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1930 Born February 18, Paget Bermuda


1945 First martial art boxing, Bermuda


1947 Moved to New York


1950-3 Served in U. S. Army, boxer


1955-67 Merchant seaman U S. merchant marine.

Studied karate in the Manila, Philippines with Latino Gonzalez

Studied karate in Kobe, Japan

Studied karate with principal teacher, Peter Urban, New York

Studied and trained with Chuck Merriman and Frank Ruiz, New York


1967-9 Bouncer and karate performer at "the Scene" run by Steve Paul in New York


1969 Auxiliary policeman, New York: citation


1970 Returned to Bermuda, founded Bermuda Karate Institute


1972 Promoted first karate tournament in Bermuda


1973 Organized the first Bermuda Karate Federation aimed at international competition and recognized by Government, promoted first public demonstration of self-defense in Bermuda


1974 Presented first kung-fu/wu-shu exhibition in Bermuda with students of Alan Lee


1975 Headed first Bermuda team in competition abroad - S. HenryCho's tournament, headed first Bermuda team in WUKO (now WKF)


1976 Promoted first international team competition in Bermuda


1980 Entered and won his first open kata competition at the Battle of the Zodiac in Jamaica, New York


1983 Promoted the first Bermuda Open Karate Championships (to be celebrated for the 32nd time in 2014), which has attracted competitors from the U S . Canada, England, Germany Austria and Argentina


1985-8 Promoted the BIG (Bermuda International Grandchampionships), the first international professional karate competition in Bermuda which was voted into the PKL (Professional Karate League) Hall of Fame as the best tournament in North America in 1988; the years of BIG provided a substantial economic benefit to Bermuda through the estimated 250 people who came to the island each year for the event, some of whom became repeat visitors


1987 Served as Assistant Coach of the Atlantic Karate Team, with Assistant Coach Tokey Hill a former WUKO world champion, and Head Coach Chuck Merriman who coached the U S. team to several gold and silver medals in WUKO competition


1988-90 Continued as Assistant Coach of the Trans World Oil Karate Team, which grew from the Atlantic Karate Team, composed of top martial arts champions from the U S and Canada, achieving an outstanding unbeaten team and individual record throughout their competitive history


1988 Ranked sixth in senior kata by PKL on the North American open circuit - the only Bermudian ever to achieve a rating; first and only Bermudian featured on the cover of an international martial arts magazine September "BLACK BELT" Skipper has also been written up in martial arts magazines in Italy, Malaysia and India.


1989 Division winner and grandchampion runner-up at LAMA Nationals in Chicago beating among others Kevin Thompson, 3 times triple world champion In WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations)


1991 Coached first Bermuda team in WAKO competition in London in October, including first Bermudian to win a medal in international martial arts competition - David Simons bronze soft forms; placed fifth in hard weapons in open kata division


1992 Coached first Bermuda team in World Karate Organization (WKO - formerly WKF in Mestre, Italy winning gold medal for senior kata - as a result of this performance 20 English and 2 Argentine competitors attended the 11th Bermuda Open Karate Championships the following year


1993 First place in senior kata division (for 9th and 10th dans only) at Gotay's All Goju Invitational in New York.


1994 April Second in senior forms at the Battle of Boston a performance which was highlighted in "SPORT KARATE" magazine; also first place of 15 masters in the senior kata division of Al Gotay's All Golu Invitational In New York


1994 May Received Queen's Certificate and Badge of Honor in the Queen's Birthday List for his contributions to martial arts in Bermuda, first Bermudian martial artist to receive this distinction; he sent an honorary black belt to Queen Elizabeth on this occasion


1994 October Coached the first Bermuda team to include a gold medal winner in sparring in international competition, Gladwin "Roots" Phillips in men's traditional sparring under 66 kg at the 2nd WKO World Championships in Buenos Aires Argentina. also in October won a gold medal in senior forms at the Goodwill Tournament of the Miyagi Chojun Festival in Niantic, Connecticut, and received an award from the organizing committee recognizing him as the founder of karate in Bermuda and for his international achievements


1995 June Won first place in over-35 kata at the Nisei Goju Open in New York, went on to win kata grandchampionship, beating under-35 winners in Okinawan/Japanese, Goju, Tae Kwon Do and Jiu-jitsu divisions September inducted into Hall of Fame of the World Head of Family Sokeship Council with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida November Placed first in grandmasters (over 45) kata at Welch's All Okinawan/Japanese Traditional Karate Tournament in Washington, D. C.


1996 May Won first place in over-35 kata at Canadian Karate Organization Open Championships in Hamilton, Ontario, where son Zenji took gold in men's kata and bronze in weapons


1996 Featured in Ron Van Clief's book "The Black Heroes of the Martial Arts" and cover article in "Traditional Karate" magazine


1997 May  Won first place in senior masters kata at the House of the Samurai Invitational in Londonderry, New Hampshire, with Kent Simmons in second


1997 November Promoted 2nd World Karate Organization Panamerican Karate Championships, bringing to Bermuda teams from Algeria, Brazil, Canada, and USA


1998 September First in over 50 kata at Battle of Boston


1999 February Headed Bermuda Karate Organization Team at WKO event in Curitiba, Brazil with 11 golds; senior forms grandchampion; junior BKO team member Talia Iris triple gold; featured in "The Bermudian" on the occasion of his 70th birthday


1999 May First masters kata House of Samurai Londonderry, New Hampshire


1999 September First over 50 forms and third over 40 weapons Battle of Boston


2000 May Second masters forms Ocean State Grand Nationals, Providence, Rhode Island


2001 January Winner mens' forms over 40 John Chung's World Cup Finals, Washington, DC


2001 July Headed BKI delegation attending Miyazato Eiichi memorial seminar and demonstration, Okinawa, Japan


2001 September Second masters forms Battle of Atlanta


2002 January Winner men's forms over 40 John Chung's World Cup finals, Washington, DC


2002 April Runnerup men's forms over 50 Don Rodrigues' Ocean State Grandnationals, Providence, Rhode Island


2003 April Third over 50 forms Ocean State Grand Nationals, June fourth over 50 forms Bluegrass Nationals August headed Bermuda delegation at Okinawa Karate & Kobudo World Tournament/Seminar and Jundokan Dojo 50th Anniversary


2004 January First over 50 forms and forms grandchampion John Chung's World Cup Martial Arts Organization Finals


2004 August Tested to seventh dan in Okinawa by committee of Okinawa Gojuryu Karatedo Kyokai under Iha Koshin; Kristina Ingham graded to fifth dan


2005 January First over 40 forms John Chung's World Cup Martial Arts Organization Finals


2006 April Received lifetime achievement award from USA Goju as one of Grandmaster Peter Urban's early students


2007 January Skipper and Kristina received John Chung's World Cup Martial Arts Final Championship (WCMAOFC) "Promoters of the Year" award for the 2006 Bermuda Open Karate Championships; at the same event Skipper placed third in a field of nine for men's over 40 forms


2007 April First place senior forms at Gary Alexander's IAMA, one of the longest running competitions in the USA


2007 September Inducted into Bermuda Sports Hall of Fame


2008 March Participated in European Gasshuku of Okinawa Goju-ryu Kyokai (OGKK) in Murcia, Spain


2008 April Repeated his first place in senior forms and Gary Alexander's IAMA


2009 April Placed second among men 5th dan and above at Al Gotay's World Goju Karate Championships in New Rochelle, New York, after tying for first; repeated a first place finish at Gary Alexander's 47th IAMA Championships in Piscataway, New Jersey


2009 August Participated in Okinawa Traditional Karate World Tournament and OGKK 40th anniversary gasshuku, as well as training with HIchiya Yoshio


2009 November Placed third at Rick Diaz' Karate Tournament of Champions in Queens, New York, after a three way tie for first


2010 January Placed second at John Chung's WCMAOFC in Reston, Virginia


2010 April First in men's forms over 35 (fourth consecutive year) and forms grandchampion at Gary Alexander's 47th IAMA tournament, Piscataway, New Jersey


2010 October Placed second in men's kata 5th dan and above at Don Warrener's WKO Worlds in Brantford, Ontario, Canada 


2011 January placed second men's traditional forms over 40 at John Chung's World Cup Martial Arts Finals


2012 January placed second men's men's traditional forms over 40 at John Chung's World Cup Martial Arts Finals


2014 January placed third men's men's traditional forms over 40 at John Chung's World Cup Martial Arts Finals


2015 January placed first men's men's traditional forms over 40 and cograndchampion at John Chung's World Cup Martial Arts Finals


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