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Shihan Scott's Martial Arts Teachers

While Isshinryu Karate is the foundation of our school, we believe all style have value and offer us something to add to our tool belts as martial artist. Shihan Scott has been fortunate enough to have trained with some incredible teachers. We invite you take a journey through Shihan Scott's teachers.

Hanshi Jim Cvetkovski and Sensei Steve Cvetkovski with Shihan Scott


Sensei Fields and Scott

Guru Dan Inosanto and Scott

A special thank you to all these teachers!

  • Founder, Owner and Master Instructor of WNY Karate Center since March 1, 1993

  • Over 50 years experience in the Martial Arts

  • 9th Degree Black Belt (Senior Master Instructor) in Isshin-Ryu Karate

  • 9th Degree Black Belt (Master Instructor) in Kenpo Karate

  • 9th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu

  • 5th Degree Black Belt (Master Instructor) in Tae Kwon-Do (ITF)

  • Tai-Chi Chuan/Chi Kung Instructor for over 35 years

  • 2nd Degree Reiki Practitioner 

  • #1 rated competitor in Self-Defense in the Northeast 1992 (rated by NBL- National Black Belt League)

  • 1992 Can-Am Isshin-Ryu Karate Champion

  • Producer of local and national Champions

  • Member of NIMAO (National Isshin-Ryu Martial Arts Organization)

  • Member of IWKA (Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association) and OIKKA (Okinawan Isshin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Association)

  • Member of LTKKA (Larry Tatum Kenpo Karate Association) in Pasadena, California

  • Member of Tracy’s Kenpo Karate and International Studios of Self-Defense

  • Member of United States Martial Arts Association

  • Member of United States Jiu-Jitsu Association

  • Erie County Youth Best Mentor Award winner 1999

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Buffalo State College

  • Hanshi Jim worked for Conax Corp. as a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer and later was promoted to Nuclear Project Engineer

  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame of Sport Karate International and the East Coast Karate Organization (March 2003) for his contribution, dedication, and commitment to his students, the martial arts, and the community

Dan Inosanto began training in martial arts at the age of 11 receiving instruction from his uncle who first taught him traditional Okinawan Karate and later also Judo and Jujutsu. He was a student of Ed Parker, from whom he received a shodan rank in American Kenpo. Guru Dan has trained in over 32 style of martial arts throughout his incredible career.


Guru Dan served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division from 1959 to 1961. He was also a member of the Strategic Army Corps. At Fort Campbell he refined his skills in various martial arts, training under Henry Slomanski.

Inosanto is one of three people who have been appointed to teach at one of the three Jun Fan Gung Fu Institutes under Bruce Lee; Taky Kimura and James Yimm Lee are the other two people. Inosanto studied with different martial arts masters elsewhere in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe, including Johnny Lacoste and Chai Sirisute.[


After Bruce Lee's death, Inosanto became the principal spokesperson and historian for Jeet Kune Do. He has had minor roles in a number of films, including Bruce Lee's uncompleted last film Game of Death (1972). During this time period (1964–75), he also taught physical education at Malaga Cove Intermediate School in Palos Verdes Estates, California. Dan was commissioned in 1977 by the Dallas Cowboys to incorporate martial arts into the team’s training.


The film I Am Bruce Lee provided Inosanto an opportunity to reveal a little-known fact about the friendship the two men shared. Inosanto was teacher to Bruce Lee, introducing him to nunchaku. Inosanto explained that he introduced the weapon to Lee, taught him the basics and some exercises to get him started on his weapons training. The Game of Death movie, one of the most recognizable of the Bruce Lee films, showcases the use of the nunchaku by Lee and Inosanto. He is featured as the Black Belt magazine's 1996 "Man of the Year".

Inosanto holds Instructor or black belt level ranks in several martial arts. He is known for promoting the Filipino Martial Arts. He is responsible for bringing several forms of the South East Asia Martial Arts into the public eye such as Silat, a hybrid combative form existing in such countries as Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He has also been promoted to fifth degree black belt in the Machado family style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


He trained Shoot wrestling under Yorinaga Nakamura. Currently he is the vice-president of Lameco International, carrying on the Eskrima of the late Filipino martial artist Edgar Sulite. 

Sensei James Fields

James Field is an eighth-degree black belt. Sensei Field was one of the first four Americans certified as an instructor. He is also a highly-ranked examiner and judge. He has been teaching karate locally, nationally and internationally since 1968.

Sensei Field is also an internationally famous competitor.


He was captain of the US International Karate Team, many time National Collegiate Champion, two-time National Grand Champion, two-time Pan American Champion, US Representative to the Olympic Games in Mexico and medalist in the 1976 World Tournament. He was also assistant coach of the US team for the 1983, 1992, 1993 and 1994 All Japan Tournaments in Tokyo. Mr. Field is a strict disciplinarian, and insists on Japanese etiquette, but his warmth for his students is ever present.

Full Isshinryu Lineage

Peichin Takahara

Sakugawa Kanga

Peichin Matsumura Sokon

Kyan Chotoku | Miyagi Chojun | Motobu Choki | Taira Shinken

Shimabuku Tatsuo (Founder of Isshinryu)


Angus Reynolds (Student of Shimabuku)


           George Insley           


Ed Binkowski


Jim Cvetkovski


                          Scott Cvetkovski                          

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