Matthew Cowie Instructor

Matthew Cowie in Bethesda - Polander Academy Of Martial Arts

Matthew Cowie

1st Degree Black Belt

Matthew started martial arts at the Edinburgh University Shukokai Karate Club, the UK’s most successful university martial arts club. While at the club, Matthew was elected club president and received university awards for his sporting achievements and for his service to university sport. He graduated in 2006 with a degree in biological sciences and shodan in Shukokai Karate.

Matthew has since then dabbled in different martial arts, but feels most at home with karate, in particular studying the secrets of kata. He is honored to have the opportunity while posted in DC to train under Kyoshi Polander and his senior students, and to learn the forms passed on by Taika Oyata. He received his shodan in Okinawan Kempo in 2017.

Matthew is also qualified as an instructor in the Functional Edge System, a training methodology for managing and responding to violent behavior using the body’s innate responses.”


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