BUCKHANNON — Local Master Instructor Shihan Larry Carter was recently inducted into the West Virginia Martial Arts Hall of Fame on October 16.
The Mountain State Brotherhood of Martial Arts induction ceremony and banquet for inductees including Carter, 73, was held at the Knights of Columbus in Fairmont, WV. Carter has been a martial arts enthusiast for the last 38 years and has earned the title Shihan, or Master Instructor. Carter is also the owner and proprietor of Buckhannon Academy of Karate. “I run my dojo out of Stockert Youth and Community Center,” Carter stated.
Shihan Carter is a 7th degree black belt and a Shotokan Master. Shotokan is a style of karate developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi and his son, Gigo Funakoshi. Carter continues to teach classes, including a Tiny Ninja Class (for ages 5-6) that meets once a week on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. The Shihan also teaches an adult class that meets on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Students must be at least 7 years old, but an upper age limit does not exist.
Anyone can sign up for classes to better their own physical and mental health. “I accept new students weekly. Currently, I have 15 students who are working to obtain their black belts,” said Shihan Carter.
Anyone interested in signing up for classes can visit the Buckhannon Academy of Karate Facebook Page, call (304) 613-8676 or contact Stockert Youth and Community Center for more information.