Master Pat McConnell began his training under Grand Master Arnold R. Sandubrae, Ku- Dan/Hanshi in May of 1978. He was the fourth student to join Hanshi Sandubrae's newly opened Dojo in California. It didn't take long before he knew he found a home. Master McConnell has been the second in command Instructor in Hanshi Sandubrae's California Dojo's for 40 years.
"He is the most Respectful and Loyal Student a Sensei could ask for." -Hanshi Sandubrae
"Master McConnell was Hanshi Sandubrae's #1 student for about 40 years. He was and remains Loyal to this day. Over the years through dedication, hard work, determination and loyalty certain students distinguish themselves as true leaders of a Dojo. These students go the extra mile and never ask for special recognition. Hanshi Sandubrae viewed Master McConnell as a prime example of one of those Leaders. Everyone in the Dojo looks up to Master McConnell and respects him. He is a great Master Instructor and I value his guidance, friendship and loyalty to his Sensei."
-Aaron Sandubrae Shihan
Master McConnell had the honor of meeting and training with the four Grand Masters, Master Long, Master Armstrong, Master Nagel, and Master Mitchum, who brought Isshinryu karate to the United States.
Master McConnell has successfully attended numerous tournaments and has competed in all of them over the years winning many trophies in Kata, Kumite and Weapons. Master McConnell was, and still is, a fierce competitor and is a very skilled Master.
Master McConnell was named "Male Instructor of the Year" in 1998 at the Isshinryu Hall of Fame.
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