Paul Zavislak Sensei began his martial arts journey at the age of 14 in Zen Budo Kai Karate under the instruction of Steve Newman in Kingston PA. Eventually Mr. Zavislak gravitated to the aiki arts in 1990 and began his martial education in aikido and Japanese swordsmanship under the instruction of Carl Long Hanshi of Sakura Budokan of Kingston PA and under Long Sensei’s tutelage for over 20 years, he operated the Seishinkan Dojo at the Berwick YMCA in 2000.
Mr. Zavislak established his relationship with Robert Handley Hanshi in 2012 and began intensive uchideshi training in the arts of aikijujutsu and jujutsu and currently serves as the President/CEO and Chief Instructor for Handley Hanshi’s organization, the International Ryukyukai Martial Arts Association.
In 2016, Sensei was inducted into the prestigious Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Society. Additionally, Zavislak Sensei has an extensive military and police background and is certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as a defensive measures instructor, police tactics instructor, firearms instructor, and general law enforcement instructor. He has also served as an academy instructor for basic federal agents. Zavislak holds over 30 instructor certifications in firearms, police tactics, and other law enforcement disciplines.
Sensei has trained and has been exposed to various martial disciplines to include Silat, Military Combatives, Modern MMA techniques, various knife and weapons systems. Mr. Zavislak currently holds senior level black belt ranking in aikijujutsu (9th Dan), taihojujtsu (5th Dan), aikido (5th Dan), Japanese jujutsu (6th Dan) and kenjutsu (4th Dan). Zavislak Sensei holds as a core belief the continued education of the martial artist and frequently attends workshops and seminars in various martial arts systems and frequently cross trains with other instructors of differing styles.