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Sensei Barnhart Kenedy Space Center Retiree

Sensei Barnhart performing Kata. Sensei Barnhart majored in Computers and minored in physics. He easily explains technique and the economy of movement.

Sensei Barnhart performing Kata. Sensei Barnhart majored in Computers and minored in physics. He easily explains technique and the economy of movement.

Donald Barnhart worked at the space center for 28 years as a computer programmer. He was a working man, up at dawn, lunch packed and with badge in hand, out the door! His wife, Judy Barnhart calls him a steady Eddy! You can always depend on Don Barnhart to get the job done. He was on call 24 X 7 like a doctor to solve computer problems. For the last 22 years he spent most evenings on the karate deck. Sensei Barnhart is know for his sense of humor and attention to detail. Whenever he bumps into someone he knows at Publix or around town, he is asked: “Are you still teaching at that Karate School”. And his reply is: “Yes. I have no plans to retire from Karate”. Here at the karate school, we call Don Barnhart, Sensei. He is a 6th degree black belt and much like Jack Lalane, he is strong like a bull and challenges himself to do more as the years pass. Who would believe Sensei Barnhart turned 70 this year? Sensei Barnhart is a kind gentle man but still a force to be reckoned with!

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