Sensei Mason was originally introduced to Martial Arts back in 1970 when he began wrestling competitively at Lake Orion High School. He then attended Wayne State University on a wrestling scholarship and majored in Physical Education. He began training in Koei-Kan Karate-Do in 1977 under the direction of Jack M. Sabat (currently West Coast director). He now studies directly under Sensei Brian Frost (Chief Technical Director U.S. Division).
Mason is currently Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) and an Internationally certified instructor registered with the Koei-Kan Karate-Do headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. He is the only person – outside of Japan – to create an Instructional Video (DVD) for the Koei-Kan Karate-Do System – “ Nage no Kata (Basic Take-Down and Throwing Forms) of Koei-Kan Karate-Do.”
Mr. Mason has won several Championships, including all four Black Belt Divisions at the International Koei-Kan Karate-Do Tournament. Encompassing four Grand Championships as well as five weapons titles.
He believes Koei-Kan to be the “Premier Martial Art due to it’s diversification and practicality”. He is a registered member of the All-Japan Karate-Do Association and the International Koei-Kan Karate-Do Federation.
In 1987 he competed, officiated and demonstrated in a two day International Tournament held in Athens, Greece in order to increase his knowledge and skills as well as augment the growth and development of the Koei-Kan Karate-Do SyStem. Sensei Mason emerged undefeated until the final match which was consider a draw due to its duration.
Mason has been teaching Koei-Kan Karate-Do since 1980 and has instructed a wealth of students all across the United States. In 1994, Sensei Mason organized and directed the first Koei-Kan Karate-Do Bushi Gashuku. This Warrior Special Training Camp was the first held in the United States and this overwelming successful camp drew participants and instructors from across the country.
Sensei Mason has been featured by area media including “Channel 7 News” as well as Detroit’s own “Kelly & Company” where he demonstrated the amazing “Bed of Nails” break. He has also appeared in “Black Belt Magazine” and the National Publication of “Who’s Who in American Martial Arts”.