The Isshinryu Hall Of Fame

All Isshinryu Practitioners Building & Recognizing Master Tatsuo Shimabuku's Vision Together

Lamon Kersey (Inducted 2013)

Master Lamon Kersey started his training in the Martial Arts in 1968.  He began with boxing and Judo and then moved on to Isshinryu Karate in the early 1970s with Bob Markovich.  Some of his early instructors were Don Shapland, Lloyd Russette, Harry Acklin, and most recently Grand Master Willie Adams. 


Master Kersey opened his first school in a small community center in 1973; from there he opened three more locations around the Windsor, Essex county area.  Master Kersey started teaching karate full time in 1982, and at that time he also started competing, hoping to make a name for himself to help draw attention and hopefully new students into the school. 


The Ontario Nationals Karate Championship was initiated, which attracted people from all over Ontario and Michigan.  Some of the top competitors took part in his tournament, which ran for over 25 years.


Master Kersey taught self-defense in Essex County high schools for more than 25 years, and he recently retired from teaching at the high school level and now focuses on the youngerschool students.  He has given over 100presentations for children of kindergarten age all the way through grade 8.  He was inducted in to the International Karate Hall of Fame in 1991.  Master Kersey joined NAPMA (National Association of Professional Martial Artists) in 1996 and completed the ACMA (American Council on Martial Arts) certified instructor training.  He continued to study the business systems of the top schools in North America and grew his single school to well over 600 active students.  In 2004, Master Kersey was on the cover of MaSuccess Magazine.  During the past 30 years (as of April 1, 2013), 461 Black Belts have graduated from Mr. Kersey’s Karate School, Ltd.


Master Kersey continues to train and study the Martial Arts.  He currently holds instructor status in CDT (Compliance, Direction, Take Down), LRT (Last Resort Tactics), ITC (Personal Protection Specialist) and Commando KravMaga.