3rd Dan

Richard Fenten began training with Master Zacharatos when he was in his early fortys. He began competing in sparring in karate tournaments when he was just a white belt beginner, and continued to compete all the way up the ranks, including as a blackbelt.

Earning the nickname “Captain” In better shape than most teenagers, he acheived his blackblelt  when he was 52 years old in 1997, and is an example of how it is never too late to start training and acheive your goals in the Martial Arts. Earning many first and second place trophies, he continued to compete in the black belt sparring divisions of karate tournaments all over the United States, and many times against competitors less than half is age, earning the respect of all.   

He continued to train with us for many years, learning escrima stick weapons, and earning his second degree blackbelt in 2004, and his third degree in 2006.

This is a perfect example of how there is never a good excuse not to train –Working out keeps you young! (and you can still have a six pack when your in your 60’s, 70’s and beyond)

Later in life he also continued his academic pursuits. he went back to college and received his Masters degree. Another example of how our blackbelts are high achievers and very accomplished in their lives at any age!

Line up fighting stance from our tv commerical
(left to right Mark-Anthony Johnson, Katie, Jamie BenAziz-Zacharatos, Krista, Captain)
Fight night karate class, Captain and Brian Pazera Sparring (Mark-Anthony and John-Ralph Johnson in back)
Captain with his first place trophy for sparring blackbelt division