All Isshinryu Practitioners Building & Recognizing Master Tatsuo Shimabuku's Vision Together
Cyndy Jones (Inducted 2016)
Cynthia Collamer Geer (Jones) was born in Rochester, New York on February 26, 1941. Cyndy Jones has been training in Isshinryu Karate for 35 years. Over the years, she trained under many instructors, most significantly Sensei Joseph Fontana and Master Kichiro Shimabuku. Master Shimabuku promoted her to Ku-Dan in 2012 and gave her the title of Hanshi in 2013. In 1994, Master Jones hosted the IWKA World Karate Championship in Rochester, NY.
Master Jones started Collamer-Jones Karate, Inc. in 1986 and has been teaching karate as well as self-defense ever since. In her early years, she was an active competitor in National AAU and IWKA Karate Competitions. In recent years, she has concentrated on taking her tournament team to competitions.
Master Jones is a Senior Instructor in both the Filipino Martial Arts and JKD Kung Fu under Sifu Kevin Seaman. She is a Yon-Dan in Iaido under Shihan John Drouin. She teaches these martial arts in addition to Isshinryu Karate at her school, which is located in Bergen, NY. Her other martial arts training includes the rank of Ni-Dan In Kyokushin Karate under Shihan Michael Monaco, as well as Thai Boxing under Sifu Seaman.
After a serious bout with cancer, Master Jones started her karate training at the age of forty. She feels strongly that karate contributed much to her well-being and that it is never too late for a person to start training. Whether practicing alone, taking a class, or teaching a class, Master Jones always finds something new and enjoys herself. Master Jones is married to Evan Thomas Jones. They have four children and nine grandchildren.