MICHAEL NORVELL, RENSHI, 6TH DAN
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
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
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.
Angela Lawson, 1st Dan
Education: Sensei Angela Lawson began her martial arts training under Sensei Michael Norvell in 2006.
In July, 2009 she earned her 1st black belt rank in Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu.
In October 2009 Sensei Lawson began additional martial arts training in Matayoshi Kubodo under Sensei Norvell.
Sensei Angela competes in the United Karate Alliance tournaments since the beginning of her training and
continues compete, train, and strive to be a better martial artist. She is actively involved with assisting
OKDA students with their training and development under the direction of Sensei Norvell. Sensei Lawson is a
member of the World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-do Association, the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei Kai, and the
United Karate Alliance Association.
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
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.
Lee Turner, 4th Dan
EDUCATION:Began Shorin Ryu Karate training in 1971 under Sensei Floyd
Boykin and Sensei Charles Beard. In 1991 earned a Black Belt in
American Kenpo Karate under instructors Sensei Gaskin and Sensei Mc
Mannass. 2002 received Black belt rank of Shodan in Hayashi-Ha
Shito-Ryu Kai under Shihan Carl Hultin and Soke Teruo Hayashi at Japan
Karate-Do of Northern California. Additional training includes
Yamanni Ryu Kobudo & Shorin-Ryu with Shihan Toshihiro Oshiro,
Goju-ryu under Sensei Mirkel Buchwald and Aikido under Sensei Elliott
Currently ranked as Sandan in Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do under the
instruction Mike Norvell Sensei 5th Dan and George Winkler Sensei 4th
Dan at his home dojo the Okinawan Karate-Do Academy St. Louis, MO.
Member of the World Matsubayashi Karate-do Association, AAU, and
AWARDS / RECOGNITIONS:
Medalist in national and international competition:
2003 Gold medalist Mens Kumite "US-Open Nat'l Karate Championships."
2002 Gold medalist Mens Kumite "USA-NKF Nat'l Karate Championships."
2002 Gold medalist Mens Kumite "JKR Ryobukai International Karate
2001 Gold medalist Mens Kumite "USA-NKF Nat'l Karate Championships."
2001 Gold medal Mens Heavyweight division National qualifier.
2001-2004 USA National Karate Federation ( State Referee , CA )
Currently working toward earning the rank of Godan under the the
instruction and mentorship of Sensei Norvell and striving to become a
better martial artist
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.