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Renshi Michael P. Andrews was born in Poughkeepsie, New
York in 1968. He is the first son of Larry and Deborah Andrews.
He began his studies in Karate in 1977 under the direction of Sensei Mike
Mamos, 5th Dan (Mas Oyama’s School of Kyokushinkai-Kan Karate).
In 1991 he was introduced to Master Ed Lake. It was this
introduction that led Renshi Andrews to begin his studies in Ryukyu Kempo and
pressure points. In 1992 he met Grandmaster George A. Dillman, 9th
Dan. In 1993 Renshi Andrews met Grandmaster Jack Hogan, 9th
Dan. He was allowed to study under both men as at the time it fell
under the oversight of Dillman Karate International. In 2003 Renshi
Andrews was awarded 5th Dan from Grandmaster George A. Dillman and
in 2004 was awarded 6th Dan and Master Level 3 in Kyusho-Jitsu
from Grandmaster Jack Hogan. Today he continues his studies under the
tutelage of Grandmaster Jack Hogan. Renshi Andrews is the Southeast U.S.
regional representative of Hogan Karate International. Anyone who
wishes to gain knowledge and/or rank in the use of pressure points
(Kyusho-Jitsu) or Ryukyu Kempo as taught by Grandmaster Jack Hogan is to seek
an audience with Renshi Andrews in the Southeast U.S. region.
In 1991 Renshi Andrews met the most influential person in his life, Professor
Helen Chao. She was a professor in acupuncture before retiring.
When Professor Chao met Renshi Andrews she was amazed that every time she would
put a needle in him that he knew the angle, organ, element and energy flow
for each point used. It was at that time she decided to teach him
acupuncture. From that day on an amazing student-teacher relationship
evolved, which eventually led to a mother-and-son bond. Professor Chao
was more of a Karate teacher to Renshi Andrews than any other teacher that he
has ever learned from.
"I DEDICATE MY LIFE’S WORK TO THE ONE WOMAN WHO INFLUENCED
MY LIFE... IN THE MARTIAL ARTS AND IN MY LIFE. I AM A BETTER
TEACHER TO MY STUDENTS AND A BETTER HUSBAND TO MY WIFE BECAUSE OF HER LOVE
FOR ME AND THE PEOPLE THAT SHE CARED FOR… THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME THE
TECHNIQUES TO KEEP MY MOM ALIVE A YEAR AND HALF LONGER THAN THE LEADING
DOCTORS SPECULATED. THAT YEAR WE HAD THE BEST CHRISTMAS THAT WE'VE EVER
HAD. THANK YOU PROFESSOR CHAO. I LOVE YOU!"
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Sensei Jim Bermel
Sensei Jim Bermel was born in Piscataway, New Jersey in
1969. He is the first son of Jim and Carole Bermel.
He began his studies in Karate in 1985 under the direction of Renshi Michael
Andrews, 6th Dan. It was this introduction that led Sensei
Bermel in his studies in Ryukyu Kempo and pressure points. In 1991 he
traveled extensively around the United States with Renshi Andrews in their
quest to learn as much as they could with Grandmaster George A. Dillman and
Grandmaster Jack Hogan. In 2001 Sensei Bermel was promoted to the rank
of Shodan (1st Dan). In 2003 Sensei Bermel was
promoted to the rank of Nidan (2nd Dan) and in 2004 he was
promoted to Sandan, 3rd Dan Instructor Level and is
authorized to teach the requirements of Andrews Karate Institute and Hogan
Karate International. Sensei Bermel has also been awarded his
Intermediate Instructor Level 1 in Kyusho–Jitsu. He served as uchi-deshi,
or resident student, of Renshi Andrews.
He has since moved to
Greenville, South Carolina where he continues to run his school. Sensei
Bermel has studied under Renshi Andrews for over 17 years which makes him the
longest and most senior student of Renshi Andrews.
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Thomas "Mack" McCormack
Master Thomas "Mack" McCormack was born in 1939
of Irish immigrants in Brooklyn, New York. He is the first son of
Joseph and Bridget McCormack.
He began his studies in Judo while in the Army under the direction Sgt. Muir
in Fort Benning, Georgia. It was this introduction that eventually led
Sensei McCormack to his studies of Karate. After serving in Vietnam
from 1965 to 1968 in the merchant Marines, Sensei McCormack returned to the
United States in 1969. He met Master Choji Tiana which began his
studies in Orthodox Goju-Ryu Karate. Tiana Sensei studied under
Ichikawa Sensei of Ueno, Japan. Tiana Sensei taught Sensei McCormack to
research the arts. Sensei McCormack has traveled extensively to Japan,
Korea, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. In 2002 he met Renshi
Andrews. After that meeting a father-son relationship started, and the
two men have been inseparable since. Sensei McCormack came to Renshi
Andrews with the rank of 3rd Dan from Master Choji
Tiana. On October 23, 2004, Renshi Andrews alongside Grandmaster Jack
Hogan awarded Thomas McCormack the rank of 4th Dan based on his
extensive knowledge and technical ability in the martial arts. Master
McCormack serves as uchi-deshi, or resident student, of Renshi
Thomas McCormack has since
retired from the Department of Defense in 2004 and is a Senior Instructor at
Andrews Karate Institute. Whenever Sensei McCormack visits Saipan he
trains under the guidance of Sifu Kevin Wang in Chinese Medicine and Massage.
Sensei T. Hayashi
Sensei Hayashi was born in Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Prefecture, Japan in 1988. He is the first son of Hiromori and Yoshimi
Hayashi, both immigrants from Japan since 1995.
introduced to Taekwondo in 1995 at The Weiss School and began his studies
under Master Marika Powell, 6th Degree Black Belt (Academic
Taekwondo). Sensei Hayashi holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt
ranking in Taekwondo (Kukkiwon certified).
he was introduced to Renshi Andrews. At first he was intimidated
by the vast difference between Taekwondo and Ryukyu Kempo but eventually grew
to grasp both arts. He has attended both Grandmaster Dillman’s and
Grandmaster Hogan’s seminars and has learned much about Ryukyu Kempo and use
of pressure points. He is currently under Renshi Andrews' guidance to
learn the art of Ryukyu Kempo. Sensei Hayashi served as uchi-deshi,
or resident student, of Renshi Andrews.
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