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Written by Susan Wright.


        Sensei Al Martin, (Nanadan/Kyoshi) 7th Degree Black Belt, Began his Training in Okinawa's Shorin Ryu Karate in 1973. He started and Founded his first Karate Dojo's Called (Associated Karate Schools) In 1988 in Rome, Georgia. Sensei Al Martin is the Student and Son of the late Hanshi Al Martin Sr, (1922-1984)  who is Accredited with starting the First Shorin-Ryu Karate School in Dallas, Texas in 1951 after Returning from World War II.



After his Fathers Death in 1984 Sensei Martin had the honor of being taught by The Legendary Marine Corps. Shorin-Ryu Karate Instructor James 'Jim' Tyler as well as Kyoshi Steve Bagwell A Highly Decorated Airborne Ranger.


Sensei Martin has CONTINUED his Training under Hanshi Steve Dyer another highly decorated U.S. Marine who was also a Student of the Late Hanshi Al Martin Sr. and Kyoshi James "Jim" Tyler.


Sensei Martin  has Earned Various Certifications and Degree's In The Training and Developement Of Adults;  and Specialized Training  and  Development Degree's and Certifications For Children. Sensei Alton Martin M.Ed. has a Masters Degree in Education, a National C.D.A. in child development and growth, Associates degree A.S. (Associate of Science) in child Psychology. He is a Substitute Teacher as well as a Physical Education Teacher, Tee Ball and Little League Base Ball Coach. He Has Received many Awards for his work with Children and his Buster's NO Bully Program of which the logo he Created when he was in Elementary School.  Sensei Martin has thirty four years experience in Shorin Ryu Karate and is also a Noted Public Speaker, Sales Motivational Trainer, Self-Defense Master Instructor in Combatative and Non Combatative Self Defense, as well as Tai-Chi-Quan. He is considered one of the "TOP" Martial Arts Instructors for Children Ages two to eighteen in the U.S.A.


     Sensei Martin Has given Self Defense Instruction for Managers of Wal-Mart, Target, TJX Companies (TJ Maxx, Marshals), Sears, Publix, Kroger, Food Lion, and The Professional Business Men's And Women's Associations of America.  Currently Sensei Martin is teaching Karate in Day Cares as well as Public and Private School Systems here in the United States.


UPDATE:  2005


Sensei Martin is one of the few Pro Karate Instructors in the country who specializes in teaching children. Recently, he was voted as Teacher of the Year and selected as Martial Arts Leader of the Year 2005.


UPDATE:  2006

Sensei Martin has been Appointed as Regional Agent for the state of Florida for The National Security Alliance's Kid-Safe Network Division Sensei Martin has also been Promoted to Level 1 field agent status with the National Security Alliance he will act as a liaison between the community and the Kid-safe Network, and as a consultant and educator on issues dealing with child safety and danger awareness to local educators, community leaders and media groups. Aside from consulting and providing a pipeline of information to those who may need it, Kid-Safe Network Agents also provide free danger awareness seminars, safety fairs and workshops whenever and wherever needed. These seminars, fairs and workshops are normally organized with the cooperation of local community, church, law enforcement and educational leaders.