Prince Loeffler Sensei
Shugyokan Shorin Ryu Dojo head instructor Prince Loeffler, began his path in the martial arts in 1985 when he took up training in Aikido under Mitsu “Mitz” Yamashita during his college years.
Over the years, Mr. Loeffler has had the honor and privilege of training with many masters and other black belts from various styles of karate. His past training experiences includes traditional Japanese Karate as well various system of Korean based martial arts. Furthermore, Prince has also trained in other traditional Japanese budo and martial arts such as Judo, Aikido, Jujitsu , Kenjutsu, Hapkido and Aikijujitsu.
In his life's endeavor to share his passion for traditional martial arts, he has dedicated much of his time to conducting karate demonstrations, workshops and seminars focusing on the introduction of traditional karate.
He is also active in instructing self defense, safety awareness workshop to private groups, schools and community centers.
In the media , Prince Loeffler has been featured in martial arts magazines and newspapers such as Black Belt Magazine , Tae Kwon Do Times, The Beach Reporter , Daily Breeze and has been quoted in Kate Adamson’s best selling book “Triumph Over Adversity”.
Mr. Loeffler has held several organizational positions from several martial arts federations. In the past, He has served as a west coast director for the International Traditional Taekwondo Alliance (ITTA) and was a representative for the Pakamut International Association; a traditional Filipino Stick fighting Organization under Master Felix Roilles.
In 2009, Loeffler Sensei served as the a vice-chairman for the Hokubei Okinawa Kenjinkai Martial Arts Committee ( Okinawan Association of America). A group dedicated to establishing, promoting and educating the public interest of traditional karate & kobudo of Okinawa.
When he is not teaching or doing demonstrations, Loeffler Sensei spends most of his time assisting in promoting, maintaining, researching and developing standard curricullums for the Okinawan Karate Kobudo Doukoukai, an organization founded based on the primary goal of preserving the legacy of Shoshin Nagamine Sensei, under the guidance of of several legendary karate and kobudo instructors.
He is also a serious practitioner of Toyama-ryū Battōdō (戸山流抜刀道), a gendai japanese sword art system that stems from the Gunto Soho (military sword curriculum) of the Rikugun Toyama Gakko (Toyama Military Academy).
On August 1st 2014, Loeffler Sensei was inducted in a sold out event called The Masters Hall of Fame. He was nominated and honored with a Lifetime Achievement Awards In The Martial Arts.
The following month of that year, he was inducted into the Martial Arts Museum Honor Awards for his excellence and contribution to the martial arts community.
Loeffler Sensei, credits his teachings and training in Matsubayashi Ryu Karate- Do to his mentor and teacher Takashi "Art" Ishii Sensei, a student of Shoshin Nagamine, the founder of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate-Do.
As the years progress, it is Loeffler Sensei desire to continue promoting Okinawan bugei and Matsubayashi Ryu karate of Shoshin Nagamine Sensei to the general public, while maintaining its purity and integrity for the future generations to come.
As he fervently has mentioned before, “To me the practice of Matsubayashi Ryu Karate- Do & Budo is the blue print of how we should live life to its maximum potential”