Back in May of this year, Dustin Wagner and Michelle Chock’s Shotokan Karate Club was featured.
By Lisa Nowatzki
They taught at the Langdon Activity Center and had two students, Darrell Fox and William Robles. In six short months, Wagner and Chock’s business has experienced a number of changes.
First, the location and the name changed. The couple now teach Shotokan Karate at the American Legion and will soon change the name to Danketsu Shotokan Karate. Second, they added another student besides Fox and Robles; they now instruct John Freer. Finally, they have filled out the paperwork and are waiting for approval to become a non-profit organization.
Wagner and Chock teach mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. and sometimes on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.
According to Wagner, he and Chock do not teach a sport or how to commit acts of violence. Shotokan Karate is a form of self-defense but more than that it is not a sport. “This is a way of life and not at all like the martial arts or mixed martial arts usually seen on TV,” Chock said.
Like traditional karate, students use colored belts to indicate their level of training. Currently, Chock and Wagner’s class has several different levels. Chock is a third degree kyu, Wagner is a 4th degree kyu, Robles and Fox are seventh degree kyus, and Freer is a tenth degree kyu.
For beginners or white belts, the training is free. Students do have to pay certain fees and for uniform items. For yellow belts and up, the membership fee is $30 a month. The couple takes children and adults ages nine and up.
While not teaching class, Wagner and Chock work at the Cavalier County Memorial Hospital. Wagner is a Langdon native. His parents are Connie and Mike Schrader and Roger and Linda Wagner. He graduated from LAHS in 2008. Choke is from Little Falls, Minn. Both received training at UND in Hisshou Karate.
For more training, the couple encourages everyone to go to the training at Grand Forks on November 18. According to Wagner, “The Grand Forks training is a huge experience, very different than us. Michelle and I have all the info you need to participate and it’s free.” According to Wagner, “Our instructor, LaRoyce Batchelor, a 3rd degree belt, wants to do an open house this Sunday, Nov. 19, open to the public ages 9+ from 1-3 p.m. We are planning to have some coffee and cookies. Everyone is invited.”
If you are interested in taking a class or have questions, you can contact Wagner at 701-370-5003 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can email Chock at email@example.com. Finally, they have a Facebook page; search for Danketsu Shotokan .Karate Club.