John Ganis works as a Vice President of data & media services at MeritDirect. He began training in karate in 1971, and currently holds the rank of Godan (5thdegree black belt) in Goju-ryu, in which style he currently trains under Kyoshi Mark Dwyer, 7th dan. Ganis Sensei also trains in kobudo at Mountain Stream Budo. He is currently a Yondan (4th degree black belt) in that art, and continues to train weekly at MSB. In October 2017 he opened a dojo at his home in West Harrison called Okinawa Martial Arts, where he teaches kobudo. OMA is Mountain Stream Budo's first official kobudo satellite dojo, and is an official accredited dojo of the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei-kai. Ganis Sensei holds the title of Nintei Dojo Nushi (Certified Dojo Owner).
Christian Pace is a graduate of SUNY ESF Syracuse, and works as a water ecologist for the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation. He began training in karate in September 1989, and earned his first degree black belt in 1994. He subsequently took an 11-year hiatus, and returned to karate training in 2006. He currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in karate. Pace Senseialso studies kobudo at Mountain Stream Budo, and is currently a Shodan (1st degree black belt) in that art. For several years in the 2010s, he ran a satellite karate program for kids in Mahopac; currently, he trains regularly at Mountain Stream Budo, and assists with the youth karate program here as well.
Renshi Noah Mitchell has a degree in film production from New York University and worked in the film industry until he became a full-time martial arts instructor in 2006. He began training in Okinawan karate in 1983, and earned his first degree black belt in 1988. At that time, he began teaching a youth program in Chappaqua, with which he remained involved until 2006. In the mid-1990s, Mitchell Sensei ran a dojo in Bedford Hills, and also taught adult karate classes at the Mohegan School of Martial Arts/Yorktown School of Martial Arts from 1995 — 2006, at which time he opened Mountain Stream Budo. Mitchell Sensei currently holds the rank of Rokudan, 6th degree black belt, in karate.
In the 1990s, he began training in Matayoshi-ryu kobudo, and became a member of the Matayoshi Kobudo Kyokai USA, where he trained until 2003, at which time there was a split in the system, and Mitchell Sensei became a student of Kyoshi Neil Stolsmark (8th dan), president of the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei-kai®, under whom he still trains. Mitchell Sensei currently holds the rank of Godan, 5th degree black belt, in kobudo. Also during this time, he was training in Japanese jujitsu under Shihan Gary Gione, who was a student of Hector Negron, 10th dan and founder of San Yama Bushi-ryu. Mitchell Sensei currently holds the rank of Go-Menkyo (5th degree black belt) in jujitsu.
In the 2000s, Mitchell Sensei started training in Toyama-ryu and Batto-do, iaido styles that consist of drawing, sheathing, and cutting with the Japanese Samurai sword. He currently holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt) in the Zen Nihon Toyama-ryu Iaido Renmei, Nidan (second degree black belt) in the U.S. Federation of Batto-do, and Shodan (first degree black belt) in the Toyama-ryu Seizankai.
Mitchell Sensei has trained in Okinawa, Japan several times. He has given self defense seminars and workshops at various high schools and community centers in Westchester County, and at martial arts schools across the country and in Canada. He taught self defense to college-bound kids as part of Horace Greeley High School’s “Senior Health Day” for more than ten years. Being knowledgeable in four disparate arts makes Mitchell Sensei a well-rounded martial arts student and instructor.
Renshi Mitchell currently teaches four youth and two adult karate classes, all four kobudo classes, four jujitsu classes, and both iaido classes per week at Mountain Stream Budo.
Renshi Carol Mitchell works as a physical therapist for New York Presbyterian Homecare in the Hudson Valley Hospital region. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy via the University of St. Augustine in 2009, and is also certified in the casting of custom-made orthotics. Mitchell Sensei began her karate training in 1977, and earned her first degree black belt in 1981. She taught a youth program in Chappaqua during the mid-1980s, and also trained for a short time in kendo. She took an extended hiatus from 1986 to 1995, at which time she resumed her training at the Mohegan School of Martial Arts. She assisted her husband at his school in Bedford Hills in the mid/late 1990s, and currently holds the rank of Godan, 5th degree black belt, in karate. She began her kobudo training in the 1990s, and is currently a student of Kyoshi Neil Stolsmark's. She and her husband travel to Wisconsin several times per year in order to train with their kobudo teacher. Mitchell Sensei currently holds the rank of Godan, 5th degree black belt, in kobudo. She also began studying Japanese jujitsu in the early 2000s, and currently holds the rank of Yon-Mokuroku (4th degree black belt). In 2009, she began training in Brazilian jiu jitsu (a grappling art), and earned the rank of blue belt, at which time she decided to switch over to iaido, in which she currently trains twice per week at Mountain Stream Budo. She currently holds the rank of 2nd kyu in Batto-do. She has also trained in Okinawa, Japan, on several occasions.
Renshi Mitchell currently runs our Lil’ Dragons Karate program, teaching all five weekly classes; additionally, she teaches two youth and one adult karate class per week at Mountain Stream Budo.
Sensei Noah Mitchell and Sensei Ken Manse began studying karate at the Sankaku Kyokai karate organization in 1983. Sensei Carol Mitchell began herkarate training in 1977, and returned to the organization in 1995 following a 9-year hiatus. The Mitchells began their kobudo training in the 1990s, around the same time that Sensei Manse began studying jujitsu. The Mitchells subsequently joined Sensei Manse in jujitsu shortly thereafter.
Their original karate instructor had studied Shotokan karate under Latino Gonzalez and Goju-ryu karate under Peter Urban in the late 50s and 60s. He returned from military service in the Philippines and opened the Sankaku Kyokai Karate organization in Yorktown in 1967. His unique system combined traditional Shotokan and Goju-ryu karate styles. In 1995, Sankaku Kyokai changed hands and became the Watakushitachi-no Karate Association, which lasted until 2006. At Mountain Stream Budo, we will endeavor to perpetuate this unique combination of systems, while helping it to grow and expand, as all healthy budo systems must do in order to improve.
Sensei Noah and Sensei Carol study Matayoshi-ryu kobudo, a traditional Okinawan kobudo system. Their lineage is tied directly to Matayoshi ShinpoSensei himself. Shortly following Matayoshi Sensei’s death in 1997, Gakiya Yoshiaki Sensei founded his own organization, the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei-kai®, which is now a world-wide kobudo system. The Mitchells’ kobudo instructor is Gakiya Sensei’s top student: Kyoshi Neil Stolsmark, 8th dan, Kokusai Honbu-cho and President of the OKDR.
Mountain Stream Budo is the official New York State branch of the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei-kai®, and Sensei Noah Mitchell is the New York State Shibu-cho (branch head).
Mountain Stream Budo is also an official member dojo of the United States Federation of Battodo.
Renshi Ken Manse works as a foreign language teacher at Hendrick Hudson High School, where he teaches French and Spanish. He began training in Okinawan karate in 1983, and earned his first degree black belt in 1988. Manse Sensei spent some time in Mexico in the 1990s, where he trained in karate and other striking arts. In 2001, he
began teaching adult classes at the Yorktown School of Martial Arts after having co-taught for many years. He currently holds the rank of Rokudan, 6th degree black belt, in karate. In 1999, Manse Sensei began training in Japanese jujitsu under Shihan Gary Gione, at Elite Defensive Tactics in Yorktown. He presently holds the rank of Roku-Menkyo (6th degree black belt) in jujitsu.
Renshi Manse currently teaches two adult karate classes and one jujitsu class per week at Mountain Stream Budo.
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