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.

      Martial Arts Biography of Sifu Lee Grow

Sifu Lee Grow brings an extensive resume to our dojo in a variety of martial art styles, with his training going back to 1963.  In addition to his martial arts, Sifu Lee is retired from the United States Marine Corps.  Some of Sifu Lees accomplishments are:

Instructor Certifications:

Instructor, Balintawak Arnis/Eskrima under Guro Michael Malayan, 2017

Associate Instructor, Level 2 in the Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto, 2016

Associate Instructor, Level 2 in Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do under Guro Dan Inosanto, 2016

Senior Instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu under Sifu Larry Hartsell, 2016

5th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate under O’Sensei Seiki Arakaki, 1983

3rd Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate under O’Sensei Eizo Shimabuku, 1974

Mr. Lee began his training in 1963 in Shorin Ryu Karate at Bushi Kai Martial Arts and Frank Grant’s Karate in Dayton, Ohio under several second generation students of O’Sensei  Shoshin Nagamine.  He also studied Shotokan Karate under Sensei Joseph Garcia while stationed in the U.S. Marine Corps in California.  From 1968-1969 he studied Shorin Ryu Karate under Sensei Freddie Harps while in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.

From 1970-1983 he continued training in Shorin Ryu Karate studying directly under O’Sensei  Eizo Shimabuku and O’Sensei Seiki Arakaki while stationed on Okinawa during several tours of duty.  Promoted to 5th degree black belt by O’Sensei Arakaki and 3rd degree black belt by O’Sensei Shimabuku.

From 1984 to 1989, Sifu Lee studied the Filipino Martial Arts and Jun Fan/JKD under Guro Ted Lucaylucay while living in California, with Sifu Larry Hartsell in Jun Fan/JKD and the Filipino Martial Arts.
 with Guro Richard Bustillo in Jun Fan/JKD and the Filipino Martial Arts.

From 2001 to the present, Sifu Lee has trained under such Masters as Sifu Charles Reed,  Sifu Larry Hartsell in the Filipino Martial Arts and Jun Fan/JKD, Sifu Jeremy Roadruck, a disciple of Grand Master Benny Meng, and Guro/Sifu Dan Inosanto.

Sifu Lee is now a student of Balintawak Filipino Martial arts under MAKTAN-FMA Punong Guro Michael-Vincent Malanyaon and Grand Master Bobby Taboada.