Hanshi Jim in class

Hanshi Jim Cvetkovski

  • Hanshi (Senior Master Instructor/Master of Masters/Grand Master)
  • Founder, owner and Master Instructor of WNY Karate Center since March 1st, 1993
  • Over 40 years experience in the Martial Arts
  • 9th degree Black Belt (Senior Master Instructor) in Isshin-Ryu Karate
  • 9th degree Black Belt (Master Instructor) in Kenpo Karate
  • 9th degree Black Belt in Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu
  • 5th degree Black Belt (Master Instructor) in Tae Kwon-Do (ITF)
  • Tai-Chi Chuan/Chi-Kung Instructor for over 25 years
  • 2nd Degree Reiki Instructor
  • #1 rated competitor in Self-Defense in the Northeast, rated by NBL (National Black Belt League) in 1992 – His name appears in Sport Karate International, issue 38/39, Nov-Feb 1992-1993.
  • 1992 Can-Am Isshin-Ryu Karate Champion
  • Producer of Local and National Champions
  • Member of National Isshin-Ryu Martial Arts Organization (NIMAO)
  • Member of Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association (IWKA)
  • Member of Okinawan Isshin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Association (OIKKA)
  • Member of  Larry Tatum Kenpo Karate Association (LTKKA)
  • Member of Tracy’s Kenpo Karate and International Studios of Self-Defense
  • Member of United States Martial Arts Association
  • Member of United States Jiu-Jitsu Association
  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame of Sport Karate International and the East Coast Karate Organization (March 29, 2003), for his contribution, dedication and commitment to the martial arts, the community and his students
  • Erie County Youth Best Mentor Award winner 1999
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Buffalo State College
  • Hanshi Jim worked for Conax Corp. as a Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineer and later was promoted to Nuclear Project Engineer