|Renshi Ken Atchison
4th Degree Black Belt (Yon-DAN)
Sensei Atchison was born October 6, 1958 in Ilion, New York. He is the father of two children,
both of whom trained with Hanshi Wendell. He was introduced to martial arts at the age of 10, in
1969 by a neighbor who studied Hapkido at Fort Dietrich, Maryland. Unfortunately, his family
moved constantly and training was interrupted until 1991, when he was introduced to Hanshi
Wendell. His son Aaron had seen Hanshi’s Bushido Karate Club do a demonstration at his summer
camp and asked to join. After meeting and seeing Hanshi demonstrate some basic techniques
Atchison was sure that this was an instructor who had knowledge that went beyond the norm. He
has diligently pursued the teachings of Hanshi and in October of 1999 received his Sho-Dan. He
also began Aikido under Sensei Ralph Singer in 200, for about 2 years. He was also inducted into
the E.U.S.A.I.M.A.A. Hall of Fame, honored as the Man of the Year 2001 and received the Pinnacle
Award in 2002. He served on the IMAA rules committee and was the Broward rep for the MAF for
several years, as well as serving on several committees also. In 2003 Atchison became the State
Representative for the Martial Arts Foundation. He was also given his Ni-Dan by Hanshi Wendell. In
2004 he received his teaching certificate in the Inayan Systems of Eskrima, Kadena de Mano under
Suro Jason Inay and Soke Marty Ferrick, and is currently ranked a Green sash in the Inayan
System. In 2006 he was presented an award at the Gold Coast Hall of Fame banquet.
Sensei Atchison has 2 children Jessica and Aaron, Aaron is currently serving in the 82nd
Airborne, fort bragg north carolina. Aaron and his wife Melanie gave birth to a beautiful daughter
Guiliana Isabella Atchison Feb. 10, 2007, and then a son aiden weslie Atchison on may 2oth, 2009.
Jessica and her husband Jim gave birth to a beautiful daughter Kaylin Marie Diasio Oct. 13, 2007. In
2008 he received his san-dan in mushin goju ryu. Sensei Atchison is currently residing in phoenix,
Arizona and makes occasional trips back to florida to study with Hanshi and the crew.
"I urge all students to be patient and open to experiences while training. In my opinion, the most
common reasons students quit are, they become impatient for results and get frustrated with the
tedium of repeating basic technique over and over again. Just be aware that all of us have been
there and we all still continue to practice the basics and will forever. Good luck to you all and
may your time in the martial arts be as rewarding for you as it has been for me."
A Few Words About Hanshi Wendell
As one of the many students of Hanshi Wendell, I can certainly testify to his overall ability and
character. I can wholeheartedly say that they are few that can demonstrate their beliefs of
martial arts as honestly and effectively as Hanshi Wendell. I started later in life than most of
his students and therefore have much less physical equipment for him to work with. So many
classes I would spend trying to learn the most basic techniques, ones that most beginners seem
able to do well in a few weeks. Luckily for me Hanshi took that as a challenge. I was also
fortunate, because at that time I was his primary student, for nearly four years, others they would
come and go, but I always stayed and to his credit he never stopped teaching.
During this period Hanshi began a journey and started exploring not only his martial arts but his
meditation as well. I can almost remember the day when his philosophy on both started to
intersect and grow together. He continues on that path today. Even greater than the role of
teacher has been that of friend. It was during some of the most trying times of my life that I found
out how loyal Hanshi is to his students and friends. I am sure that as you progress in the art you
will find the same for yourselves.
Instructor, Mushin Goju Ryu
4th Degree Black Belt
What shall I say about the Irish?
What shall I say about the Irish?
The utterly impractical, never predictable
Something irascible, quite inexplicable Irish.
Strange blend of shyness, pride and conceit,
And stubborn refusal to bow in defeat.
He's spoiling and ready to argue and fight,
Yet the smile of a child fills his soul with delight.
His eyes are the quickest to well up in tears,
Yet his strength is the strongest to banish your fears.
His faith is as fierce as his devotion is grand,
And there's no middle ground on which he will stand.
He's wild and he's gentle.
He's good and he's bad.
He's proud and he's humble.
He's happy and he's sad.
He's in love with the ocean, the earth and the skies.
He's enamored with beauty wherever it lies.
He's victor and victim, a star and a clod,
But mostly he's Irish in love with his God.