Shihan James Blann began studying karate in 1975. He is the head of the Southeastern USA Karate-do Organization. He has been active as both a competitor and coach being a member of and serving on the national coaching staff for USA Karate National team for over 12 years. In addition, he served as national Coaches Committee Chairman from 2002 till 2004. Over the years, he has been the main contact for the USA Karate effort in the Southeastern part of the United States.