Rank: Hachi Dan (8th Degree Black Belt)
Position: Head Sensei (Instructor)
Rodney Peoples began his training in the art of Ko Sutemi Seiei Kan Karate 1970, directly under the instructor of the founder of this style, at the age of 14. While he was a brown belt at the age of 19 he defeated 6 black belts and a 2nd degree black belt thereby winning the grand champion title of an interclub tournament in Parkersburg, West Virginia. In 1976 at the age of 20 he received his black belt. In 2004 he founded the Ko Sutemi Seiei Kan Karate Dojo in Amador County and has been training people here ever since. He has been inducted into the USA International Black Belt Hall of Fame six times. In 2008 for Martial Arts Dedication, in 2009 for Master Black Belt of the Year, and in 2010 for he was awarded the Masters Award, In 2014 for International Commitment to the Martial Arts. In July of 2010 Sensei Rodney Peoples was promoted to 5th degree black belt by Grand Master Don Madden. In October of 2012 Sensei Rodney Peoples was inducted into Golden State Karate Association Hall of Fame. In 2013 Go Dan Rodney Peoples fought on the AKJU Karate team in the Irish Cup. Rodney won Three Gold Medals, (Kata, Kumite, Weapons) and won a Bronze Medal for Team Fighting. In July 2015 Rodney Peoples was promoted to Hachi Dan 8th degree black belt by Grand Master Dan Madden.
Rank: Ni Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt)
Position: Adult Class and Children's Class Instructor
Rhonda Lashbrook has been studying Ko Sutemi Seiei Kan Karate since 2004 when Sensei Peoples had just began teaching in Amador County. She has been dedicated to her training and to the Ko Sutemi style and has worked hard to become an excellent practitioner and instructor. She earned her black belt at the end of 2011.