The senior school instructor at the Shuri Karate Dojo, Noel Carter from Chicago, Illinois, has been studying, training and practicing the martial arts for over 30 years. Currently ranked Godan (5th Dan) Black Belt and Shihan, in traditional Karate-Do.
Carter-sensei first started practicing boxing over 30 years ago, then commencing her journey in the martial arts with American freestyle kickboxing, which she practiced for over 5 years, then finally moving to traditional Karate in 1999.
Carter-sensei has been teaching the martial arts since 2002 and has taught at many clinics and seminars throughout the USA and UK, and she has competed in many karate tournaments in kata and kumite, winning and placing highly in many of these events.
The Shuri Karate Dojo is one the most authentic karate schools in the Chicago area. Carter-sensei is one of the senior instructors, she teaches children and adult classes on Fridays from 6:45pm and 7.45 pm, and on Saturdays 11:00am to Noon and Noon to 1:00pm.
Today Carter-sensei enjoys sharing her experience in the martial arts gained in over 30 years of training, in passing on this knowledge to her students. Carter-sensei is a very dedicated martial artist, always placing others before herself. She continues to be an active student and completes her own personal training on a daily basis, continuing her studies with her husband and sensei, Adam Carter.
Carter-sensei is currently practicing and training for her 6th dan (Rokudan) black belt.
She is also a member of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society (琉球唐手術国際研究会), established 1989 in Japan, an information based organization dedicated to studying, the origins, evolution and tactical application theories of old-school (Koryu) karate and kobudo. The founder and head instructor is Patrick McCarthy, 9th dan Hanshi.