Our Instructors
Official Ranks/Bio:
 Michael Ciraco was awarded the rank of 8th Dan and Grandmaster in Okinawan Kempo by the Dragon Society International in October 2014. He holds the rank of 7th Dan Kyoshi in the Okinwan Konankyu Kohokan.  Michael Ciraco is a Master Teacher and fully certified International Instructor (4th Dan) for the Dragon Society International(October 2014). He was awarded a Shihan grade teachers license by the Universal Martial Arts Association in April 2011.  Shihan Ciraco is also a 3rd Dan in Yamane Ryu Kobudo. Shihan Ciraco trained with Kyoshi Chuck Chandler for 12 years learning many White Crane karate katas and Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu Karate. He also holds the rank of  2nd Dan in Shorei-Kan Goju-Ryu 1996  

OfficialCertifications/Awards: 2009 Inductee Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Regional Instructor of the Year. His dojo has been the winner Best Martial Arts on the Grand Strand WMBF News many times. 2009 Superior Leadership International Shurite Yudansha-Kai 2008 Sensei of Merit International Shurite Yundansha-Kai 2007 Professional Martial Artist Shurite Yundansha-Kai 2005 Renshi grade teachers license Okinawan Konanryu Kohokan.  USANKF Official Referee and Judge, AAU Successful Coaching Principals 1999.  

Shihan Ciraco has been teaching on the Grand Strand since 1992 and began his martial arts career in 1986. He and his black belts continue to teach stranger danger and bully buster programs for the Horry County School System Shihan Ciraco has produced many high caliber Black Belt instructors who help to teach classes under his direct supervision. Shihan Ciraco and his students have won more than 25 National and World Championships in numerous traditional karate tournaments.

Shihan Ciraco is a retired engineer from the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Department and an Ex Captain in the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Dept.  Home

Shihan Michael Ciraco
Shihan Michael Ciraco is the Chief Instructor of Ciraco's Okinawan Karate. He has been teaching full time since 1992.


Sebastian Velazquez
Sempai Velazquez is a world class athlete and a 4 time National Champion. He is a Shodan.


Joshua Dunn
Sempai Joshua Dunn began training when he was 5 years old. He holds the rank of Sandan. He trained for over 18 years with Shihan Ciraco and at the age of 18 joined the US Air Force and was an aircraft mechanic on the KC 10.