Glenn Cunningham - Chief Instructor
Glenn Cunningham, married 23 years with triplets, is a retired NYPD Second Grade Detective with 20 years experience working in Homicide Investigation, Computer Crimes, Kidnapping, Hostage Negotiations, City Wide Gangs, Street Robberies, Narcotics and International Terrorism and has received the prestigious NYPD Medal of Valor.
After retiring from the NYPD Sensei Cunningham became the Exceutve Director of Secuirty for the Tribeca Film Center & the Greenwich Hotel both owned by Robert Deniro.
He has studied the martial arts for over 35 years and is the owner of the Kouketsu Dojo, a branch of the Masaji Taira Sensei's Okinawa Gojuryu Karate-Do Kenkyukai. Cunningham Sensei was graded by Miyazato Sensei in Sept.1999 to Roku-Dan (6th Dan) and in 2008 he was promoted to Kyoshi Nana-Dan (7th Dan) by the Jundokan grading board members. In 2012 Taira Sensei replaced the Kouketsu Dojo Shibucho with his own from the Kenkyukai along with Kyoshi Nana-Dan ranking.
On 09/14/2014 Kyoshi Glenn Cunningham was promoted to Hachidan, 8th Dan by Taira Sensei
"What was true in the beginning is still true today, i.e. that the development of the inner self develops personal humility, respect and tolerance for all things of the universe and it is through this austere training that the learner is able to avoid life's obstacles and overcome insurmountable odds in order to live happily and without conflict. This is the true pursuit of classical Okinawan karate study." Anthony R. DiFilippo
"a master teacher understands that classical karate is a path of life and philosophy that both teacher and learner pursues in the search for enlightenment. In Japanese this is referred to as michi."
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