Getting to Know… Mr. Mike Edgerley

kowkabany family martial arts instructor edgerley 300x291 Getting to Know… Mr. Mike EdgerleyAlthough many of you know him very well, some of our newer martial arts students might need more of an introduction to one of our Assistant Instructors, Certified Trainer Mr. Mike Edgerley. Known as an accomplished cyclist, it’s not uncommon for Mr. Edgerley to ride a hundred miles during a weekend–he’s even done that in one day! If you live in the Westchase area in Tampa, Florida, you’ve probably seen him around the neighborhood as he trains on his bike. In the school, his fellow Black Belts know him for an absolutely devastating and powerful reverse side kick! Here are a few more facts that you might find interesting about one of the kindest men you’ll ever meet. Mr. Edgerley was born in Ohio, and moved to Jacksonville, Florida when he was 9 years old. As for his formal education, he attended Forrest High School, then graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of North Florida in 1984, and finally with an MBA from the University of Tampa. In regards to his martial arts training, he started out as a parent on the sidelines watching his daughter, Elizabeth, training as a Karate Kid. Eventually, Mr. Edgerley began his martial arts training with us in October 2003, and after Elizabeth earned her 1st Degree Black Belt and moved on (she is currently attending the University of Florida), he continued working through the ranks to earn his 3rd Degree Black Belt. As an accomplished speaker with a desire to help others, (he is certified as a “Competent Communicator” through Toastmasters, and will be helping us to develop a Toastmaster’s program here at Kowkabany’s Family Martial Arts), he eventually gravitated towards instruction. He is now a Certified Trainer, and is working towards his next level of certification as well as towards his 4th Degree Black Belt. In September of 2011, Mr. Edgerley underwent a triple bypass; and true to his tenacious nature, he was back on the floor assisting after just a couple of weeks! Less than a year later, and he is back to regular sparring, and has even returned to competing in ATA’s tournaments. As a regular competitor and tournament judge, his current weapon of choice is the Ssahng Nats, (sickles). In less than a year since his surgery, he was back in the Top Ten World Rankings in weapons competition! On a regular basis, you will find him teaching our White through Yellow Belt class on Monday evenings, and he regularly assists with our Black Belt Club and evening Family Classes. He is an excellent role model for our Karate Kids, as well as for our Adult Students. He is very devoted to his lovely wife, Susan, and they have been married for 22 years. In their free time, they enjoy traveling together and spending time with family. We are very blessed and thankful to have Mr. Edgerley as part of our staff! Hopefully, you now know a little bit more about one of our amazing and talented Instructors! If you would like to develop your side kicks to be as strong as Mr. Edgerley’s, take a look at this article featuring Chief Master Laura Kowkabany demonstrating some simple ways to practice the perfect kick! Side Kicks with Sr. Master Kowkabany

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