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Mark Lawrence

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Mark Lawrence, Roshi was elected as the head of the Hoshinroshiryu Jutaijutsu Association by the leaders of this newly formed organization. He has been the head instructor at Kawartha Hoshin Training Centre for the past 16 years, and was a personal student of Hoshin's founder, Dr. Glenn J. Morris-soke. Mark has studied various aspects of both the internal and external martial arts for more than 20 years. He has trained in various forms of healing work such as Therapeutic Touch, massage and acupressure. Mark had been practicing different forms of meditation for many years before he started training in external martial arts, and was eventually led to Dr. Morris's series of books on martial arts and the esoteric. After reading these books, Mark travelled to Indiana (a 10 hour drive) to meet and train with Dr. Morris. This was the beginning of a long and wonderful friendship with a man that would be Mark's mentor, friend and teacher for years to come.

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Within the first year of training with Dr. Morris, Mark achieved the rising of the Kundalini.

This was another re-birthing of sorts for Mark, and he was very lucky to have his mentor around to help him through this process.

On one of Dr. Morris's extended trips to KHTC in 2005, Mark was honoured to be able to assist Dr. Morris in recreating the Hoshin syllabi. It was at this time that the first instructional Hoshin DVD's were created. Unfortunatley, Dr. Morris would never see the finished product with his sudden death in April 2006.

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After the death of Dr. Morris, Mark and the other leaders of the orginal organization did everything possible to keep Hoshin from fading away. Mark and his very supportive wife Tina put in extensive hours striving to drive Hoshin, and the new leadership forward. In recognition for this work, Mark was named the Man of the Year for Excellence in Communications when he was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

At the Memorial Kaizen in 2006, Mark was drawn to one of Dr. Morris's old friends, students, and mentors - Shihan Kevin Millis (15th Dan - Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu). Mark and Shihan Millis quickly began creating a friendship that has now lead into a teacher - student relationship. Mark received his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in October of 2011 under the guidance of Shihan Millis, who now continues to mentor Mark. In 2011, Mark was granted the title and rank by WaShin International as Kaicho.

Over the years since Dr. Morris-soke death, several things changed within the original Roshi Ryu organization, and its leadership. After much soul searching, Mark and several of the leaders decided to leave the original organization to form this new one.

"My only two desires in this organization is to continue the legacy of my teacher, mentor, and friend, Dr. Glenn J. Morris-soke, and to assist people that are on their path". Mark Lawrence

Hoshin IKKAN!