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 Robinson Martial Arts Staff

Grand Master Randy “The Mighty Munchkin” Robinson

Grand Master Randy began his martial arts training in Chinese Kempo under Professor Martin Buell at his Aiea, Hawaii school in 1972.  Two years later he moved to southern California where he studied Shotokan Karate under Sensei Phil Jarvis.  Here he was promoted to assistant instructor and earned the nickname “The Mighty Munchkin” for his aggressive fighting style.  After relocating to his home state of North Carolina he began training in Goju-Shorin Karate with Dr. James Dozia, and Yoshitsune Ju-Jitsu with world renowned Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr.

He had a highly successful career as a national level competitor with a long list of wins.  He is a two time AAU Champion and Division Winner of the Battle of Atlanta.  In 1991, he was ranked a top-ten competitor in North America by the North American Sport Karate Association.

After gaining experience training, competing, and teaching for decades Randy founded the Sakura-Ryu™ style of karate, a martial arts system based on the principles of Goju-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu, and Chinese Kempo.  The new fighting system was built upon basic Okinawan karate traditions, but incorporates many non-sport Kempo style self defense techniques in order to help students be better prepared for real street confrontations.  In 2015 Sakura Ryu™ was recognized by the International Kuro Bushi Martial Arts Organization and was officially launched as a new style of karate.

Randy holds an 10th degree black belt in Sakura Ryu™ Karate and a 7th degree black belt in Goju Shorin. He is the current Executive Director of  Sakura Ryu Karate Systems, an inductee into the U. S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, an inductee into the American Martial Arts Alliance Who’s Who Legends Hall of Fame, an inductee into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honor, an inductee into the Kuro Bushi Hall of Honor as the 2014 Master Instructor of the Year, a member of the Kidz Action Martial Arts Choice Awards Board of Advisors, a member of the American Martial Arts Alliance Board of Advisors, a life member of the American Independent Karate Instructors Association, and a life member of the Kuro Bushi Martial Arts Organization.  He has been featured in Who’s Who in the Martial Arts book, Martial Arts Success Magazine, and Martial Arts World News Magazine.  Randy is also a writer and holds a degree in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Kyoshi Scot Robinson

Curriculum Consultant

Scot began his martial arts training in Chinese Kempo and Shotokan under his dad in 1984.  After his family relocated to their home state of North Carolina he began training in Goju-Shorin Karate with Dr. James Dozia, and Yoshitsune Ju-Jitsu with world renowned Soke Michael DePasquale, Jr.

He had a highly successful career as a national level competitor with a long list of wins that included the Battle of Atlanta, Burlington Nationals, and two AAU karate championships.  In 1991, he was ranked as a top-ten competitor in North America by the North American Sport Karate Association.

After years of training, Scot worked with his dad to launch the Sakura Ryu™ style of karate, a new martial arts system that became officially recognized as a new style in 2015.

Scot holds an 8th degree black belt in Sakura Ryu™ Karate and a 6th degree black belt in Goju Shorin.  He serves as a board member of Sakura Ryu Karate Systems, is an inductee into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honor and is the receipient of the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Martial Arts Award.  In 2016 he received their Ambassador to the Martial Arts award.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Asheville; a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Western Carolina University; a Master’s Degree in Historical Archaeology from University of Leicester in Leicester, England.  He is also a writer whose credits include Black Belt Magazine.

 

Sensei Carolyn Robinson

Instructor/Director of Business Affairs and Finance

Carolyn became interested in martial arts for self-defense while traveling on the national tournament circuit with husband, Randy, and son, Scot.  She began training in Goju-Shorin Karate in 1991 and as she trained and became more involved with her family’s competitions, she enrolled in coaching classes and certified as an AAU Karate Coach.

She graduated from Hardbarger Junior College in Raleigh, NC, with an accounting degree and attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville and East Carolina University.

Carolyn holds a 3rd degree black belt in Sakura Ryu Karate and a 3rd degree black belt in Goju-Shorin Karate.  She serves on the board of Sakura Ryu Karate Systems, and is the creator and head instructor for the innovative Sakura Ryu Tiger programs, as well as the director of all business and financial affairs for Robinson Martial Arts.

 

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