Ms. Wieting holds a Rokudan, sixth degree black belt, in the traditional Okinawan martial art of Uechi-Ryu karate-do, which was awarded in 2008. She was awarded her Yondan, 4th degree black belt before a panel of master instructors in Okinawa,Japan, in 2004. Donna has studied a variety of martial arts for more than 30 years, including the arts of judo, jiu jitsu, and tae kwondo. She has been training in Uechi-ryu karate for the last 20 years at the Washington Karate Academy, under the tutelage of Robert Kaiser, Kyoshi-Hachidan, and his teachers, Frank Gorman, 9th degree black belt, and Sensei Ken Nakamatsu, 9th degree black belt, of Okinawa.
Donna also holds a Shodan, first degree black belt, in Okinawan weapons, under the instruction of Sensei Rik Lostritto and Sensei Shinyo Gushi of California. She has a degree and teaching experience in secondary education, has been a karate teacher for more than 15 years. Donna is certified in First Aid and CPR through the American Heart Association.
Ms. Sheets has more than twenty years experience training and teaching in the Martial Arts and has been an instructor at WKA since 1998. Her studies have included judo, arnis, adrenal stress training, and Uechi-Ryu. Ms. Sheets currently holds the rank of Rokudan, sixth degree black belt, in Uechi-Ryu.
Mr. Speck has more than twenty years experience training and teaching in the Martial Arts. His studies have included Shito-Ryu, and Uechi-Ryu. Mr. Speck currently holds the rank of Godan, fifth degree black belt, in Uechi-Ryu.