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Renshi Robert Taylor


Renshi Robert Taylor is Head Instructor and owner of Sidekick Karate in China Grove, North Carolina. Renshi Taylor and his wife Carrie assumed ownership from Shihan Ricky Smith in December of 2006.

Renshi Taylor currently holds the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt in American Open Karate and 4th Degree Black Belt in Shuri-Te Ju-Jutsu with over 20 years experience in Martial Arts.
Renshi Taylor also holds a Class “B” judge license with the USA – National Karate Federation allowing him to officiate at many state level tournaments throughout the Southeastern United States. He also received the opportunity to obtain Level II Coach credentials from USA-NKF national team coaches and directors in July of 2013.
In January of 1992 Renshi Robert Taylor began his training at SideKick Karate of Lexington under Randy Smith.  He increased his training at SideKick Karate of China Grove with Ricky Smith and received his 5th Degree Black Belt in American Open Style Karate in July of 2008 and earned the title of Renshi in September of 2013.
In January of 2000 Renshi Taylor began training in Ju-Jutsu under Shihan Troy Price and was awarded the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt in Shuri-Te Ju-Jutsu in April of 2013. That same year Mr. Taylor began formal Kobudo (weapons) training with Shihan Alex Ormaza in Ryu-Te Renmai.
Mr. Taylor has had the opportunity to train with some of the greatest Martial Artist of this time such as, Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace, Bob Wall, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Jeff Smith, Howard Jackson, Dave Adams, Hanshi Ridgely Abele, and Hanshi Jerry Piddington.
He continues to train with highly recognized instructors such as Hanshi Robert Bowles, Hanshi Steven Roehsch, Shihan Troy Price, Shihan Alex Ormaza, Shihan Tommy Hood, Shihan Devorah Doemetrich, Kyoshi Jim Logue, Kyoshi Vitus Bilking, Shihan Tom Ryan, Renshi Paul Cote, Renshi Jeff Rhodes, Renshi Mark Barker, Renshi Joe Pounder, Sensei Clay Morton, Shihan Brian Hobson, Grandmaster Tom Muncie and Grandmaster Rick Muncie.
During the past few years Renshi Taylor has trained with USA-NKF National Team Coaches Shihan Tommy Hood and Dustin Baldis as well as WKF Champions John Fonseca, Cheryl Murphy, Troy Hirshcorn, and Dr Clay Morton - World Shotokan Kata Champion.

Recent Competitions:
2013 SC Open: USA – NKF National Qualifier
            Gold Medal – Advanced Men’s Kata
            Gold Medal – Advanced Men’s Heavyweight Kumite

2012 USA – NKF Championships – Ft Lauderdale Florida
            Bronze medal – Men’s Weapons Kata
            Gold Medal – Men’s Kata

2011 USA – National Karate Federation Championship – Arlington, Texas
            Bronze Medal – Men’s Heavyweight Kumite

2010 USA – NKF Championships
            Bronze Medal – Men’s Weapons Kata

2010 Mid-Atlantic Championship (VA): USA-NKF National Qualifier
            Gold Medal – Men’s Weapon Kata
            Silver Medal – Men’s Kata
            Silver Medal – Men’s Heavyweight Kumite
2010 SC Open: USA-NKF National Qualifier
            Gold Medal – Men’s Heavyweight Kumite
            Silver Medal – Men’s Kata
►Received title of Renshi in American Open Karate
►2013 Mid-Atlantic Championship - Appreciation of School Support from Kyoshi Darren Myers and Shihan Brian Hobson

2013 SC Open – Appreciation of School Support from Shihan Tommy Hood

USA-NKF Level II Coache Credentials July 2013

USA-NKF Judges License March 2011, 2012, 2013 (D, C, B judge license)
True Budo Spirit Award 2009
Superior Leadership Award 2006, 2007 and 2009

School Owner December 2006
Sensei of Merit Award 2003, 2004 and 2005
17 Kata Tomoe Award – November 2001
Instructor of the Year 2000
Sensei of the Year 1996 and 1997