Ryan Rogers, US Karate Team member and Para Athlete (autism) will be competing in his fifth International (P.K.F.,) Karate event in Panama City, Panama March 20. Ryan has served on the team since 2016 and has competed in two W.K.F. World Championships (Austria 2016, Spain 2018) the U.S. Open (International Open, Vegas 2018) and in Curacao in 2017 and now Panama.
Ryan has made U.S. Karate history 10 times by being the first with autism to medal in a non-handicap USA-N.K.F. National event. Ryan defeated grown men in novice kumite in 2012, winning silver and winning bronze the next year (2013) in the Intermediate division. Also in 2012, Ryan medaled in the 18-34 year old men's novice kata division. Ryan is one the first USA-N.K.F. Judge and Referee. There are other significant historical accomplishments.
Green’s Karate made International acclaim in 2006 for training up the first person in history with autism (Brandon Earnshaw) to compete in the non-handicap division. Brandon’s story was featured on CNN News.
Green’s Karate has also trained the first female with autism (Katie Dietsche) to compete non-handicap and the first blind female to win a medal in the any female USA-N.K.F. National karate event during which Katie Whipple won silver in the women’s 18-34 year old beginner kata division (non-handicap) in 2012. Green’s Karate also has a student in a wheelchair that has won 13 straight first place finishes including two USA-N.K.F. National wins and an International win and is only 12 years old. His name is Joel Westbrook. Sensei Corey Green was appointed to the "Athletes with Disabilities" committee in January of 2016 by US Para Karate Head Coach Jeff Kohn.