Sensei Stan Leach - Yondan
Began Training in TaeKwon Do 1979 under Sensei Bruce Barker Received 3 kyu rank before I had to leave due to injury. While in TaeKwon Do began Kickboxing, several matches in Maine & New Hampshire 1982 Trained with Jean-eves Teriault, Light heavy weight kickboxing Champion 1996 Began Training under Sensei Stan Wilbur in Shorin Ryu 1997 Opened School in Castine 1998 Began training with Sensei Brad Hamel 1999 Promoted to Shodan 2001 Promoted to Nidan Opened 2nd school in Orland 2005 Promoted to Sandan 2005 October, Traveled to Okinawa Japan to accompany my teach Sensei Hamel for his 5th Dan testing at Homobu Dojo along with his teacher Shihan Lazarus and several other black belts from Maine and New Hampshire. Demonstrated Kama Nidan Kata with Sensei Norman Guay at Hanshi Kise's book party for local Okinawan karate masters and dignitaries. In May 2009 promoted to 4th Dan (Yondan).
Sempai Corey Rickard - Sandan
Began training in 2000, as a way to get into shape and spend time with then 7 year old son, Bryan. Fell in love with the culture and tradition of the style. In 2005, I was promoted to Shodan in Bar Harbor during one of Hanshi Kise's visits and Testing. October 2005 traveled to Okinawa Japan with my Sensei Stan Leach and his teacher Sensei Brad Hamel. During the trip to Okinawa, I had the privilege of demonstrating Pai Sai Sho during Hanshi Kise's book party. Assisted Grand Master with classes at the Air force & Marine Bases on Okinawa. In 2007, I was promoted to Nidan at Shihan Greg Lazarus dojo in New Hampshire. I have the opportunity to train often with Shihan Greg Lazarus who has a school in Dover, NH. I also have been fortunate to train with Hanshi Kise & Kaicho Kise on each of their visits from Okinawa to Maine since beginning training in 2000.
Sempai Josh Leach - Nidan
1999 June, Promoted to Blue belt 2005 Promoted to Shodan 2007 Promoted to Nidan Trains with Shihan Greg Lazarus 7th Dan at least once a year and Grand Master Hanshi Kise yearly since 1998
Sempai Bill Zildjian - Shodan
1998 Started as one of Sensei Leach's first students in Castine 2003 Promoted to Shodan Has trained with Shihan Shipes in Athens Texas and Sensei Reed in San Diego
Sempai Dennis Cash - Shodan
1997 Began training in Shorin-Ryu under Sensei Stan Wilbur 1998 Began training under Sensei Brad Hamel 2004 Promoted to Shodan 2007 Stopped training due to personal reasons 2011 Began training with with Sensei Stan Leach Has attended several trainings with Hanshi Kise and Kaicho Kise. Trained regularly with Hanshi Greg Lazarus In Dover, NH. Attended Hanshi John Shipes tuite camp in Dec. 2011. Working on attaining Nidan (2nd) degree blackbelt.
Sempai Michelle Burgess - ShodanStarting training with Sensei Leach in 2005 so her daughter would have a training partner. Received black belt August 28, 2010. Has attended yearly training camps with Hanshi-se Kise and Kiacho Kise. Also, attends yearly camps with Hanshi Greg Lazarus in New Hampshire. Has been honored to train with Hanshi John Shipes in Texas at his annual Tuite camp. Has trained with Kyoshi Engelby from Minnesota. Assisted with several Woman's self defense classes as well as regularly assist teaching in the Orland dojo. Currently working towards attaining my 2nd degree (nidan) rank.