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					              Shihan John Garcia “2006 Master Instructor of the Year”
                                                   Biography

Garcia Shihan has been involved in the Martial Arts for over 30 years. He started his endeavors at the early age
of 9 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. He entered the Urban Goju Family under the instructions of then
Sifu Anthony Lau and Sensei Archie Rullan. At age 12, he became Sensei Rullan’s youngest Black belt.

The art became a lifestyle for Garcia Shihan. He pursued his Martial Arts knowledge in Shotokan under
Professor Mario Arthur, and Kumite-ryu Jiu-jitsu under the instruction of Shihan Greg Alexandria and Soke
“Little John” Davis, where he also acquired his Nidan and Sandan levels.

Here are some of his accomplishments:
    New York State AAU Champion from 1980-1982
    Captain of the East Coast Martial Arts Karate Team 1981-1983
    National AAU Forms Champion 1982
    Canadian Open Champion 1982
    Finished Top 5 in 3 different Categories in F.A.M.E. in 1993
    Certified Professional Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America 2001
    Elected to the Board of Directors for the F.L.M.A. 2005
    Promoted to Yodan in 2006 by Hanshi Archie Rullan
    Promoter of the Sarasota Martial Arts Challenge
    2001 – present is teaching Karate as part of the Physical Education Curriculum at the Sarasota School of
       Arts and Sciences
    Has 90 students involved in his program which was voted FLMA’s 2005 and 2007 School of the Year
    FLMA State Champion 2005 and 2006
    2005 had 27 State Champions, 2006 had 26 State Champions. (as young as 5 years old), 2007 had 24
       State champions
    2007: Founder/Head Coach of the Sun Coast Martial Arts Competition Team
    Awarded “Master Instructor of the Year” by the Cosmopolitan Hall of Fame Brotherhood in 2006
    Certified W.A.K.O. Official
    Winner of numerous Open Sport Karate Competitions
    2007: Coordinator for the U.S. Open World Martial Arts Competition in Orlando, Florida
    2008: Sarasota Martial Arts Challenge selected as a U.S. Open Series Event
    2008: Promoted to Godan by Hanshi Archie Rullan

He is one of the most sought after Judges in Open Sport Competition because of his personality, fairness, and
sportsmanship.

				
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