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Patrick McCarthy Hanshi is a Japan-accredited 9th Degree Black Belt, and 5th generation student of Okinawan Karate with an impeccable lineage of Okinawan master instructors; starting with his teacher Kinjo Hiroshi and his teacher's teacher, Hanashiro Chomo, Itosu Ankoh who preceded him, and his master, Matsumura Sokon Uncle to Hohan Soken), — historically the tradition's most visible pioneer. A Canadian-born Australian migrant, McCarthy has studied the art of karate since childhood, and enjoyed an outstanding competitive background, before embarking upon a lengthy journey as a field-researcher in Japan, where he ultimately resurfaced as a best-selling author. Responsible for having developed the first academic undergraduate martial arts course anywhere in the world, McCarthy is best known for his discovery and English translation of the ancient Bubishi, of which he is regarded its leading authority.In an effort to help develop a definitive source through which to preserve, impart and gain authentic accreditation and worldwide recognition and accreditation, two of the leading authorities of the fighting arts (Hanshi Patrick McCarthy and Grandmaster Evan Pantazi), have come together to establish the Kyusho-Jutsu Kokusai Shihankai 急所術国際師範會 [International Association of Kyusho-Jutsu Master Instructors].

Patrick McCarthy: Chairman




Evan Pantazi arguably the most prolific exponent of the ancient art of Kyusho-Jutsu, American martial arts authority is internationally known for his cutting-edge research, catalogue insightful books, educational DVD's and hands-on instructional seminars. Regarded as a grandmaster he's traveled the world many times over spreading and his contributions to the art have truly set precedence. Researching the truth of Kyusho as well as dispelling the myth and mystery that surrounds this body of knowledge, Pantazi has designed the first true international Kyusho curriculum to enable others to learn in a logical progression that achieves high degree of success in minimal time.

Together, McCarthy and Pantazi are two of the most knowledgeable and sought after instructors anywhere in the world today. With them they bring unprecedented opportunity for any and all seeking to gain worldwide recognition and accreditation in this venerable art of Kyusho Jutsu.

 Evan Pantazi: Technical Director

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Kyusho-Jutsu Kokusai Shihankai