Mr. Doug Bleecker - Head Instructor
began his martial arts career in 1988 under U.S Taekwondo Olympic Coach Byung hang. He obtained the rank of Third Degree Black Belt under the USTU system. In 1994 he started cross-training in Uechi-Ryu Karate and currently holds the rank of Yondan from the Uechi-Ryu Karatedo Kokusai Association. He trains under Eighth Degree Senior Uechi-Ryu Instructor John Carria from Washington, D.C. Mr. Bleecker has owned and instructed in schools in Woodbridge and Fredericksburg, Virginia before relocating to Roanoke in 2000. He opened the Roanoke Okinawan Karate School in 2001 at the BAC. Mr. Bleecker is a full-time Special Education Teacher at Lord Botetourt High School, specializing in children with Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional disturbance. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics at George Mason University and his Masters of Science in Education at Old Dominion University. His wife of 17 years is Susan and they have three children-Jennifer, John, and Juliana.
instructs the Lil’ Dragon’s program at the Roanoke Okinawan Karate School. She holds the rank of Nidan and has trained in the martial arts since 1996. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mary Washington University and is certified in Elementary Education K-8. She has taught Kindergarten and First Grade for several years prior to becoming the mother of three. Susan is also a Certified Swim Instructor, a Read Mountain Swim Teach Coach, teaches swimming for Carilion Health Systems at the Botetourt Athletic Club, and manages the Swim America Program for the CAC at North Cross School.
Susan Bleecker - Lil' Dragons Instructor
Jennifer Bleecker - Lil' Dragons Instructor
Rank: Junior Black Belt
instructs the Lil’ Dragon’s program at the Roanoke Okinawan Karate School. She holds the rank of Junior Black Belt and has trained in the martial arts since 2003. Jennifer is a freshman at Roanoke Catholic School where she runs Varsity Cross Country, plays Varsity soccer and swims at the Varsity level.