Stan found the organization during his graduate school in Louisiana. Now he made this website.
Jeremy is the President of American KDS. He was born in Colorado and has lived in Idaho, Utah, Washington, England, Louisiana and Oregon. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in Hebrew from Brigham Young University, and a master's degree in Adult and Organizational Learning from the University of Idaho. Jeremy has studied various martial arts for over 30 years, joined Harada Sensei's KDS as a founding member of the first USA club in 1993, and was awarded his 5th Dan by Harada Sensei in Wales, UK in 2016. Jeremy oversees all organizational operations and course schedules, and travels to teach nationwide. He instructs at the Hamlin Middle School Shotokai Karate Club in Springfield, Oregon.
Jared is the Vice-President of American KDS. He was born in Massachusetts and has lived in New Hampshire, Florida, Utah, Texas and New Mexico. He has a bachelor's degree in Math and Physics from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Baylor University. Jared began practicing with AKDS at the BYU club in 2005 and was awarded the rank of 1st Dan in March of 2009. He is the instructor for the community club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jared was awarded his 2nd Dan in October of 2014 and holds the distinction of being the first ever to receive that rank from the American KDS.
Simon is the head of the American KDS Technical Group. He was born and raised in Ayr, Scotland. He currently works in La Jolla and resides in Carlsbad (35 miles north of San Diego) in California. Simon began practicing with the KDS at the Durham, England University Club in 1989, received his 1st Dan in March 1993 and his 2nd Dan in 2000. Simon has a Bachelor's degree in Physics and a Doctorate in Optical Computing. He currently oversees a youth and adult club in the San Diego, California area. Simon received his 3rd Dan on July 4th, 2015, and his 4th Dan on March 25, 2019.
Rebekah serves as the AKDS Secretary in the Presidency of the organization. She manages the standards and recording of belt grading for all clubs nationwide, oversees the creation and dissemination of the AKDS newletter at least quarterly, and helps maintain the day to day running of the organization.
Gina is the head of the American KDS Administrative Group. She is a 1st Dan Black Belt--the first woman ever to be awarded this honor in the United States--and lives and practices in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. As the head of the AKDS Administrative Group, Gina oversees basic organizational operations including equipment and uniform orders.