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 the International Ryukyukai Martial Arts Association.
Zavislak Kyoshi also sits on the Dai Nippon Seibukan Renmei USA Board of Directors as Vice President. In 2016, Mr. Zavislak began training with George Parulski Hanshi in various koryu and budo arts, in an effort to become a more well rounded martial artist.
In 2016, Sensei was inducted into the prestigious Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Society. As of 2018, six of his students were inducted into this elite association, in recognition of their martial arts excellence.
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 ranking in the following arts-
9th Dan Sentou Ryu Aiki Heiho
7th Dan Seibukan Nihon Ryu Jujutsu
6th Dan Seibukan Nihon Taihojujtsu
6th Dan Seibukan Aikido
5th Dan Seibukan Kenjutsu
Menkyo Shihan in Sentou Ryu Aiki Heiho
Kyoshi - Dai Nippon Seibukan Renmei
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.
Zavislak Sensei, along with his wife are active in community affairs and charity work. They frequently host low cost women's self defense and empowement seminars across the greater New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area.