Mary Dee Holmes
Mary Dee Holmes

Karate Instructor

Mary Dee Holmes

Mary Dee Holmes is a san-dan (3rd degree) in Isshinryu Karate. She began training in 1985 with Grand Master Carl Martin in Norristown, PA. She was one of the original members of that dojo and one of the first women students able to withstand the rigorous training and demands of the martial arts at that time. In addition to training, competing and teaching, she organizes dojo meetings and events, and is the main coordinator for the annual West Chester Fall Classic Tournament and also on the national tournament level for the Isshinryu Hall of Fame.

In partnership with Master Diane Ortenzio-Cooling, Order of Isshin-Ryu started the Partnership of Women Martial Artist group. It's purpose is to highlight women martial arts teachers and masters, to network, and to grow as women warriors by hosting the annual Women's Martial Art Symposium.

Awards and Championships:
-2018 Isshin-Ryu Hall of Fame Female Instructor of the Year
-2011, 2015, 2018 KIAI Special Recognition Award
-2011 TOKI Road Warrior
-2010 TOKI Most Improved Kata
-2004 Isshin-Ryu Hall of Fame outstanding contribution
-2000 American Okinawan Karate Association 26th annual Karate championship
-1994 top 10 national karate tournament
-1993 Delaware Valley Tournament
-1991 North American karate championship