Kevin McGrath Hanshi began his training with O’Sensei Peter Urban at the Shanghai Dojo in Chinatown, NY in 1967. His lifetime involvement and dedication have earned him the respect and admiration of the Martial Arts Community far and wide. He holds Dan ranks in a variety of Martial Arts systems as well as being an expert in Kobudo (the use of Oriental Weapons).
He has earned many accolades in Martial Arts magazines and print as well as participated in TV and movies. Being a “Man of Dao”, he has also given back to his community by running several programs and training others in his own school.
On November 1st, 2006, McGrath Hanshi achieved the rank of Kudan (9th Degree Black Belt) and his title under Senior Shihan (10th Degree Black Belt) E.J. Verycken, USGKA International.
This rank is recognized by the Most Senior Masters of Urban/USA Goju Karate-do. McGrath Hanshi is a current member of the All American Goju International Karate Foundation, is one of the highest ranking members of the Board of Examiners for NEMAC, and certified Defense Tactics instructor to the NYPD.
He is now the chief instructor to the Little Dojo Goju-Ryu Karate-do school network, hard at work at training State and National Champions.
• 9th Degree Black Belt Goju-Ryu Karate-do/Kobudo
• 5th Degree Black Belt (Renshi) Aiki-Jujitsu
• 3rd Degree Black Belt Ed Parker International Kempo Karate Association
• Chief Instructor to Little Dojo Goju-Ryu Karate-do school network
• Former two-time NY State AAU Kata Champion
• Class AAU International Certified Official
• Former North American Lightweight Full Contact champion
• Certified Defense Tactics instructor to NYPD
• Certified Senior Unarmed Combat instructor
• Registered with the Police Tactics Instructors of America
• Chief instructor for the Town of Clarkstown Parks and Recreation Dept.
• Founder of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Karate program
• Instructor for Little Tor PTA After School Cultural Arts program
• Board Member of the All American GoJu International Karate Foundation
• Induction into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame; Master and Instructor of the Year
• Induction into Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Fame
• Appearances in:
o Martial Art World Video Magazine, Issue #7
o Who’s who in the Martial Arts Elite
o Who’s who in the American Martial Arts
o Who’s who in the Martial Arts, Volume #1
o Action Martial Arts magazines
o MSG Network
o Masters in Action II, 1993
o Grand Masters in Action, 1993
o TNT Channel 15 CCNY, Harlem, USA
o Masters of the Martial Arts/Wesley Snipes/Amen RA Films
McGrath Hanshi is available for Seminars!