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Written by Susan Wright.

Kyoshi, Sensei Al Martin Began his Training in Okinawan 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  Developement Degree's and Certifications For Children. He is a Substitute Teacher as well  an 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 two 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 Walmart, Target, TJX Companies (TJ Maxx, Marshalls),  Sears, Publix,  Kroger,  Food Lion, and The Professional Business Men's And Women's Associations of America.
Sensei Martin is one of the few Pro Karate Instructors in the country who specializes in teaching children. Recently, he was voted  as Karate Teacher of the Year and selected as Junior Leader of the Year 2005.