Martial arts instructor brings gold home and into classroom

San Jacinto College (SJC) martial arts instructor Deddy Mansyur recently captured gold during the 2010 Japan Karate Association- American Federation (JKA- AF) National Karate Championships at the University of New Orleans.

Mansyur is an adjunct physical education instructor at the Central campus and a Japan-certified sixth-degree black belt in Shotokan. He has been competing for more than three decades, earning the title of 2009 bronze medalist at the World Union of Karate-do Organizations (WUKO) championships in Mexico. However, he brings it all back to his hometown of Houston to inspire his SJC students to succeed in whatever goals they chose to pursue.

“The number one rule I want them to know is to never give up on what they love; always stay active for their health and state of mind,” said Mansyur, who is in his 33rd year as chief instructor of the University of Houston Shotokan Karate-Do Club. “I hope I can inspire them to continue their physical fitness no matter what age they are or how busy they get. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help them achieve their career goals here at San Jac.”

Among his most recent accomplishment, Mansyur also holds the titles of 2007 Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) Pan American gold medalist, 2006 SKIF-United States Federation gold medalist, two-time USA National Karate Federation (NKF) Champion, seven-time All-South JKA Champion, and 15-time State of Texas Champion. Scott Horstman, SJC physical education department chair, said Mansyur’s teaching style is based on traditional karate methods that take students back to the fundamental values of hard work.

“When the students know they have good quality instruction, it may inspire them to continue their physical education,” said Horstman. “Deddy is in his first semester with San Jacinto College, and already, he has been a great asset to our department.”