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Shihan Renee' Datto

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Endwell, NY 13760
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"Shihan" (which in translation, means mentor, or master teacher) Renee Datto, is an 8th degree Black Belt with over 35 years of martial art training experience. In 1987 she developed a martial arts system called "Shinjitsu Do", which means, "way of the truth" or "true path". The system of Japanese karate evolved from her study and practice of two different, traditional arts. It is a blend of Kyokushin Karate and World Oyama Karate. She holds black belt ranks in both systems. The classes are taught in a traditional fashion, following Japanese Dojo ettiquette.

Karate has become a way of life for me. It is a pursuit of peace, happiness and personal strength. The following is a list of highlights and background information.

  • 2014
  • * Yosai Karate students give several demonstrations for youth groups in Broome County,NY.
  • Shihan Renee gives a karate seminar to the visually impaired/blind children at A.V.R.E. in Binghamton,NY.
  • Shihan Renee hosted several Womens Self Defense Seminars at Yosai Dojo.
  • Shihan Renee gives martial arts seminar to youth groups at Camp Khanda in Constantia,NY.
  • 2013
  • Shihan Renee gives a karate seminar to the visually impaired/blind children at A.V.R.E. in Binghamton,NY.
  • Shihan Renee hosted 3 Womens Self Defense Seminars at Yosai Dojo.
  • 2012
  • * Shihan Renee Datto was featured in OSU Magazine, as a top female full contact instructor. Performed a Karate Demo for the Community Wellness Day, at Highand Park, Endwell,NY
  • 2011
  • * Yosai Karate students participate in the St. Jude's Kick a Thon.
  • Shihan Renee gave several Womens Self Defense Seminars at Yosai Dojo.
  • 2010
  • * Shihan Renee and her students gave several karate seminars to the Binghamton Youth Groups, at the Boys&Grils Club in Endicott,NY.
  • 2009
  • Gave Womens Self Defense Seminar for the Harley Davidsons Motorcyle Shop riders, in Binghamton,NY
  • 2008
  • * Shihan Renee' Datto is promoted to the rank of 8th degree black belt (hachi-dan). IMAL certified.
    * Won 1st Place in Women's Black Belt Weapons Kata, at Rexer's Tang Soo Do Tournament.
  • 2007
    • The Yosai School of Karate hosted a Kick-a-Thon for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and raised over $1300.
    • Shihan Renee' received the town of Kirkwood's first Business Achievement Beautification Award.
    • Shihan Renee' was honored by the town of Kirkwood, NY, declaring May 1 as "Renee' Datto Day."

  • 2005
    • Martial Arts Magazine chose Shihan Renee' Datto to appear in their 2004-2005 trading card series.

  • 2004
    • The World Karate Union Hall of Fame in Tannersville, PA presented Shihan Renee' Datto with a custom embroidered awards jacket for placing number one and overall champion of Exec. Women's Black Belt Kata Division and the Exec. Men's/Women's Black Belt Weapons Division. June 27, 2004
    • The World Wide Martial Arts Hall of Fame presented Shihan Renee' with the Master of the year Award for 2004 and officially inducted her into their organization during their awards banquet in Alexandria Bay, NY. June 5, 2004
    • Shihan Renee' Datto Is rated the #1 champion in Executive Black Belt Women's Forms and in Executive Black Belt (men & women's) weapons World Karate Union rating system for the 2003 season as listed in Issue #58, Feb-Apr 2004 of Action Martial Arts Magazine. She will be receiving her awards jacket in June 2004.
  • 2003
    • "Shihan Renee' was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame on June 28, 2003 and received the
      WKU Grand Master of the Year Award".
    • Taught 3 hour Women's Self Defense Seminars, April 2003
    • 2003 Tournament accomplishments:
      • March: Attended Wyoming Valley MidAtlantic Karate Classic, Wilkes-Bare, PA. 1st place executive black belt weapons kata.
      • April: Attended Masters Cup, Scranton, PA.
        1st place executive black belt kata, 1st place executive black belt weapons kata.
      • May: Hosted 3rd Annual Yosai School of Karate Tournament of Champions Karate Tournament, Endicott, NY
      • May: Attended Masonic Charity Tournament, Dingmans Ferry, PA.
        1st place executive black belt kata, 1st place executive black belt weapons kata.
      • May: Attended 1st East Coast Belts Tournament, Philadelphia, PA.
        1st place executive black belt kata, 2nd place executive black belt weapons kata.
      • May: Eighth Annual NJKA fighting Warrior Challenge, Springfield, NJ. 1st place executive black belt weapons and grand champion black belt weapons, 1st place kata
      • July: Attended Battle of Harrisburg,PA Karate Tournament. 1st place executive woman's black belt kata, Grand Champion woman's kata, and 1st place executive woman's black belt weapons.
      • Aug: Shihan Renee' wins 1st place in Black Belt Women's Kata, 1st place Women's Black Belt Weapons, and overall Grand Champion Black Belt Weapons at the "Breath of Nature" karate tournament in Harrisburg, PA
      • Sept: Attended 1st Annual Southern Tier Ultimate Test, Johnson City, NY.
        1st place and Grand Champion Women's Black Belt Kata.
        1st place and Grand Champion Women's Black Belt Weapons.
  • 2002:
    • Shihan Renee' Datto inducted into Latin-American Martial Arts World Wide Hall of Fame as "Shihan of the Year". December, 8th, 2002
    • Shihan Renee' Datto complete a ten volume instructional Karate video collection available to Yosai students. The videos include basic and advanced kata, weapons, fighting drills, hand and foot techniques, dojo etiquette and more. The videos are the compilation of requirements for white belt to 1st. degree black belt. November 2002
    • Shihan Renee' received her 7th degree black belt in Shinjitsu Do Karate from Master Mulae of the International Martial Arts League, July 2002
    • Inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as "Master of the Year" June, 2002.
    • Shihan Renee' finished # 1 in the WKU tournament ranking for Executive Women's black belt kata for 2001.
    • Won 1st place in Executive Women's Black Belt Kata at the Masters Cup Tournament in Scranton, PA. April 2002.
    • Hosted 2nd Annual Yosai School of Karate Tournament of Champions in Endicott, NY on May 4, 2002
    • Taught 3 hour Women's Self Defense Seminars, March & Sept. 2002
    • Shihan Renee' was featured in the Feb/Apr 2002 Special Issue of Women in the Martial Arts by Action Martial Arts Magazine.
    • Won Spirit Award from Action Martial Arts magazine for my "Excellence in the Teaching of Martial Arts" in Atlantic City, NY, January 19, 2002.
  • 2001:
    • Hosted the 1st Annual Yosai School of Karate Tournament of Champions in Endicott, NY on Sept 15, 2001.
    • Won 1st place Executive Women's Black Belt Kata and 1st place Women's Black Belt Weapons at the World Karate Union Hall of Fame Tournament in Swiftwater, PA.(July)
    • Won 1st place Women's Black Belt Kata and 2nd place Men's/Women's Black Belt Weapons at the Masters Cup Karate Tournament in Scranton, PA. (June)
    • Taught a 3 hour Women's Self Defense Seminar (March)
    • Hosted Karate Tournament in February for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome with over 100 competitors. Performed a weapons demonstration with demo team. Raised over $3,000 for youth activities.
  • 2000: Performed a weapons demonstration with demo team at the American International Kyokushin Karate Championships Tournament in Rochester, NY
  • 2000: Taught a 3 hour Women's Self Defense Seminar in Apr & Oct.
  • 1999: Taught a 3 hour Women's Self Defense Seminar.
  • 1999: Trained with martial arts movie star Cynthia Rothrock
  • 1999: Introduced Kickboxing Aerobics program. Attended the Super Summer Seminar with Tadashi Yamashita (Martial Arts Master and movie star)
  • 1998: Received 6th Dan Black Belt in Shinjitsu Do Karate, from Master Mulae of the International Martial Arts League.
  • 1998: Taught a Women's Self Defense Seminar at Raytheon Corp, Kirkwood, NY.
  • 1997: American International Kyokushin Karate Championships, women's Black Belt Kata champion.
  • 1996: American International Kyokushin Karate Championship, Black Belt women's weapons Kata champion.
  • 1996: TRI Cities National Karate champion women's black belt kata. TRI Cities National Karate self defense champion. Received 5th Dan Black Belt in Shinjitsu Do karate from Master Mulae of the International Martial Arts League.
  • 1995: 3rd Annual Western Broome Karate Classic champion women's black belt kata. PKC US Open Karate champion women's black belt kata. Participated in Fund Raising Demonstration for Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. and raised over $1,000 at the TRI Cities Speidie Fest.
  • 1994: Opened the YOSAI school of Karate, Conklin, NY. Received 4th dan black belt in Shinjitsu Do Karate from Master Mulae of the International Martial Arts League.
  • 1993: Northeast Open Karate Classic champion women's black belt kata.
  • 1990: Received 3rd dan black belt in Shinjitsu Do Karate from Master Mulae of the International Martial Arts League.
  • 1987: Received 2nd dan black belt in Mas Oyama's Kyokushinkai karate and in World Oyama Karate under Master Shigeru Oyama. In Hidy Ochiai's Challenge Karate received champion women's black belt kata.
  • 1985-1986: First woman hired to act as conditioning coach for the Vestal, NY boys varsity football team. Team finished as undefeated champions.
  • 1984: Attended 3rd World Open Karate Championships in Tokyo, Japan and wrote and article for the International Karate Newsletter. U S Oyama Kyokushin Open Karate champion women's black belt kata. 13th Annual Mas. Oyama's Karate champion women's black belt kata.
  • 1983: Opened my own dojo, a branch of Mas Oyama's Kyokushinkai karate, in Binghamton, NY. US Oyama Kyokushin 3rd North American champion women's black belt kata.
  • 1980: Received 1st dan black belt in Mas Oyama's Kyokushinkai Karate, under Sensei Robert Downy at the Saizen Dojo, Binghamton, NY.
  • 1976: Began training in Kyokushinkaikan Karate, at the Saizen Dojo, Binghamton, NY under Sensei Robert Downey.