KYOSHI RIDGELY ABELE
Mr. Abele is a ninth degree Black Belt in Karate and Jujitsu. He holds the Kyoshi title for advanced study in the Martial Arts. He was elected to the Trias International Society (a society for the most spirited fighters in the country). He is the founder of the Columbia School of Karatedo. It is a national center for the Martial Arts, Karatedo, Jujitsu, and Okinawan Kobudo. Mr. Abele is a head coach for the USA Karate Federation and a national trainer for the United States Karate Team. Kyoshi Abele is a member of the Inner Council for the International Shuri-ryu Association.
He has produced over 160 black belts throughout the world. He maintains schools in Europe and the United States. He also works in protective services, conducts clinics in defensive tactics and corporate security.
Mr. Abele has traveled extensively throughout the Unites States, Canada, Europe, and the Orient, training with the best American and Oriental instructors. Mr. Abele has won many regional, national and world tournaments, including the United States Karate Association Nationals, the United States International, and the First Florida Professional Championships and USKA World Championships in 1983 and 1985.
In 1982, he was appointed to Chief Instructor to teach Shuri-ryu (an authentic style) worldwide. There are only six Chief Instructors worldwide.
Mr. Abele has appeared on television and has been featured in karate movies. He is a graduate of Florida State University. He received his Doctorate in Asian Studies in 1992.