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Sensei Brent Holland (4th Dan)

Location/date of birth: Wilmington, North Carolina in 1975

Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 1988 at Cox’s Isshinryu Karate in Wilmington, NC with Sensei Brian Cox.

Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: February 13th, 1992.

Date received present rank: Yon Dan

Awards (Martial Arts): Isshinryu Hall of Fame Finalist for "Dojo of the Year" 2005 and 2006.  Promoted to Sho-dan in Okinawan Kobudo by Renshi John Maisenhelder on July 29th, 2006.

Profession: High School Physical Education Teacher

Education: B.A. in Theater from UNCW (1998) Teacher Certification for Physical Education grades K-12 from UNCW (2004)


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Mr. Byron Holland (3rd Dan) - Co-owner

Location/date of birth: Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1969

Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: 2001 at Cunningham's Isshinryu In Tarboro, NC under Renshi Tim Cunningham.

Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: November 15, 2003.

Date received present rank: San-Dan

Awards (Martial Arts): Isshinryu Hall of Fame Finalist for “Male Karate-ka of the Year” in 2005 and 2006.

Awards (Civic/Professional): Multiple time winner of North Carolina Press Association Awards. Associated Press Photograph of the Month in August of 2002.

Profession: Photo Editor for the New Bern Sun Journal

Education: B.A. in History from UNCW (1993) Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina (1998)

Personal:  Wife: Becky  Children: Mia and Casey


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Mr. Jay Graham (3rd Dan)

Location/date of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1968

Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: June 2002 at Cape Fear Isshinryu in Castle Hayne, North Carolina with Sensei Brent Holland

Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: December 11th, 2004

Date received present rank: San-Dan, September 2010

Awards (Martial Arts): Cape Fear Isshinryu Dojo “Spirit of Isshinryu” Award for 2003.

Profession: Project Manager for Rulmeca Corporation

Education: Applied Science Degree - Electronics Engineering from Cape Fear Community College (1988)

Personal: Wife: Robin Children: Kayla, Austin and Brandon

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Mr. Terry Kuhn (3rd Dan)

Location/date of birth: 1964 in Lancaster Pennsylvania.

Date/Location/Instructor where Isshinryu training began: January 1993 at Cox’s Isshinryu Karate in Wilmington, NC with Sensei Brian Cox.

Date received Sho-Dan in Isshinryu karate: August 20th, 2005

Date received present rank: San-Dan, September 2010

Awards (Martial Arts) CFI Dojo Dedication Award Winner in 2005 and 2007

Awards (Civic/Professional): Honorary Crew Member of the WWII Battleship North Carolina

Profession: Electronics Technician at the Battleship Memorial

Education: Received Technical Training in the Navy.

Personal: Wife: Trish  Children: Jacob, Dean, and Reagan

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Mr. Josh Lee (San-Dan, December 2011)
Mrs. Robin Graham (San-Dan, August 2012)
Ms. Aubrey Holland (San-Dan, August 2012)

 

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