Hanshi Paul Ortino, Jr. is presently a
9th Degree Black Belt promoted on July 10, 2010. He was a
student under the late Grand Master Seikichi Odo. He began his martial arts training in Judo in 1968. In 1969, he studied for a short while under Sensei George Dillman (Okinawa Kenpo). In 1970, he studied Tae Kwon Do under
Grandmaster Robert Dunn in Pennsylvania.
While in college at UNC-G from 1972 to 1974, he studied Shotokan (Sensei Charlie Lewchalermwong) and Pai Lum Kung Fu (Sifu Don Howard). It was in 1974 when Sensei Ortino began training under Shihan Al
Smith (Red Dragon System). He achieved his Shodan, Nidan and Sandan under his direction over the next eight years.
He began his training in Okinawa Kenpo under Hanshi Richard Gonzalez
in Hawaii in 1982 and has continued to train under the Okinawa Kenpo
system to the present day.
Ortino opened his first dojo in 1975 and he has been teaching ever
since. Sensei Ortino has dojos throughout the United States.
As a competitor, Sensei Ortino has been a top competitor along
the East Coast in the 70’s, as well as being rated in the 80’s and 90’s by the Hawaii Karate Congress in Kata, Kumite, and Kobudo in both
the open as well as the 35 and over Division.
Sensei Ortino has been the Commissioner for the Aloha State Games (Karate)
from1990 to 2002. He served as the president of the Hawaii Karate Congress, a member of the Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai.
He has taught all branches of the military 1980 until 2006.
OKKKF 2005 Certification