I trained in Judo at the age of 12 years old. We trained once a week, our instructor was transferred to another part of
the country, we lost our teacher.
Following this loss I entered high school and began a wrestling career, losing only 4 matches in the four years I
wrestled. I can thank judo for a lot of my wrestling success and later on when I took up motorcycling the judo
experience really paid off for me. I began enduros, flat tracking and hill climbing and I have to say with all the falls,
flips and crashes, without the knowledge of break falling I would not be alive today.
After high school, I was drafted to fly border patrol in Berlin. Returning in 1968, I continued my career in wrestling as a
hands-on assistant coach for my former high school.
It wasn't till I just turned 45 that because other girls at school were picking on our daughter the three of us decided to
start karate. I came full circle in my life and I was back to the martial arts. We were training with Grandmaster Al Smith
at the Red Dragon Karate School.
Throughout my training in the martial arts, I have taken every opportunity to attend and participate in numerous
seminars. Master Iberl taught us Bando, Shihan Larry Isaac's taught seminars on weapons and Kata, I have taken
classes in Lake Placid, NY and Nashville, Tenn. Even during vacations, I never leave my martial arts training behind. I
have also taken numerous seminars with Grand Master Kise, Master Frank Williams, Sifu Lewis, Mike Stone, Stephen
Jimerfield, Bill Wallace, Master N. Morgan Woods, Master George Epps, Grandmaster Gary Alexander, Don Wilson,
Soke Mike DePasquale, Master Doug Perry, Kaicho Robert Morton, Sensei Charles Garrett, and Dr. Ash. I have
received certifications in Tuite from Master Frank Williams, and look forward to participating, when available, his next
level of classes.
April 1, 2016 presented with Life membership with International Okinawan Budo-Kai
May 1, 2005 I received the rank of Renshi, teaching certificate, from Shihan Frank Williams. January 15, 2006 the
rank of Shodan in Jujitsu from Soke Michael DePasquale. June 1, 2006 Rank of Godan, 5th degree black belt from
Shihan Frank Williams. July 16, 2009 rank of Ni-dan from Yoshimatsu Akamine. June 1, 2011 6th degree (rokudan)
black belt rank from, May 2015 I was presented with 7th degree, Nanadan by Shihan Frank WIlliams, UMAA, June 1,
2020 I was awarded 8th degree Hachidan rank from Shihan Frank Williams
I have always been a competitor throughout every aspect of my life, and the martial arts have been no different. I
began competing as an orange belt and still compete in the senior/executive divisions today accumulating some 500
Awards I received: 9-14-01 IAMA Outstanding Male Competitor from Shihan Gary Alexander, 6-29-02 WKU Male
Competitor of the Year from Sensei Frank Tasetano, January 2004 Action M.A. Excellence in the Teaching of Martial
arts from Master Alan Goldberg. 2005 Bushido Award from Soke Michael DePasquale. 10-21-06 AMAA Male Shorin
ryu Instructor of the Year from Master Jesse Bowen. 9-29-07 UMAA Master Weapons Instructor of the Year from Shihan
Frank Williams. 6-28-08 WKU School of the Year from Sensei Frank Tasetano. 9-5-09 UMAA Bronze Life Achievement
Award from Shihan Frank WIlliams. 11-14-09 IFOJJ Shoto Award from Soke Michael DePasquale. 11-21-09 IAMA
Matsumura Shorin ryu Master of the Year from Shihan Gary Alexander. May 21, 2011"Legends of the Martial Arts" hall
of fame, I was awarded Male Matsumura Shorin Ryu instructor of the year.
November 17, 2012 IAMA Matsurmura Seito Hozon Kai Sensei of the year for 2012
May 21, 2016 awarded Who's who in the international hall of fame by Shihan GJ Torres
Trained in Okinawa with our instructor Yoshimatsu Akamine Sensei, July-August 2006, July 2009 and July-August
2010, July & August 2011,May 2012, July & August 2013 , I was given the title of Kyoshi from Akamine Sensei on
Tuesday August 3, 2010. July 20, 2014 Akamine Sensei presented me with Shihan memkyo.
I am now at the point in my life, where I am very thankful to God that I have my health and that I am still able to pass
on what I have learned over the years from many of today's great masters to those dedicated students beginning their
long journey, or to young black belts who are still eager to learn. My journey is far from over. I have too much to learn
yet, and for me to continue to help feed the young minds and bodies of future martial artists I must continue to learn
myself. As a result of my desire to continue and grow, and light the spark in many of today's children, adolescents, and
adults in the community that want to reap the many benefits of martial arts training, my wife and I purchased and
renovated a building to become the only martial arts dojo in Alpha, New Jersey I look forward to guiding many more
students to follow the right path in the martial arts and in life, hoping they continue to become better than I can ever
be. This is my new goal. My wife and I would have not undertaken this enormous project, at this stage in our lives, had
we not felt in our hearts and souls, that this is what we are destined to be teachers of martial arts and life skills. The
talents our students demonstrate are evidence that what they are learning is changing their lives for the better.
My Journey in the Martial Arts
Sensei Gary J. Melick 8th degree Black Belt
Student of Yoshimatsu Akamine Sensei of Okinawa
Akamine Sensei in
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