the "Mexican Olympic Festival" in 1993. My last competition before my surgery was in 2002, but the pain was too intolerable for me to compete any more. Now I currently teach Karate and Cardio Kickboxing at the Barstow Community College, and the Community Center. Since the surgery I am able to do all that I did before the osteoarthritis and am elated to have my life back.
In less that two years following his BHR, Grand Master Kopperud was awarded his 9th Degree Black-Belt on May 3, 2008
After training in TaeKwon-Do for only two years, Scott Kopperud gave up hockey to pursue the dream of achieving his Black-Belt, which he did two years later. Since that time, many years ago, he has gone on to become a Canadian National TaeKwon-Do Champion three times in both Forms and Free-Fighting, and twice in Board-Breaking. Kopperud is certified in both the "world" and "international" styles of TaeKwon-Do as a Master Instructor.