Tina Ruth – 1st Degree Black Belt

Tina Ruth has been interested in the Martial Arts for as long as she can remember. An opportunity for anything other than reading did not occur until long after she thought she had finished her formal education. She earned an A.A. in Secondary Education from Wesley College in 1981 and a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University in 1984.

“The early 1990’s found me in a job that opened my eyes for the need to be able to defend myself and in Sept. ’91 I took a self-defense course. It was the first time I ever got to do anything like that and I was hooked. By the end of the course I wanted more. One of the instructors of the course suggested a Kenpo school because of its practical, realistic approach to self-defense. At the end of 1991 I began my journey in American Kenpo.”

Ms. Ruth has been a very successful forms competitor in many tournaments including the International Karate Championships in Long Beach, Ca. where she was also part of the NKK National Demo Team. She teaches both children and adults at the school 2-3 days per week and has served as an assistant instructor for seminars and programs held outside the school. Ms. Ruth helped develop the NKK Homeschool Program, designed to fulfill the Physical Education requirements for Homeschooled children. She currently works full time at Union Hospital in Elkton, MD and has achieved the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt.

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