ANNOUNCEMENT: As of July 28th 2009, after discussing this with one of my close colleagues, I am making a complete and total switch in my training and teaching. My personal goal is to develop my karate to meet standards set forth by Sensei McCarthy in Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu. I had kept my roots in my former system for a long time to help me foster relationships and market "KU" to the practitioners of Shotokan karate. I have decided to detach myself from being known as a Shotokan instructor and am now focusing on becoming known as a Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu instructor. It is my intention to spread the word of the IRKRS and to disseminate Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu throughout North America and wherever else I may roam. This decision is easy as I can no longer make any sense out of the many splintered branches that call themselves Shotokan based disciplines. The only thing that makes sense to me are the theories and practices of "KU". PL

My name is Paul Lopresti.  I began studying karate in the Fall of 1977, at the ripe old age of 7.  This is partially due to the fact that my father had been training since 1972.  We trained directly under Sensei L. B. Safar who was a student of Sensei T. Okazaki.  I made Shodan on June 12th, 1982 with the JKA/ISKF.  On August 6th, 1986, I was awarded the Grade of Nidan through the AJKA.  I continued to train up until I began college.  Then my training frequency dropped off from 1988-1995.  But I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education, as well as a certification in Athletic Training with the N.A.T.A.  In January of 1995, I came back to training with a purpose.  Three years later on June 19th, 1998, I was awarded a Sandan.  Later on that same year, I ruptured my ACL Ligament in my right knee and had it repaired (this proves that you can begin or continue to train no matter what circumstances you may have to overcome).  On December 4th, 1999, I received my first Instructor Training Certificate.  This course was about 14 months of meeting once a week to discuss topics such as techniques, kata bunkai, teaching hurdles, sport karate, etc., as well as some pretty grueling training sessions.  This was not a book or correspondence course!!! I have also completed, with honors, the Karate Instructor Certificate course offered by Long Island University and SKIIL. In 2002 I was awarded Yondan by some senior Amercian Karate figures andI was also officialy titled the Technical Director for all of Shotokan Karate Jutsu and their member clubs. I have been published in the New Zealand magazine called Fight Times for an interview with Hanshi McCarthy. As well as co-authored a book with Dr. M.V. Stricevic at Long Island University which will is available through Scientific Karate Institute International entitled Karate: Martial Art and Sport Vol. 7. The second book co-authored with Dr. Stricevic on sweeping techniques was available in 2004.
In 2006, I was recognized as Instructor of the Year for the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society. On April 14th 2007, I earned the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt).   Today at age 39, I continue to train a minimum of 3 classes per week and instruct from 2-3 times per week as well as enter into MMA style training.  I continue to attend seminars by Sensei McCarthy and his American affiliates on Koryu Uchinadi.  In the summer of 2004 Hanshi McCarthy awarded me Yudansha rank in Koryu Uchinadi. In 2005, I was again awarded Shidoin by Hanshi McCarthy certifying me as an accredited instructor of Koryu Uchinadi. On August 14th 2010 I was awarded a 5th Degree Blac Belt in Aiki Kenpo Jujutsu by Hanshi McCarthy. This website is a small compilation of what I have learned. My knowledge, and certainly Hanshi McCarthy's knowledge, of this topic is much broader than what is shown here.  Once again, if you are interested in learning proper application of these techniques, please contact us ASAP!!!!


Paul with Renshi Olaf Krey at 2009 NA Gasshuku



The future Mrs. Lopresti with Sensei Lopresti.

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