Shihan Eric Rugh - 6th Dan
Master Eric Rugh began training in 1991 at the age of nine. He started training off of then Master Jack Buckley in the system of American Streetwise Karate and continues to train with now Hanshi Jack Buckley to this day. Master Rugh was the head instructor of the YMCA Kid’s Karate Program from November 2000 until the YMCA's closure in June 2018, although he has been teaching kids since 1998. Master Rugh earned his Black Belt in A.S.K. at the age of 16 in 1998, and he currently holds the rank of Roku-Dan (6th Degree Black Belt). He holds ranking in Ryukyu Kobujutsu (Okinawan Weaponry) of Ku-Kyu, under the instruction of Master Brandon Fisher and Master Heidi Gauntner. He also holds a white belt two stripe in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the instruction of Troy Fernandez and Professor Louis Armezzani under Professor Tony Passos.
Master Rugh is also the coach of the A.S.K. Competition Team. This team travels to competitions in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and has accumulated many awards over the years. Master Rugh has coached and trained a two-time KICKISS national champion, as well as many regional champions. Four of Master Rugh’s students have also been inducted into the Clarence West Superstars Hall of Fame after he, himself was inducted in 2005. He was also inducted into the WKU Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year in 2004. Master Rugh is a member of the A.S.K. Board of Directors as Vice-President, and a member of the SOMA Board of Directors as Vice-President handling Membership and Ratings. Master Rugh also works a full time job as a Disbursements Advisor for FedEx Services. He uses all of the hard work ethic he learned from the martial arts in his job to do it to the best of his ability. Master Rugh loves working with all of the students to make sure they can be successful in all facets of their lives.