Grand Master Robert Markovich is one of the pioneers of Isshinryu Karate-Do in Canada. At the age of 10, he emigrated to Canada from Yugoslavia. He began his training in Isshinryu Karate-Do in 1967 under the instruction of Lloyd Rusette, Don Shapland, Don Nagle, and Harry Acklin, and he currently holds the rank of 9th-Degree Black Belt. He has trained other IHOF inductees including Albert Mady, Lamon Kersey, and Al Panazzola.
Grand Master Markovich served in the Canadian military for three years as a member of the airborne regiment 2 PCLI from 1959-1962. He received arctic survival training as well as training in various weapons, self-defense (Judo and Jiu-jitsu), and unarmed combat.
Grand Master Markovich received both his Bachelors and Masters of Arts degrees in Geography. As a high school teacher, he helped set up Isshinryu programs in many high schools across Windsor, Ontario. He established the Okinawa Karate School of Windsor in 1970, and at 76 years old, he still teaches and trains three days per week. Grand Master Markovich has traveled to many areas of Canada to teach and conduct Isshinryu classes and seminars.
Grand Master Markovich also holds a 4th-degree black belt in modern Arnis training under Master Presas and he practices Taoist Tai Chi. He also enjoys squash, racquetball, cycling, rollerblading, and ice-skating.