Sensei Mark Blackson started his Martial Arts training in Hawaii in 1982
with Sensei Kenneth Funakoshi in Shotokan. While stationed there he met Sensei
Louis Olivera and convinced him to come over to the Okinawa system with Sensei
Paul Ortino Jr. Sensei Blackson stayed with Sensei Paul up into mid 1986
obtaining the rank of Shodan in 1985.
After getting out of the Marine Corps Sensei Blackson went into Law
Enforcement. He continued training in the Kenpo style and started training in
other forms while in law enforcement. He used the training for instructing law
enforcement officers and while on the job.
He latter moved to the state of Mississippi and began training in Shotokan
again under Sensei Jim Berry and Sensei Marshall Berry. After training with
them and obtaining Ni Dan under there instruction Sensei Berry closed his
school and Sensei Blackson opened his. At this same time he was able to make
contact with Sensei Paul Ortino again after several years, and went back to
teaching the Okinawa system under Master Paul. Sensei Blackson was
promoted to the rank of Nidan in 2004 in the Dharma Ryu Dojo.
Blackson's Martial Arts is a member of the USA NKF and SMAC. Sensei is the
district 1 rep for SMAC and has competed in several tournaments through out
his martial arts career. Sensei has been Grand Champion in his division
several times and continues to compete. He has had the chance to train several
students in Karate, and has had some students go to the Nationals and win Gold
Medals. They also went on to the Junior Olympics and medaled there.
Web site: www.blacksonsmartialarts.com