Honorary Black Belt

What is a Black Belt?
A Black Belt is a symbol. It represents dedication, and the will to finish what we start, no matter the obstacles.
It’s a reminder of what we have been through, where we came from, and what can be achieved if we: commit to a goal in our mind, put it into action with our bodies, and let our spirits carry us forward.
A Black Belt it earned, not purchased.


1. Jennifer Watson Roberts
Jennifer Watson Roberts is an American politician who currently serves as Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. She was elected on November 3, 2015 having previously served four terms on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.


2. Ms Stephanie Range
Ms Stephanie Range, Principal of Barringer Academic Center receiving her Honorary Black Belt from Master Nelson on March 15th, 2014.


3. Mrs Karen Dillon
Mrs Karen Dillon, Principal of Antioch Elementary School, receiving her Honorary Black Belt from Grand Master Singh on March 15th, 2014.


4. Sue Wilkins Myrick
Sue Wilkins Myrick is the former U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, serving from 1995 to 2013. She is a member of the Republican Party. She was the first Republican woman to represent North Carolina in Congress. Received her Honorary Black Belt 2012.


5. James (Jim) P. Taylor
James (Jim) P. Taylor is serving his fourth term as Mayor of Matthews. Jim served on the Matthews Town Board for five terms before he was first elected Mayor in 2009. He is active in the community and has served as a board member of the Matthews HELP Center and the Matthews Volunteer Fire Department. A native of Miami, Florida, Mayor Taylor is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He works as Vice President of Finance in the Home Equity Segment of Wells Fargo. He and his wife, Joselyn have two children, Breanna and Brandon. They have lived in Matthews for over 25 years. Received his Honorary Black Belt 2013.


6. Matthews Mayor Lee Myers
Lee Myers was first elected to the Matthews Town Council in 1987. He completed two terms as a council member before he was elected mayor in 1991. He has served continuously as Mayor since that 2009.Received his Honorary Black Belt 2006.

7. Mrs Davis
Ms Davis is Principal of New Town Elementary. Received her Honorary Black Belt on 2012