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Instructors
Sensei Toni McSorley, the head instructor and shihan, brings almost 40 years of Martial Arts experience to the classroom, where students receive a “liberal arts” education in a style which encompasses open-handed, weaponed, and grappling arts. She was recently promoted to the rank of 8th degree by the International Alliance Ranking Board.

Sensei McSorley has been inducted into the US National Martial Arts Hall of Fame five times: Woman of the Year (2001), Female Master of the Year (2002), Head Founder of the Year (2003), Chaplain of the Year (2004) and as the first female Pioneer Award Recipient (2005).

Passions and Possiblitites Interview 

 



Sensei Billey Golden has been a karateka for 33 years. He began studying with Arts of the Samurai in 2001 and earned his Agedo First Degree Black Belt in 2004. Billey is a US Army veteran who has had the privilege of training in many different styles of martial arts.

With a hard-charging desire to share his experience with others, Billey began assisting teaching the Junior Classes and upon obtaining his Black Belt began teaching adult classes. During his years as a martial artist, he has competed in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, Germany, Cancun, Mexico and Athens, Greece. His recent awards include: US National Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2005 as Male Martial Artist of the year, World Division Grand Champion 2004, National Points Champion 2004, and US National Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2003 as Instructor of the Year.

See Sensei Billey's Pump Handle Break.

 



Sensei Mark Jerger has been involved with Karate and Gung Fu for more than 21 years and has been instructing for 18 years. He began studying Isshinryu Karate in February of 1986, under Go-Dan Ken Richardson. Sensei Mark’s study of Hindiandi Gung Fu began in 1991, under A. J. Advinucula. In April of 2006, he was promoted to Yon Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) in Isshinryu Karate/Kobudo by A. J. Advincula.

Career Highlights
1987–1988
Assistant Instructor Richardson's Karate, Tyler, Texas
1988–1994
Senior Instructor Richardson's Karate, Tyler, Texas
1994–1996
Co-Founder, Instructor - North Tyler Isshin-ryu Karate Club,
Tyler, Texas
1998–2000
Instructor AJAGWA Martial Arts, Tyler, Texas
2000–2001
Head Instructor AJAGWA 2 Martial Arts, Tyler, Texas
2001–2002
Head Instructor AJAGWA 2 Martial
Arts, Knoxville, Tennessee
2004-2007
Assistant Instructor – Arts of the Samurai - Isshinryu
2005
National Points Champion – Black Belt Men 35-39
2006
National Points Champion – Black Belt Men 35-39

 

 


 


Sensei David Martin
has been involved with Karate for almost five years. He was recently promoted to shodan (1st degree Black Belt)  in September, 2008. Sensei David began studying Agedo Karate in March of 2004, at Arts of the Samurai in their previous location. An enthusiastic karateka, he developed his first tournament kata in July 2004, which was subsequently banned permanently and with prejudice in November 2004 when it entered the domain of dojo legend. There is a story there. Keep watching, perhaps he will tell the story someday.

You can read Sensei David's humorous blogs by going HERE.

 


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