Master Steven Renzie Henderson
8th Degree Black Belt
Henderson began training in 1973 with Master Joe Hess, then with Master Edward J. Verycken in Wildwood, N.J. Leaving for college in 1976 he continued his training as a brown belt with Master Ric Pascetta receiving 1st degree black belt in 1979. Henderson received 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th degree black belt directly from Grandmaster Peter Urban between the years of 1986 to 1995. In 2001, Henderson received 6th degree black belt from Grand Master Joe Hess.
Henderson had the most wins as a fighter in tournaments in Cape May County, NJ.placing in all three categories (kata, weapons, and fighting). Henderson had earned well over two hundred trophies, four Grand championships, two overall Grand champioships, and the American Cup. By winning the American Cup, Henderson was featured on the cover of the Official Karate magazine in 1981, with his Master, Ric Pascetta.
He has also appeared on television and in every newspaper in Cape May County, NJ including having a full page article in the Atlantic City Press. In 1985 he became the founder, director, and promoter of the Ocean Open Karate Championships Tournament until 1994. countless demonstrations.
Henderson is also mentioned in Grand Master Peter Urban's last book, "The Man Who Knew No Fear" along with other great fighters. With the success of establishing his own karate school from 1981 to 1999, Master Henderson has nine black belts, Henderson was recently inducted to the Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame on July 26, 2014 and promoted to 8th Dan on April 11, 2015 by Dr Juan Otero, Hanshi. On that day was the 10th OCEAN OPEN KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS and last, Henderson and long time friend GM Burgess Butch Hamer join together for this final event.
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