MICHAEL NORVELL, RENSHI, 6TH DAN
Education: Training since 1984 under such instructors as Robert Yarnall, George Winkler, and Tadashi Yamashita. Michael Norvell has earned a black belt in Matsubayashi-Ryu Shorin-Ryu as well as a black belt in Kobayashi-Ryu Shorin-Ryu.
Career: Michael has been active on the national circuits winning numerous grand championships in sparring, forms, and weapons. Michael was ranked #1 in the Mid-Atlantic region in men black belt forms and black belt weapons. In 1998 Michael was ranked #1 in the Mid-West region Jap/Oki forms and traditional weapons.
Currently: Founder of the Okinawan Karate-Do Academy. Michael works hard to be one of the most stylistic and accomplished competitors in the nation. His record is proof that an outstanding work ethic and commitment to excellence will pay off in the long run.
George Winkler, 4th Dan
Education: Training since 1965 with Melvyn Brown in Jujitsu also trained with Robert Yarnall since 1966 in Karate. George Winkler has a black belt in Matsubayashi-Ryu Shorin-Ryu from Shoshin Nagamine. Career: Sensei Winkler is a master in the art of self-defense and the art of grappling. He produces some of the best self-defense students in St. Louis.
Currently: One of the top instructors at the Okinawan Karate-Do Academy. He is constantly challenging students to do their best. It is a great honor to learn from Sensei Winkler.
Kenneth Hutchinson, 3rd Dan
Education: Sensei Kenneth says he originally started karate as a means to get in shape and to lose wieght. His first sensei in Shorin-Ryu was Sensei Courtney Davis at a local middle school gym, in 2003. He spent 2- 1/2 years studying under Sensei Scott where he achieved the rank of Shodan. He has since returned to expand and further his martial arts studies under the guidence of the instructors at the Okinawan Karate-Do Academy.
Career: He is new-comer to the tournament scene. He competes at local tournaments in the St. Louis metro area.
Currently: He is currently a student and instructor at the Okinawan Karate-Do Academy. Since returning, he has taken on the responsible of maintaining the newsletter and established the school's website. He is also responsible for logo designs and other media content.
Lee Lockhart, 2nd Dan
Education: Sensei Lee began his training in karate with Sensei Michael Norvell at the Okinawan Karate-Do Academy in March of 2004. he has also been training in self-defense under Sensei George Winkler, Sensei Courtney, and Sensei Matt Kunchek. He earned his 1st degree black belt in August 2007.
Awards/Recognitions: 2005 UKA 1st place adult beginner division champion in forms and sparring, and 2nd in weapons. 2006 UKA 1st place division champion Advance weapons and 2nd in adv sparring.
Career: Sensei Lee began his training in karate shortly after he signed up his sons; mainly because he has always been interested in martial arts. He started competing in tournaments as a yellow belt and is still currently active on the local tournament circuit. He started teaching as a brown belt and became an instructor as after earning his black belt.
Currently: Sensei Lee currently teaches and trains at the Okinawan Karate-Do Academy 5 days a week.
Sensei Melanie Lockhart, 2nd Dan
Sensei Melanie Lockahart began traing at the Okinawan Karate-Do Academy with Renshi Michael Norvel in 2005. In May 2008 she earned the rank of Shodan in Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu. Originally she started traing to stay fitand thought it was fun trying to keep up with her husband and sons. Traing with her family has keep them close, active, and healthy. Melanie began competing as a yellow belt and current compets and trains. She is actively involved with assisting OKDA students with training and development. Melanie is a member of the Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do Association.
Sensei Kharneyzia, 2nd Dan
Sensei Kharneyzia Phillips began her martial arts training under Renshi Michael Norvell in 2006. Awards/Recognitions UKA rank number one in sparring, weapons and kata 2007-2010,then began competing in the black belt women's division at 16.She began competing in tournaments as a yellow belt and is still currently active in the local tournament circuit. Sensei Phillips is a member of the World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do Association and the Okinawan Kobudo Renshi Kai and the United Karate Alliance Association. Sensei Phillips started teaching as a brown belt and became a head instructor as a blackbelt. She is a huge inspiration to the everyone in the dojo.