Keith Rishell – 1st Degree Black Belt

Keith Rishell began studying the Martial Arts in 1981 and received his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1992. He currently holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tracy style Kenpo and now a 1st Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. In 1993, he left the Tracy school he had been training in and together with several other instructors formed Delaware Karate Academy. He co-owned and operated this school until 1998. Mr. Rishell has remained a good friend of Kathy Owen’s for over 20 years, so when he began looking to broaden his martial arts knowledge, the decision to train at Newark Kenpo Karate was an easy one.

“The AKKI and NKK have rejuvenated my love for the Martial Arts. I have learned more about the Arts from this school in the last 4 years than in my previous 17 years elsewhere. I continue to learn refinements in my technique every day I am here.”

Mr. Rishell has been an active tournament competitor throughout the years in Local, Regional and National level tournaments. On several occasions, Mr. Rishell received both First Place wins and Grand Championship honors in both Black Belt Forms and Sparring at National Level Tournaments. Mr. Rishell was also Nationally ranked in the Top 10 by NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) for both Sparring and Forms in the Black Belt Division in 1993 & 1994. He currently teaches 5-6 classes per week on Wed. and Thurs. including an Adult Sparring class where he generously shares his many years of tournament experience with the students.

Mr. Rishell serves as a soccer coach for the teams his 3 children play on and also is an avid mountain biker. He and his wife, Sheila, own Rishell’s Photography, which has locations in Wilmington and Bear, DE. He is NKK’s official school photographer and is responsible for the portraits you see on this website.

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