The Martial Arts Training Institute

Master Don Newell

Grand Master Irwin Carmichael

  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo
  • 9th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo
  • Full Qualified Instructor in Balintwak Cuentada Arnis
  • Member of I.S.K.K.F. Board of Directors
  • World Head Sokeship Council 2002 Hall of Fame Inductee- Lifetime Achievement Award
  • United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame Inductee- Man of the Year 2005
  • World Karate Union Hall Of Fame Inductee- Most Distinguished Grand Master of the Year 2006
  • Martial Arts World Magazine Hall of Fame -Most Distinguished Grand Master of the Year 2009
  • On Dec 1st, 2014 Irwin Carmichael was sworn in as the 44th Sheriff of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Master Glenn Carder

  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo
  • Level three in Balintawak Arnis
  • International Martial arts Council of America Hall of Fame Inductee
  • United Sates Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kempo-jitsu
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo 
  • Brown belt in Brazillian Ju-jitsu

Chief Master Hardley Soryz

Master Amy Hawkins

  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo 
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo
  • Certified Instructor in Tai Chi/ Qigong
  • Apprentice level in Shaolin Kenpo Kung Fu
  • 6th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo
  • USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame - Woman of the Year 2013
  • Gastonia Police Officer 
  • Officer of the Year 2004
  • North Carolina Law Enforcement General Instructor

Instructor Stuart Sloan

Master Alicia Pugliese

  • 6th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Nippon Jujitsu
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Kempo- Jujitsu
  • Full Qualified Instructor -Balintawak Cuentada Arnis
  • Member of I.S.K.K.F. Board of Directors
  • World Head Sokeship Council 2005 Hall Of Fame-Outstanding Student of Balintawak Arnis
  • United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame Inductee-Man of the Year 2006
  • World Karate Union Hall of Fame Inductee- Instructor of the Year 2006
  • Martial Arts World Magazine Hall of Fame -Most Distinguished Master of the Year 2009
  • World Head Sokeship Council 2010 Hall Of Fame inductee- Man of the year- Balintawak Arnis

Master Scott Hartsell

Master Barry Shaw

MATI certified instructors are personally selected by Grand Master Carmichael. Each candidate must go through intense instructor training, complete a criminal background investigation and be approved by the International Shorinji Kempo Karate Federation.

  • 7th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo
  • Completion of the Art in Balintwak Cuentada Arnis
  • Member of I.S.K.K.F. Board of Directors
  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kobudo

 About the Instructors