Carolina Isshinryu Karate Academy is member of the United Southern Isshinryu Karate (USIK) organization under the direction of:

Grand Master Mitch Koblanski - Ju Dan - 10th Degree Black Belt

  • Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1969 in Holyoke, Massachusetts with Grand Master Lewis Lizotte
  • Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: October 1971
  • Date received present rank: Ju-Dan September 2014
  • Organizational support: Member of the AOKA since November 1971. Member of the AOKA Board of Directors, former member of the AOKA Promotion Board, and AOKA Advisory Board. Routinely contributes to the AOKA Newsletter and maintains/supports the AOKA Website. Member of the USJA since May 2003. Head Instructor of the Carolina Isshinryu Academy.
  • Awards (Martial Arts): Spirit of Isshinryu by the AOKA (1995). Sensei of Sensei from Isshinryu Hall of Fame (IHOF) 1999. Inducted in the the IHOF (2003). Certified USJA Level I Coach.
  • Profession: Sales Manager Imex Packaging Matthews, NC
  • Education: M.B.A Winthrop University, B.S. Industrial Engineering from Western New England College

Master Dean Scott - Roku Dan - 6th Degree Black Belt

  • Head Instructor at CIKA
  • Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: My training began in 1985 where I attained the rank of 4th degree brown belt in Chun Chi. I transitioned to Isshinryu in Toms River, NJ with Shihan Don Nash/ Master Byron Marriner/ Master Ray Raccuglia
  • Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: December 1992
  • Date received present rank: Roku-Dan December 2013
  • Organizational support: Member of the USIK since November 2006, Head Instructor of the Carolina Isshinryu Karate Academy, USIK webmaster
  • Profession: Engineering Project Manager
  • Education: M.S. Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering from NC State University, B.S. Computer Information Systems from NC Wesleyan College, A.A.S. Electrical Engineering from Ocean County College
  • Email: sensei@karateNC.com

Sensei Jason Huntley - Yon Dan - 4th Degree Black Belt

  • Sr. Instructor at CIKA
  • Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1995 in Monroe, North Carolina with Master Tim Grismer
  • Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: July 1998
  • Date received present rank: Yo-Dan February 2007. Purple belt in Jujitsu December 2015
  • Organizational support: Member of the USIK since 1997. Instructor at Carolina Isshinryu Karate Academy
  • Awards (Martial Arts): AOKA Outstanding Black Belt of the year - 2002. AOKA Spirit of Isshinryu - 2003
  • Profession: Computer Programmer
  • Education: B.S. Computer Science with concentration in Electrical Engineering from UNC-Charlotte

Sensei MJ Kuchenbrod - San Dan - 3rd Degree Black Belt

  • Instructor at CIKA
  • Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1990 in Vernon, New Jersey with Sensei Larry Hill
  • Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: March 2015
  • Date received present rank: San-Dan August 2018
  • Organizational support: Member of the USIK, Instructor at Carolina Isshinryu Karate Academy
  • Profession: Technical Director AT&T
  • Education: B.S Computer Science from East Carolina University
  • Email: mj@karatenc.com

Sempai Scott Pumer - Ni Dan - 2nd Degree Black Belt

  • Assistant Instructor at CIKA
  • Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began:
  • Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: March 2014
  • Date received present rank: Ni-Dan March 2015
  • Organizational support: Member of the USIK, Assistant Instructor at Carolina Isshinryu Karate Academy
  • Profession: Computer Programmer
  • Education: B.S
  • Email: scott@karatenc.com

Sempai Lauren Kuchenbrod - Ni Dan - 2nd Degree Black Belt

  • Assistant Instructor at CIKA
  • Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 2012 in Apex, North Carolina with Master Dean Scott and Sensei Jason Huntley
  • Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: February 2017
  • Date received present rank: Ni-Dan February 2018
  • Organizational support: Member of the USIK, Assistant Instructor at Carolina Isshinryu Karate Academy
  • Profession: Research Technician, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Education: B.S. in Animal Science from North Carolina State University; M.S. in Animal Science & Physiology from North Carolina State University
  • Email: lauren@karatenc.com

Sempai Robert L'Heureux - Ni Kyu - Brown Belt

  • Assistant Instructor at CIKA
  • Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 2013 in Apex, North Carolina with Master Dean Scott and Sensei Jason Huntley
  • Date received present rank: Ni-Kyu June 2017
  • Organizational support: Member of the USIK, Assistant Instructor at Carolina Isshinryu Karate Academy
  • Profession: Information Technology
  • Education: B.S Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University