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Carolina Isshinryu Academy - Main Dojo
2585 W Roosevelt Blvd Monroe, NC 28110 Monday and Wednesday evenings at the times listed below:
Youth Class: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Adult Class: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Contact: Master Mitch Kobylanski at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

 


 

Grand Master Mitch Kobylanski (9th Dan)
Location/Date of birth:Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1953.
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:Ku-Dan - July 2006.
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 (1993), B.S. Industrial Engineering from Western New England College (1975)
Personal:Wife: Karen; children: Amber, Phillip, Jennifer, Alex; grandson Mason.

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Master Tim Grismer (7th Dan)
Location/Date of birth:Perham, Minnesota in 1958.
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began:1977 in Monroe, North Carolina with Master Kobylanski.
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate:December 27, 1983.
Date received present rank:Nana-Dan - July 2009.
Organizational support:Member of the AOKA since November 1977. Member of the USJA since June 2003. Senior Instructor of the Carolina Isshinryu Academy.
Awards (Martial Arts):AOKA Outstanding Male Instructor of the Year (2003). Certified USJA Level I Coach.
Awards (Professional/Civic):Boy Scouts of America: Cubmaster and Scoutmaster of the Year for Union District. Awarded the Scouters Key, Scouters Training Award, Powderhorn, Woodbadge Award. Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. Served on staff for three Woodbadge Course including serving as Woodbadge Course Director for Central North Carolina Council Course SR-490. Currently serving as Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, District Venturing Training Chairman, Council Training Committee and Summer Camp Committee. Tower Instructor Certified.
Profession:Insurance Sales
Education:Associate in Business from Wingate College (1979).
Personal:Wife: Matrell; Son: Dane.
Other:Assistant High School Swimming Coach for three years. Member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Served as training chairman for the local chapter and has won a number of professional and in industry awards.

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Sensei Justin Serpico (3rd Dan Isshin-Ryu)
Location/Date of birth:Morristown, New Jersey in 1974
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began:Summer of 2005 in Stallings, NC with Master Mitch Kobylanski.
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate:April 29, 2009.
Date received present rank:February 23, 2013 - San-Dan.
Organizational support:Member of the AOKA since 2005.
Profession:Technology Development Project Manager
Education:B.S. Biology and Environmental Ecology from UNC-Asheville - 1997
Personal:Wife: Sarah; Children: Gabrielle and Evelyn.

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Sensei Charlie Snearly (3rd Dan Isshin-Ryu)
Location/Date of birth: Detroit, Michigan in 1985
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began:September 1999 in Northville, Michigan with Master Robert White
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate:September 2009 - Sho-Dan
Date received present rank: May 28, 2013 - San-Dan
Organizational support: Member of AOKA since February 2008.
Profession: Communications and Public Relations
Education: B.S. Communications and Journalism from Albion College - 2007
Personal: Wife: Kathryn.

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Dr. Vittorrio Antonacci (1st Dan Isshin-Ryu)
Location/Date of birth:New York, NY in 1969
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began:March 2006 under Master Kobylanski
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate:Sho-Dan February 2011
Date received present rank:Sho-Dan February 2011
Organizational support:Member of AOKA since March 2006
Profession:Doctor Interventional Radiology Subspecialty
Education:BA Psychology New York University 1990, MD Downstate Medical College NY 1995
Personal:Wife Denise Children: Luca, Giorgio and Isabella

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