A Person's heart is the same as heaven and earth.
-First Code of Isshinryu
Carolina Isshinryu Academy - Monroe, NC
5:30PM to 6:30 PM
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Contact: Sensei Don Gyr at
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Sensei Don Gyr (5th Dan Isshinryu)
Location/date of birth: Batavia, New York in 1965.
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1985 in Rochester, New York with Sensei Curt Sawyer.
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: August 2000.
Date received present rank: Go-Dan in Isshinryu - August 2012.
Awards (Martial Arts): Participated in karate demonstration to commemorate the reopening of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan in 1992.
Education: A.A.S Optical Technology, Monroe Community College 1988. B.A. Physics, St. John Fisher College 1990. Commercial Diver Certification, Divers Institute of Technology 1998. Personal Trainer Certification, Cooper Institute 2002.
Personal: Wife: Lesley; Daughter: Erin.
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 Isshinryu rank: April 29, 2009 - Sho-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.
Sensei Charlie Snearly (3rd Dan Isshin-Ryu)
Location/date of birth: 1985 in Detroit, Michigan
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: September 1999 in Northville, Michigan with Master Robert White
Date received Sho-Dan Isshinryu rank: September 2009.
Date received present Isshinryu rank: May 28, 2013 - San-Dan.
Organizational support: Member of the AOKA since February 2008.
Profession: Communications and Public Relations
Education: B.S. Communications and Journalism from Albion College - 2008
Personal: Wife: Kathryn.