University of South Alabama Karate program is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. James M. Boyles on May 17, 2020.
His dedication, enthusiasm and instruction have left an ongoing impact on the karate instructors and students. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Mary Ann, his family and friends.
Dr. Boyles was an Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of South Alabama, who helped get the University's Biology Department started in 1964, helped establish and directed the University's Shotokan Karate program until his retirement in September 1989.
Dr. Boyles had been involved in karate training since 1965. He earned his first black belt degree in 1976, his second degree black belt in 1994, and was awarded the rank of third degree black belt after retirement.
Through his efforts, he established an academic activity course in karate with the College of Education granting Physical Education activity credit for karate beginning in 1976.
Dr. Boyles worked with Takayuki Mikami of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) to establish the means through which qualified karate students could be evaluated and have their belt rankings certified by JKA, a worldwide program of karate instruction. This association led to further advanced instruction for USA students as well as participation in collegiate tournaments and training camps throughout the southeast. USA karate students had access to training by recognized world champions in Shotokan karate throughout the years.
The University of South Alabama Shotokan karate program is deeply appreciative of Dr. Boyles & work, dedication and involvement in our program. His efforts have left a legacy of knowledge, the spirit of respect and persistence in development of excellence in karate. Over the decades he provided guidance, instruction and many witty stories. He will be greatly missed and we appreciate all that he has so generously given to his students.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome-mobile.com for the Boyles family.