AFMA BIOS

LONNIE K. JONES, HANSHI

Professor Lonnie Jones is the Head Instructor of the Traditional Shotokan 

Karate-Do Institute program. Professor Jones has obtained the rank of 9th degree Blackbelt in Shotokan Karate and KuboJutsu. Professor Jones is the Executive Director of the American Federation of Martial Arts in addition he holds the ranking title of Hanchi in A.F.M.A. and the International San Ten Karate Association (I.S.K.A) Hanchi meaning Master or Model teacher. Professor Jones currently teaches at New Jersey Institute of Technology (N.J.I.T), where he has taught karate for 24 years for college credit under the physical education department.

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Professor Jones received is Blackbelt in the Philippines in 1977, while serving in the United States Air Force. He has trained in various martial arts system in Okinawa under Master Moreiyama and Sensei Richard Pierce and Sifu John Lee in Taiwan. After returning back home to Newark, New Jersey from is military tour of duty. Professor Jones trained under World-renowned Master Hanchi Adolfo Ennever and World-renowned Grandmaster and founder of the Way of the Wind American Ninjutsu System Professor Ronald Duncan.

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Professor Jones has provided martial training and seminars in Panama, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Mexico and Canada. Professor Jones has promoted and directed many international karate tournaments and is a senior international tournament referee. He has also been inducted in the World Karate Union and American Federation of Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

JOHN TURNBULL, HANSHI

John Turnbull has been practicing martial arts for more than 50 years, beginning in the mid 1960s when he was serving in the US Army.  Prior to that, Turnbull boxed in amateur venues, but after the service continued first with jujitsu and then with karate.
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Turnbull has been operating a Shotokan dojo in Southampton NY continuously for more than 35 years, and frequently travels to give gasshukus regionally, nationally and internationally.
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Among his instructors and mentors over the years have been Achee Lee, Thomas Gettling, Anthony Mirakian, Lionel Worrell, Hidetaka Nishiyama and George Sasano.  To these instructors, Turnbull owes the greatest debt of gratitude.

ERIC BLAIZE, SHIHAN

Eric Blaize was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1959.  He began his karate training in his freshmen of college at Adelphi University, NY. He attended daytime karate classes for credit at the university and trained at a tradition American GOJU dojo in the evenings for 4 years. Upon graduation from college in 1981, Eric Blaize joined a Shotokan dojo under the instructions of Soke Adolfo Ennever. Through Soke Ennever’s association Mr. Blaize also trained with O’Sensei Ronald Duncan.

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Mr. Blaize has been a member of the American Federation of Martial Arts (AFMA) for over forty years and currently holds the rank in Shotokan Karate-Do of 7th Dan in AFMA and a 5th Dan in World Japanese Karate Association (WJKA).  He holds instructor’s certification in both organizations.

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Currently, Sensei Blaize continues his karate training and is accountable to Hanshi John Turnbull (Board Member of AFMA and WJKA). Sensei Blaize dojo location is in Raleigh NC.  

ARDEN JEANTILUS, SENSEI

Since then I have studied many martial arts forms, like Shorin-Goju-ryu, Okinawan Kempo, Kobudō and Ninjitsu etc. I competed and received awards in many international, national, and regional martial arts tournaments, like AFMA, AAU, Garden State Games, and NASKA. 

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Martial Arts have been an integral part of my life for the past 28 years. I currently hold 4th Dan in Shotokan karate under American Federation of Martial Arts. Besides my passion for the martial arts, I also work as a principal mechanical engineer in radio frequency power amplifier for ground and airborne based radar telecommunication systems.  

HERRY GRAVES, KYOSHI

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KEVIN JONES, SENSEI

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