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John McClary
Unity Day Karate Instructor
Kokusai Shihan

Karatenomichi World Federation Best Karate

Shihan John McClary is a 7th degree black belt in Shotokan karate with more than 40 years of training. His diligent training, research and unassuming approach has made him one of the most accessible and dynamic instructors in the country.
Randall Hassell, author of “The Empty Hand,” wrote this about McClary, “Your demonstration was absolutely superb. Also, I have had the opportunity to observe you in various situations and I want you to know how much I admire the example you are setting for Shotokan Karate. You are extremely well trained and your technique and demeanor are exemplary of the highest standards of our art.”



Shihan McClary has been an adjunct professor of Long Island University’s Karate Instructors Training Program, for 25 years.  He is the first American to obtain the title of Kokusai Shihan from Karate no Michi World Federation (KWF) based in Tokyo, Japan; and is the Chairman of KWF-USA.  He was bestowed the title of Kyoshi by the International Shotokan Ryu Shihan Kai, based in London, England.  Shihan McClary placed 3rd in Kumite and 4th in Kata at the 2004 KWF World Budo Championships in Japan. 



McClary was named one of America’s elite athletes and was twice invited to the United States Olympic training center by the USA Karate Federation. This invitation came after he wiped out all opponents in regional and national contests.  He has been featured twice in 2005 Shotokan Karate magazine, one of world’s foremost keepers of the tradition of Shotokan Karate as well as American Samurai and Philadelphia Weekly.