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Roku-Dan (6th Degree)
43 Years Martial Arts
Sho-Dan (1st Degree)
7 Years Martial Arts
Ni-Dan (2nd Degree)
11 Years Martial Arts
Yo-Dan (4th Degree)
29 Years Martial Arts
Ni-Dan (2nd Degree)
9 Years Martial Arts
I am the Chief Instructor of the Maryville Martial Arts Dojo (school). The style of martial arts we teach is Isshinryu Karate.
This is an Okinawan style created by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku. He took what is considered the best of Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu and combined them into one style, which he considered to be a very complete and balanced style of Karate. By balanced, I mean a fifty-fifty mixture of hands and feet techniques, offensive and defensive techniques and hard and soft techniques. Isshinryu Karate has become
Known world wide as "the Master's style."
I became a practitioner of Isshinryu Karate in late 1970 at the age of fourteen years old. I began my training under Mr. Lewis Simmerly, who opened the first official dojo (school) in Blount County. I trained under Mr. Simmerly until I joined the military in early 1973 at the age of seventeen years old.
I received my first degree black belt in March 1984 and my official instructor's certification in 1986. I was one of the instructor's at the Maryville College karate class for many years.
I later began training under Michael Garner, as well as becoming an instructor at the Tennessee Martial Arts located at Seymour, Tennessee. I have dedicated the majority of life to the art of Isshinryu Karate. I was awarded the rank of sixth-degree black belt, or Roku-Dan in December 2005.
At the present time I hold the classes for Maryville Martial Arts at my home. I do this for a very specific reason. By teaching at my home, I do not have a large overhead. I do not have to pay a large amount of rent for space, utilities and maintenance. This means I do not have to maintain a certain number of students and charge high prices just to be able to
keep the class in operation. Maryville Martial Arts is a member of the International Isshinryu Karate Association. (I.I.K.A).
Not only do I keep my rates low and affordable, I do not sign people to long term contracts. Many dojos (schools) have gone to contracts of, normally between six months to a year, which you pay for whether you continue to take the classes or not. With Maryville Martial Arts, you pay your class fees at the beginning of each month. If you decide the classes are not for you, then you are under no obligation to continue and certainly don't have to pay for something you are not using.
Furthermore, at Maryville Martial Arts, there are no testing fees for rank promotions. Again, many schools are now charging theses fees to help pay the overhead of the school. At Maryville Martial Arts, you test only at the invitation
of the instructor, and only when the instructor deems you ready. When you pass your test for promotion, your new belt is awarded to you because you have earned it. This is done at no extra cost to you.
We are very family oriented. For this reason, Maryville Martial Arts also has a family rate plan. The first member of the family pays the full price and each additional family member is half-price. The family membership is restricted to immediate family members only.