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Karen Silverman

Karen Silverman

Biography

  • A Richard Lee 1st Degree Black Belt.
  • Represented the United States in World Competition:
      2012 – 4th World Kuoshu Championships, Malaysia
      2006 – 2nd World Kuoshu Championships, Singapore
  • Represented Richard Lee’s West Coast Team in National Competition:
      2012– International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2011 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2010 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2009 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2008 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2007 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2006 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2005 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2004 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2003 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2002 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
      2001 – International Kuoshu Championships, Baltimore, MD.
  • Inducted into the Order of the Cobra – 2012.
  • Inducted into the Bok-Fu-Do Hall of Fame – 2012.
  • Instructor of the Year – 2011.
  • Student Service Award – 2010,2008.
  • Presidents List Member since – 2005.

Mrs. Silverman is originally from Boston, MA but has called California her home for the past 23 years. She began studying Bok Fu Do in 2001 with her 3 young children as a way to spend quality time together. Currently, her son Aaron is working towards his instructor rank, her son Ethan is a 1st degree black belt, and her daughter Rebeccca is a Brown Belt instructor. Mrs. Silverman was a member of the USKSF group that traveled to China in 2004. She has competed and earned medals at numerous tournaments both nationally and internationally. In 2007, Mrs. Silverman trained and competed in Baltimore in Full contact Lei Tai, taking 3rd place in her weight class division and earning the distinction of being the first East West mother ever to compete in Lei Tai at the Nationals. Mrs. Silverman has organized both the 4th of July parade and the charity children’s holiday party for many years. “East West Kung Fu makes such a positive impact on our community and it’s always an honor to be part of that experience.”While juggling home life, and a demanding professional career, Mrs. Silverman, affectionately known as “Silvermom”, is one of only three mothers to earn the rank of Black Belt and is one of only two mother/child Black Belt duos.

Some words from Mrs. Silverman:

When I first walked into East West I could never have imagined the impact that choice would have for myself and my family. BokFuDo, for me, is a lifelong journey of self discovery, self fulfillment, and personal growth. I have learned to embrace the ever present opportunities to challenge myself physically, mentally and emotionally. In so doing, I realized that I am capable of accomplishing so much more than I ever thought possible, and that I have the ability to continually redefine my own idea of self -imposed personal limitations.

I always strive to apply the insights gained to other areas of my life both professionally and personally. My greatest satisfaction as an instructor is in helping my students discover and embrace their own personal strengths.

East West is a community of very special and caring people and my family and I are proud and grateful to be a part of this extended family.