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Family Karate Center (FKC)

(International Karate Association of WA State)
12011 19th Ave SE, Everett, WA 98208 (map to dojo)
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Shihan Dai Scott Riepma

4th Degree

Shihan Dai Scott ReipmaShihan Dai Scott has been training under Kyoshi Martin since 1991 when he started at age 30. He received his first black belt in 2000 at age 39. Scott has been the most consistent student in the history of FKC. That is since he got a bone marrow transplant from a woman in Germany. Scott was dying from Leukemia. He had been in and out of the hospital so many times that the nurses looked forward to having him there. Not because of his bouts with Leukemia, but because of his great spirit and attitude, but mostly because of his guitar playing and singing to them from his room.

Kyoshi calls him the kata Bible. If you want to know any part of any kata he has been taught he knows it. If you want to know the position of a hand, arm, foot, or leg just ask him. Shihan Dai Scott is the one Kyoshi goes to when he has a question. Kata is his real strength, remembering not only the pattern and the traditional, but finding new bunkai, performing and teaching technique. That is how important Shihan Dai Scott is to the dojo. Plus he has studied Iaido and Jiu-jitsu and loves to work with the Kobudo weapons, especially the bokken (heavy wooden sword).

Shihan Dai Scott is a journeyman electrician. The dojo has no problems with lights, heat, circuits, or popping breakers because of the genius of this man. He is also a certified personal trainer and has been a manager in retail.

Shihan Dai Scott’s favorite karate memories go back to the beginning. The excitement of learning the basics: blocks punches, kicks, strikes and stances. Those “Ah-Ha” moments when you all of a sudden understand how to do something you could not do before. Or of the different applications of those basic techniques; like when you find that blocks aren’t always blocks but have so many different applications. His other favorite memories have to do with the great (and not so great) people that have come to train. Most of our closest and most trusted friends are the other Black Belts.

Besides karate, Shihan Dai Scott likes to play his guitar, and listen to music. He loves to sail and is crew on a top class racing sail boat. He loves to ride his beautiful BMW motorcycle, taking road trips traveling the back roads of the PNW.

Among favorite sayings of Shihan Dai Scott are “The Greatest battle anyone ever faces is the battle he fights against himself.” “Illegitimi non carborundum.” is Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” “Vincit qui se vincit,” is Latin for “He conquers who conquers himself.” “Mizu no kokoro” is Japanese for “Mind like water” and lastly, “working out is 10% physical and 90% mental.”