Kyoshi Ken Morgan has been in the Martial Arts since 1968 and in addition to his initial Isshin Ryu training, he holds Dan rank in Shorin Ryu Karate Okinawan Kobudo and Goshin Jitsu. His Martial Arts performances have garnered awards in kumite and kata in tournaments throughout the Eastern Seaboard and in 2001 Shihan Morgan was presented with the prestigious “Martial Achievement” award during induction into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 2001 and the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008.
Mr. Morgan was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the City of Virginia Beach for co-development and organization of the Volunteer Martial Arts Program for At-Risk Children in Virginia Beach. He also served the community as coordinator of the Annual Naihanchi Cup Karate Tournament for the benefit of these children and his school sponsors the UMAA sanctioned Beach Blast Open Martial Arts Tournament in February each year. He is acknowledged nationally for his commitment to the need for recognition of the problem of missing and exploited children and for developing the first Martial Arts internet site directly linked to the National Center for Missing and Exploited children.
Mr. Morgan was born in 1953 in Bath, New York. The son of a United States Marine, he moved from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to the Quantico Marine Base area in 1960 and graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School, Woodbridge, Virginia, in 1971. He began formal karate training in Isshin Ryu Karate in 1968 under Gunnery Sergeant Donald F. Bohan at HQ Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. He distinguished himself early as a student and promoter of the Martial Arts by developing and teaching a Womens and Dependents Self-Defense Course at HQMC Quantico in 1971.
Before beginning Shorin Ryu studies, he studied Isshin-Ryu Karate Do under Sensei Donald Bohan, Kyoshi Karl K. Hovey and Sensei Lee Paul. While in high school he served as President of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and was awarded local, regional and state honors as DECA Student of the Year in 1971.
He has attended Old Dominion College, Northern Virginia Community College and Germanna Community College and is nationally recognized in the fields of sales and marketing for both product development and the design of specialized training programs. Ken is a NAUI Certified SCUBA Instructor and shares his interests in diving and Martial Arts with his two sons Matthew and Ryan.
Kyoshi Morgan currently serves as the Virginia State Director of the UMAA.
Belt Grading & Certifications:
7th Dan – Kyoshi, Okinawan Shorin Ryu