Gerald “Awesome” Dawson was always quick with a smile or a joke and never hesitated to tell you what was on his mind. His history in the martial arts is deep and his sport karate career remarkable. Dawson was a native of Maryland and became coach of Team TDE in 2017. Prior he had been on top teams like Team Paul Mitchell and had an illustrious career. As he reached the executive level, he didn’t stop competing and held his own against any competitor who came before him. In 2018, Dawson was still competing as well as coaching. He won executive teams at the 2018 AKA Warrior Cup, he coached team TDE and was a devoted coach to his son, top competitor Kameren Dawson. His students dominated at the 2018 US Capitol Classics. Dawson dedicated himself to getting in shape during 2018 and frequently posted inspirational photos about his progress on social media. He was a great competitor, coach, friend and father. Tragically, Gerald passed on December 11, 2018, leaving an incredible legacy in his wake. He will be dearly missed by the sport karate community. He is posthumously awarded Best Executive Competitor of 2018 in the Viewers’ Choice Awards.