Courtesy…Respect…Honor…Perseverance…Courage…Teacher of teachers… All of these words describe Sensei Byron L. “Doc” Marriner, a man that is undoubtedly one of the best all-around Isshinryu Martial Artists in the United States.
Sensei “Doc” as he is best known is a Dentist. He learned his skills in the United States Air Force.
Coming from a small New Jersey town of Farmingdale, he began training in various martial arts and finally concentrated on Isshinryu Karate with his Sensei, Don Nash, in Howell, New Jersey over 40 years ago.
Sensei Doc has traveled numerous times to Okinawa to train and to learn the skills and history of Isshinryu from many well-known Sensei.
Sensei Doc is also a Historian of our art. He knows and understands the lineage and much of the history that surrounds Isshinryu and is always willing to share it as well as learn more and more each day.
Sensei Doc holds black belts in Tuite (Ni-Dan), Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo (Go-Dan) as well as Isshinryu Karate (Ku-Dan).
In the early part of September 2003, Sensei Marriner suffered a severe debilitating stroke that for the average man may have been the beginning of the end, but for Sensei Marriner, this was the fight that he has been training for all of his life.
To this day, Sensei Marriner still trains each day in his garage dojo at his home in Florida and welcomes various students from around the country that want to train and learn the way.
President Teddy Roosevelt said it best and Sensei Marriner brings to life the words of Roosevelt’s famous speech often referred to as The Man in the Arena: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”