APEX Martial Arts
122 Commerce Center Dr Huntersville, NC 28078
Schedule: Saturdays 11am - See School Website 
Contact: Sensei Butch McLaughlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

MasterButch McLaughlin (7th Dan)

Name (Rank): Sensei Benjamin Smyth (4th Dan)
Location/Date of birth: Buffalo, NY/1990
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1997/Buffalo, NY/Universal Martial Arts/Gary and Patrice Castanza
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: May 2007
Date received present rank: September 2016
Organizational support: USIK, Former member of American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA)
Awards (Martial Arts): Apex Martial Arts male instructor of the year
Awards (Professional/Civic): Outstanding customer service
Profession: Electrical design engineer, Murata Machinery
Education: BS in computer engineering and BS in electrical engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2013)
Personal: loves cooking and video games

Name (Rank): Sensei Marisa McLaughlin (3rd dan)
Location/Date of birth: Buffalo, NY/1995
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1998/Buffalo, NY/Universal Martial Arts/Gary and Patrice Castanza
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: September 2009
Date received present rank: September 2015
Organizational support: USIK, WKF,NKF
Awards (Martial Arts): Bushido award 2006, Kin Kou award 2013, Young Female Karateka of the year 2010 (IHOF)
Awards (Professional/Civic): Outstanding Supervisor of the year 3 years running
Profession: Training and Development Coordinator, ESP Associates Inc
Education: BS in Psychology with a concentration on Industrial and Organizational and a minor in Public Health, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2018)
Personal: loves the outdoors and spends a lot of time at the local church

Name (Rank): Sensei Stephanie Esper (3rd dan)
Location/Date of birth:
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: June 2006/Huntersville, NC/Master H.C. Butch McLaughlin
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: October 2011
Date received present rank: September 2017
Organizational support: USIK, Former member of American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA)
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Profession: Artist/painter
Education: BS in management and BS in marketing, American InterContinental University (2004)

Name (Rank): Sensei Michael Hariaczyi (3rd Dan)
Location/Date of birth: Buffalo, NY/1978
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: June 2009/Huntersville, NC/Master H.C. Butch McLaughlin
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu Karate: December 2014
Date received present rank: September 2018
Organizational Support: USIK, Former member of American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA)
Profession: Senior sales consultant, Vanguard Marketing Corporation, Charlotte NC
Education: BS Business Administration, State University of NY at Buffalo (June 2001).General Securities Representative Exam (Series 7), 2002. Uniform Securities State Law Examination (Series 63), 2002. Additional license (Series 66), 2019

Name (Rank): Sensei Caroline Afifah Al-Khalil (3rd Dan)
Location/Date of birth: Spartanburg, SC/1999
Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: June 2010/Apex Martial Arts of Charlotte, NC/Master H.C. Butch McLaughlin
Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: May 2016
Date received present rank: September 2019
Organizational support: USIK
Education: Graduated 2018 at Mallard Creek High School and now a student at Central Piedmont Community College

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