Robyn Rush-James got her start in martial arts on the week of her twenty-first birthday. She started training in Okinawan Kenpo Karate Kobudo under Shihan Larry Isaac in Jacksonville, North Carolina and received her Shodan rank in Sept 1995. Robyn currently lives in Arizona and in the over 20 years of training & teaching she currently holds a sixth degree black belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo since 2010.
Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo is her primary art, However, in 1997 she additionally achieved her conditional black belt in American Freestyle Tae-kwon-do by Master Francis Pineda & Mike Erickson as a supplemental and complimentary art. Since then, she has been an ambassador to the arts and has for several years taught both okinawa & korea based systems within other schools and incorporated the kobudo weapons system into a program that is taught in several types of schools with the primary arts of Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and/or Jhoon Rhee TKD.
Ms. Rush has had the opportunity to compete in tournaments all over the nation including Battle of Atlanta, The World Championships and The Compete. During her underbelt ranks she also got to compete at the NC State games, NC Nationals, and the I.A.M.A. Championships. In 1996 and 1997 she was rated #1 on the MARRS of AZ competition circuit in the sparring, forms and weapons divisions. She was also rated nationally in NASKA #5 in forms and #5 in sparring and #8 in weapons. Ms. Rush has been inducted into the 2000 World Karate Union Hall of Fame as “Female Competitor of the Year” and the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame also as “Female Competitor of the Year”. During her time as a local & national competitor, she also started & trained and performed with a weapons performance demo team on stage at the Desert Classic 1999 Tournament, and at regrouped another demo team to perform at JB Martial Arts Academy’s Grand Opening in 2007. Most recently in 2013 Ms. Rush was inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of fame for “Master Instructor of the year”and into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Hall of Hero’s as “Okinawa Kenpo Black Belt of the year”. Additionally, Ms. Rush currently serves as the AZ state director of the UMAA, and is a lifetime member also. She also is a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association Code of Ethics, and a lifetime member of the Marine Martial Arts Federation.