K.V. Manorahan, Kyoshi ( Kobudo )
In 1996 Shihan K.V.Manoharan contacted to Hanshi Naonobu Ahagon reguarding Kobudo instruction . In 1997 Shihan K.V.Manoharan visited Okinawa and became a student of Kobudo under Ahagon Sensei. He frequently travels to Okinawa continuing his Kobudo training. In 1999 K.V.Manoharan received a certificate for International Kobudo Instructor, International Referee and got permission to teach Kobudo all over the world except in Okinawa.
In November 2004 he received the rank of Godan (5th Dan) in Kobudo as well as a Renshi title from Ahagon Sensei. K.V. was the first foreign student to receive this rank and title (Reg #1).During his visit in March 2014 K.V. was promoted to the new rank of Rokudan (6th Dan). This is the highest rank given by Ahagon Sensei to a foreign student to date.
Michael H. Evans, Kyoshi ( Karate & Kobudo )
Michael Evans first introduction to the Martial Arts was at the age of twelve when he started Judo. Later at the age of seventeen, he began training in the art of Shorin-Ryu Karate. He has continued his training and teaching of this art for the last thirty years. He achieved his Shodan (1st Dan) in 1983, his Nidan (2nd Dan) in 1985 and his Sandan (3rd Dan) in 1987. In 1990, he was fortunate enough to go to Okinawa and test for his Yondan, (4th Dan). He received his Godan (5th Dan) in 1994. He received his Rokudan (6th Dan) in Okinawan Karate as well as his Yondan (4th Dan) in Kobudo (Weapons) in 1999 under the Shorin-kan association. Note that in 1995, Michael received his first of two Shihan (teaching certificates) the 2nd, and most important to him in 2000 when he began training with Ahagon Sensei. In 2004 he received his Rokudan (6th Dan) in Chico from Ahagon Sensei as well as his Renshi title. He also was promoted to Yondan (4th Dan) in Kobudo, receiving the teaching title of Shihan. Michael was recognized as an international instructor by Ahagon Sensei. In 2007 he tested and passed his Godan (5th Dan) in Kobudo. In the spring of 2010, he tested for Nanadan (7th Dan). In the 1980's, Michael was a top tournament competitor. He has competed in hundreds of tournaments wining or placing in most. During the 1987 tournament season, Michael was rated number one in fighting for California and Nevada by the Professional Karate League. Michael has taught many seminars regarding, Self Defense, fighting, and the martial arts in general throughout California, Nevada, and Montana.
Mark Spear, Kyoshi ( Karate & Kobudo )
Mark Spear started training in the martial arts in 1975 in Mystic, CT. His first style was Judo, a Japanese art that was very popular at the time that was being taught in the area. Mark earned the rank of brown belt. At age 13, he studied Kung Fu, Pai Lum system. Mark studied with Respholi Sifu until his untimely passing. He then found a Shorin-Ryu school in Westerly, RI called NEMA (New England Martial Arts) under the ownership and direction of Robert Celico Sensei, student of Patrick Hayden Sensei. He trained with Celico Sensei until the NEMA closed. He began training with Luzzi Sensei of Northeast Karate in Westerly, RI. He was promoted to Shodan in the spring of 1991. From 1991 until 1992, he received instruction from B. Algier Sensei at the Knights of Columbus karate club. Never leaving his Shorin-ryu training, he was later able to supplement his martial arts knowledge in Goju-ryu with Fisher Sensei in New London, CT from 1991 through 1996. From 2002 through 2008, he trained Shorin-Ryu Shidokan with Algier Sensei (at the direction of R. Herten, Sensei of NJ) at the first and second location of the Okinawan Karate Institute. On May 27, 2009 Naonobu Ahagon Sensei appointed him Chief Instructor for Reihokan for the State of CT and he was granted a Shihan license. His dojo, Black Bear Traditional Martial Arts Center was recognized as the Shibu Dojo for the Reihokan Association for the state of CT. In August 2012, Spear Sensei was promoted to Nanadan (7th Dan). Spear Sensei has been teaching for over 28 years. In April of 2015 received the promotion to Yondan (4th Dan) in Kobudo, during his visit to the honbu dojo. He has instructed with agencies such as the State of CT, Navy training academies, State of RI, Town of Westerly, and many others. He is currently certified to instruct for the following groups: American Red Cross, R.A.D., American Women's Self Defense Assoc., NRA and Town of Westerly. Spear Sensei has been training in the Martial Arts for 40 years and have trained with some of the best Shorin-Ryu students/teachers in the world.
Sean Jensen, Renshi ( Karate & Kobudo )
Sean Jensen began his training in Kenpo in Sacramento, California in 1974. After moving to and from West Virginia, Jensen Sensei resumed in his training in Kenpo in Chico, California in 1976. He began his formal training in Shorin-ryu under the tutelage of Michael Evans, Sensei in 1988. Jensen Sensei supplemented his martial arts training between 1995-1997 studying Judo, Jiu-jutsu and Chito-ryu. Since 1997, Jensen Sensei has had the privilege of teaching students traditional Shorin-ryu Karate-do and Kobudo. In 2000, Jensen Sensei was fortunate to travel to Okinawa where he had his first opportunity to experience the quality instruction of Naonobu Ahagon, Hanshi.
In 2011, Jensen Sensei was promoted to the rank of Godan (5th degree) and was awarded the title of Renshi in Karate-do from Ahagon Sensei. In 2012, he was promoted to Sandan (3rd degree) in Kobudo. Jensen Sensei received his Shihan title's in both Karate-do & Kobudo, (teaching license), from Ahagon Sensei in 2012. He received a promotion to Yondan (4th Dan) in Kobudo during his visit to honbu dojo in February 2015. He was promoted recently to Rokudan in Karate-do in March of 2016 while training in Okinawa.