Sensei Kevin Seiler

Sensei Kevin Seiler



Kevin Seiler began his karate-do and kobujutsu training in 1989 under the supervision of Sensei Steve Kabboord of The Shorin-Ryu School of Karate in Satellite Beach, Florida. Over the next 5 years he earned the karate grade of Ni-Kyu (2nd rank before black belt) and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. He also attended supplemental training in Iaido, Suburi and Jojutsu under Sensei Jon Ellis and Jeff Grant of The Melbourne Aikikai and Kenjutsukai in Melbourne, Florida. Kevin’s love of the outdoors led him to work as a park ranger while attending the Brevard County Police Academy. Upon graduation, he started a career in law enforcement as a municipal police officer and volunteered as a reserve wildlife officer for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. In 1994, he put his civilian law enforcement career on hold to enlist in the US Air Force as a military law enforcement specialist. He was an Honor Graduate of basic military training and the Air Force Security Police Academy. Kevin was assigned duties as a criminal investigator (Detective) and eventually led an Air Force drug enforcement task force in Panama City, Florida. He continued to train relentlessly under Sensei Gene Orr and was promoted to the grade of Shodan (1st degree black belt). After completing a Master of Public Administration degree, he was selected to attend Air Force Officer Training School and was commissioned in 1998. He was assigned duties as a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and was licensed as a karate instructor under the World Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-Do Association (WMKA) in the grade of Nidan (2nd degree). During this time, Kevin added supplemental training in basic judo to his schedule and attended seminars in Aikido offered by the Aikido Association of America. His work required him to travel extensively and live in Japan for a number of years. While in Japan, he chartered a branch dojo of the WMKA, the only WMKA dojo on the Japanese main island of Honshu; the remaining Japan branches were all on the home island of Okinawa. Today, Kevin is a Security Forces Officer in the US Air Force Reserves and works for the US Fish and Wildlife Service – Office of Law Enforcement. He still travels frequently, training and teaching under the WMKA in the karate grade of Sandan (3rd degree). Kevin operates his home dojo in Memphis, Tennessee

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