Sensei Matt Hogan

Matt has 30 years of experience training in martial arts starting with Okinawan Shorin Ryu at the age of 13. Matt currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black) under Hanshi Michael Panuccio. Additionally, he holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black) in Matsumora Orthodox Shorin Ryu and Nidan (2nd degree black) in Hakutsuru (White Crane) under Hanshi Lawrence Vellucci. Relocating multiple times for work, Matt had the opportunity to train in Chinese Kenpo for 4 years in Albuquerue, New Mexico under Sifu Jacob Stuyvesant. Additionally, he spent 3 years studying Okinawan Kempo with Shihan Rich Pelletier and 4 years studying American Kenpo under Sensei Elain Chauvin. Matt teaches the Matsumura Seito and Hakutsuru kata passed down by Hanshi Vellucci using the teaching methods and core principles as taught by Hanshi Panuccio. Matt continues to advance his training with both of his mentors.

Matt founded Crane Karate Academy to build a stronger community by sharing the physical, spiritual, and mental benefits of traditional Okinawan karate. Classes and enrollment are flexible, do not require a yearly commitment or contract, and are offered on a sliding scale to ensure availability for all who wish to learn.

At Crane Karate Academy, we teach using traditional methods and ask a lot of our students with the goal of helping each person become the best they can be. We offer modifications wherever necessary as we all have different bodies and abilities. We believe in an integrated approach to teaching with both adults and children in the same class. We treat children as full humans and hold them to the same standards as adults.