Carola Lehmann


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As a child Carola always wanted to study a kind of self-defense sport, but there was no possibility. No Asian sport was offered next to our village in Germany. Later when she studied nursing at the nursing-school in Erlangen, a schoolmate said she knew a dojo for a "calm and smooth" Asian sport.  The first thing Carola witnessed was the impressive sanchin-test! Her response was “Calm and smooth??? Wow! What a power, what an energy!”  She decided that this would impress her for the rest of my life... so she started to study Uechi Ryu.  Carola remains particularly interested in the self-defense aspects of her karate. Always eager to learn more, she has sought out and participated in as many karate seminars and training camps as possible. When not at karate, Carola leads a busy life working at the hospital as a nurse, spending time with her family and getting out into nature.

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Personal Information  

Current Occupation or profession: Nurse, University Hospital of Erlangen-Nurnberg
Marital Status:
Hobbies, special interests or skills: Nature, motorcycling, walking, reading books, watching videos with our kids
Age 32
Karate Information
Current Rank: Shodan
Total years of Study: 8 1/2
Current style: Shohei Ryu
Current Dojo: Joachin Rottinger
Dojo Location: Erlangen, Germany
Current Instructor(s): Joachim Rottinger, Michael Pophal
Association Affiliation: Okikukai/Shohei Ryu
Karate training and years attended:

May/June 1993: Uechi Ryu Camp Bad Kissengen (Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Peggy Hess)

October 1994: Weekend seminar, Erlangen, (Igor Prasnikar) 

August 1995: Summercamp Pokljuka/Slovenia (Yukinobu Shimabukuro)

August 1995: Weekend seminar Erlangen (Exercise: Foujou Suparempei Kata--- Simon Lailey Interpretation, transcribed by Bill Glasheen)

March 1996: Weekend seminar Gojo Ryu, Bad Kissingen (Exercise: Kumite) Mr. Michael Hoffman
June/July 1996: Uechi Ryu Camp Bad Kissingen (Mr. J. Summers, J. Dowd, Mrs. Peggy Hess

August 1996: Summercamp Pokljuka/Slovenia, Mr. J. Thompson, I. Prasnikar, S. Nadizar, K. Ristic

May 1997: Uechi Ryu Camp Bad Kissingen, Mr. Thompson, J. Summers, J.Dowd, Mrs. Peggy Hess. 

May/June 1998: Uechi Ryu Camp Erlangen, Mr. Nakahodo, J. Thompson, H. Yamashiro, Mrs. Peggy Hess

March 1999 Journey/visit to the Chatan-Dojo, Okinawa, black belt test, Mr. Nakahodo, Mr. Nakamatsu, Mr. Yamashiro, Joachim Röttinger, Michael Pophal and other sensei.

May 1999: Uechi Ryu Camp Erlangen, Mr. J. Thompson, J. Summers, Mrs. Peggy Hess and Mr. Brian Diamond

June 2001 Uechi Ryu Camp Bad Kissingen, Mr. J. Thompson, J. Summers

Other Martial Arts or Weapons Studies: April 1999 Weekend Budo-Seminar
Karate Promotions


Certificate Number

Date of Issue

Location of Promotion

Ikkyu December 14, 1997 Dojo Joachim Rottinger Erl.



March 23, 1999

Chatan Dojo, Okinawa

Educational Background  

College/University/Vocational School: Exam for Nursing '93, in Germany


At what age did you begin to study karate?
19 years old.

Why did you choose to study karate?
I am very interested in self-defense sport. But the most interesting things are the culture, religion, traditions and the way of life in the Asian countries, like Japan and China!

Was there a reason why you chose to study Uechi Ryu?
Was it destiny? Or much fortune - to find the best and right way of learning karate with the style Uechi ryu!!! I hope you understand what I feel for I can’t explain this with words...

What does this tour to Okinawa mean to you?
To learn so much as possible about "special" self-defense for women and mental training!!!

How has your martial arts study affected or changed your life?

Some years I lived only for Uechi-ryu training and the people who have studied with me. We have spent the most free time or holidays together for the summer: autumn camps, sailing tours, Törns and some other "Uechi-actions" like Bergkirchweih or Druckhaus.

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