Mitch Kobylanski began his studies of Isshin Ryu in 1969 in Holyoke, MA under the tutelage of Master Lewis Lizotte. Prior to relocating to North Carolina in 1977, Master Kobylanski was rated in the "top ten" in the New England area for three straight years in Kumite, Forms and Weapons.
Master Kobylanski has been a member of the American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA) since its conception in 1973. He has held a variety of positions with the AOKA, including member of the Board of Directors. He travels extensively through the Southeast, South, Midwest and Northeast promoting Isshin Ryu karate in the form of seminars, testing and tournament participation. He has personally conducted seminars in MS, FL, SC, TN, NC, VA, IN, IL, MI, MA, CN and RI.
Since the 70's, Master Kobylanski has actively been involved in raising money for various charities through seminars, demonstrations and clinics. He has helped generate monies for the Shiner’s Hospital, Holy Angels (orphanage), outside play equipment for a local pre-school and fund raisers for area Middle and High Schools.