Lebanon Martial Arts
A family school with family values.
Mark Worley is the owner of Lebanon Martial Arts. He began his study of the martial arts in 1975, studying Okinawan Shorinryu Karate. In 2000 he began training in Muay Thai Kickboxing, and has continued his study of both of these martial arts. He travels to Los Angeles, California to train with Gosoku Ryu founder (ikakarate.com) Grand Master Soke Takayuki Kubota, and has attended seminars with notable Masters Guru Dan Inosanto, Okinawan Shorinryu Master Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, Muay Thai Master Ajarn Chai Sirisute, and New Zealand professional boxer Billy Graham.
In 1989, Mark received his Shodan under Hanshi Frank Grant. He earned his Nidan in 1994, his Sandan in 2000, and his Yondan in 2013. In addition to Shorinryu and Muay Thai, Mark has also trained in Judo, Pencak Silat, and Filipino Kali. He received his Kubotan Instructor Certification in 2012 directly under it's inventor, Soke Takayuki Kubota.
Mark served in the U.S Army (Active Duty) from 1978 to 1981 in Military Intelligence, where he continued his martial arts training with the U.S. Army Full Contact Karate team in Garlstedt, West Germany. In 1982 he changed his MOS to Military Police, and served in the US Army Reserve.
In 2012, Mark retired from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office after a distinguished twenty five year career. He served as a Patrol deputy, Detective, Training Sergeant, served in Administration Investigations (Internal Affairs), and concluded his career as a Lieutenant/Watch Commander. He is certified through the State of Ohio as an instructor in Defensive Tactics, ASP/Straight Baton, CS/OC (Chemical Repellants, i.e. Mace), and Dynamic Simulations.
He has also taught numerous women’s self-defense classes since 1995, and has been featured on radio stations WMMA, Mix 94.1, The Western Star, and Channel 12 on self-defense topics.
Sensei Steve Duff has been actively involved in Matsubayashi Ryu (Shorin ryu) karate since 1973. He first started under Sensei's Jim Driggs, Fred and Sandy Bolin.
When Steve began training, students were not permitted to earn a black belt before the age of 16, and earned his Shodan in June of 1978. He earned his Nidan in 1986 and his Sandan in 2014.
Steve was an instructor in the Loveland, Ohio Dojo for over seven years, training under Sensei Terry Peters.
Away from the Dojo, Steve serves as an evangelist and is very active in his church.