Renshi McCammon, Godan (5th Degree Black Belt), Kan Cho (Dojo Chief)
Renshi Marques B. McCammon is the founder and Chief Instructor (Kancho) of the Nintai Ryokukan Karate Dojo. Organized in November of 2010, NRK is the culmination of Sensei McCammon's more than 25 years of experience as a student and instructor of the martial arts.
Sensei McCammon began training in the spring of 1987 in Hampton, Virginia under tutelage of Kyoshi (8th degree black belt and Master) Frank Hargrove. Kyoshi Hargove was the President of the North American Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Association and a direct and senior student of Hanshi (10th degree black belt and Grandmaster) Shugoro Nakazato who inherited the leadership of the (Kobayashi) Shorin Ryu system after the passing of its first recognized grandmaster, Chosin Chibana.
McCammon received his Shodan (1st Degree black belt) in the winter of 1993 under Sensei Donald Bagwell, a staff instructor of Kyoshi Hargrove. McCammon tested for his Nindan (2nd degree) and Sandan (3rd degree) under Kyoshi Hargrove directly in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Sensei McCammon is currently a 4th degree black belt under Hanshi Nakaza, Seiei founder and president of the International Shorin Ryu Kiyobukan. Sensei McCammon has the honor of being only the 2nd person to be promoted in the International Kiyobukan Hombu Dojo, in Itoman City, Okinawa, behind his long term mentor, Kyoshi Brian Hobson.
Today McCammon is a Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) Renshi, a rank and title that was bestowed upon as one of the last wishes of his teacher, Hanshi Judan (10th Degree Black Belt) Nakaza, Seiei. Achieving the rank of Godan was a bitter sweet honor for McCammon, and one that he will cherish always. The title Renshi translates to refining, or polishing (through work) person. It implies that McCammon has been recognized as one who has the recognized ability to refine a student through training and instruction, it is similar to the way the military uses drill instructors forge young men into soldiers.
In his youth McCammon was an avid competitor. When he retired from competition at the age of 20 he had amassed more than a dozen gold medals, 6 national medals, 2 junior Olympic bronze medal, and 2-North American International championships. At the time, it would have seemed that his “retirement” was somewhat premature, but in the summer of 1999 at a tournament outside of Chicago, McCammon realized for the first time that Karate had given him much more than martial skill. Karate had helped him to develop a preserving spirit that would serve him for a lifetime.
Sensei McCammon lives with his wife and 3 kids in San Marcos, California. He is a degreed mechanical engineer, and a strong advocate for childhood education particularly in areas of mathematics and science. He also currently has the honor of serving the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Vista (California) where he lends his executive business experience to help the club better serve the youth of the community.