Charles A. Rice, Jr. began training in Isshinryu Karate at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Grand Master Willie Adams at the Dexter-Davison Dojo in Detroit, Michigan. He was promoted to Roko Dan (6th Degree Black Belt) in 2010 by Grand Master Adams.
Master Rice was a world class competitor in kata, weapons and kumite traveling throughout the U.S.A. from New York to California to Florida and most states in between. He competed internationally in Canada, Ireland, Portugal and Spain and was a member of the World Karate Council and United States Martial Arts Team. He was an all-around martial artist proficient in becoming a 3 time World Champion winning 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals in kata, kumite and weapons. Outside the ring he was the perfect gentleman and inside the ring he was a fierce competitor but always respectful of his fellow competitors and judges.
In 2011 Master Rice opened the Belleville Martial Arts dojo in Belleville, Michigan. A year later he was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to teach while undergoing treatment until the disease became too much for him to handle. In July 2014 the Isshinryu Hall of Fame awarded Master Rice the “Spirit of Isshinryu”. An award of which he was most proud.
During his last fight in Spain, his leg was numb and there were only 18 seconds left. The score was tied and he had to give up or “take the guy out.” He decided he would “take him out.” He did, winning the gold medal. He learned that while it is hard enough to fight the things you can see, it was even harder to fight the things you couldn’t see. Master Rice fought his last fight September 8, 2014. He leaves a legacy of a true warrior.