Roger Peroune, 4th Dan – Guyana
In 1997 at the age of 6, Roger Peroune began his journey in karate at the YMCA dojo in Guyana. His original instructors included, Shihan Charles Woon-A-Tai, Sensei Amir Khouri and Sensei Jackie Gomes.
Over the years, he received Kyu ranks examinations conducted by a mixture of Masters including Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai, Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki and Shihan Takayuki Mikami through the ISKF/JKA. Roger then took a hiatus to complete his studies. When he returned, he attained Shodan in 2010 from Master Frank Woon-A-Tai, then still with the ISKF. Later he would receive Nidan in 2011, Sandan in 2013 and Yondan in March of 2016 all conducted by Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai.
“My foundation and great start in my karate career, I credit to the combined tutelage of Sensei Amir Khouri, 6th Dan and Sensei Jackie Gomes. Currently, I still train with Sensei Khouri at his dojo. Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai has also been a great influence on my karate and I always look forward to his classes and seminars. I have had the opportunity to train with Shihan Josef Woon-A- Tai, Shihan Dexter Shim, Masters Okazaki and Yaguchi.”
Roger is an experienced tournament competitor with a fair amount of success.
“I’ve competed in a few local Junior National WKF Championships, where I medaled a few times but always missing the top spot on the podium. Upon my return to karate in 2009, I competed for the first time in the WKF Senior Nationals and came 2nd in the Kata division. In 2010 at the ISKF Pan American championships, I was on the Kumite team.The team made it to the finals for the 3rd place match but lost. In 2012 at the first IKD World Cup, my Team and I got 3rd place in Team Kata and Bunkai. The following year at the Caribbean Championships in Barbados, I came 2nd in the Individual Kata, 2nd in Team Kata and 3rd in Bunkai. The 2014 South American Cup, I finished 2nd in individual kata and 1st in Team kata and Kumite, also in 2014 at the Caribbean Championships in Trinidad, I took 3rd in individual kata. The IKD World Cup in 2015, I placed 3rd in Team kata and Team Kumite. 2016 at the Caribbean Championships in jamaica, I placed 3rd in individual Kata and 1st in team Kata. On the National level from 2013 to 2017 I’ve been the National WKF senior kata champion.”
Being a successful competitor has to come from a true passion of the art form. Roger’s passion was sparked by his uncle.
“I’ve always had an interest in karate especially with the help of my uncle who started karate under Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai in the 1970’s. So when I said I was interested and ready to give it a try, my parents with the endorsement of my uncle, immediately contacted Sensei Charles Woon-a-Tai and its been a great journey ever since.”
Roger is an Account Executive at his family owned Advertising and Marketing firm.
When he is not training, he is doing Crossfit or running 10k road races. He also does a weekly pub quiz and a random hobby he has picked up is Collecting and tasting Scotch and Rum.