Peter Ciecwierz Polander
9th Dan Black Belt, Dojo Owner, Shin Shu Ho member
Hanshi Polander began his martial arts career as a student of Judo, Shotokan and Kyokushin Karate in his hometown Warsaw, Poland nearly 40 years ago. He traveled extensively winning numerous international competitions and earning 3rd Degree Black Belt in Judo. In 1984, he emigrated to the U.S. to continue his martial arts education. While studying, Hanshi taught the martial arts team at Georgetown University, Naval Academy in Annapolis, National Institutes of Health and National Naval Medical Center. Subsequently he opened his own dojo in Bethesda and he's been teaching Okinawan Kempo under guidance of Taika Oyata since 1990. In 2016 he established International Okinawan Kempo Federation and in 2019 got promoted to 9th dan by Hanshi Tetsuhiro Hokama.