Mr. Hawkey joined Metamora Martial Arts in 2004, but has been involved with the martial arts since 1969.
He earned his original black belt in 1972 in Shigero Nagazato’s Shorin-kan system under instructor Sam Faulkner. In 1974, he came to Peoria and trained with Randy Holman at Phil Koeppel’s school, earning his first-degree black belt in Okinawan Shuri-ryu karate in 1975. Subsequent degrees were earned in 1976, 1980 and 1986. His 4th-dan rank was re-certified in 1991 by the International Shuri-ryu Association.
Mr. Hawkey’s promotion to fifth-degree black belt came in 1998 under Sensei Joe Walker, under whom he’d been recognized as a chief instructor for a total of 23 years. The promotion had been pending since 1987.
Master Robert A. Trias used Mr. Hawkey as a good example of what a fifth-degree black belt should be doing and writing. Unfortunately, before Mr. Hawkey received his promotion, Master Trias passed away.
Mr. Hawkey remains a fifth-degree black belt today.
He has competed and participated in demonstrations, seminars and workshops all around the United States and the world. In 1976, as part of Master Trias’ United States Karate Association Team, he demonstrated in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Mr. Hawkey has also participated in seminars or workshops with Shigero Nagazato and Yasuhiro Konishi (an instructor of Master Trias), Oyata, Gakiya, George Dillman and Franco Sangrinetti, as well as 25 years of seminars presented by Master Trias and the Shuri-ryu chief instructors. In 1999, he participated in a demonstration in Okinawa as part of a memorial service for Matayoshi Shinpo.
Mr. Hawkey is an accomplished competitor. National USKA rankings placed him 6th for kata and 13th in kobudo (1976). Regionally rated under Robert Bowles in 1989, he stood at 4th place in kobudo and 5th place for kata. In 1986, he was on the World Championship team for koshiki fighting.
Aside from these exploits, he has also trained in escrima, and was awarded 4th-degree weapons certification (tachi) from Master Trias in 1986.
Mr. Hawkey is a retired school psychologist.