Mr. Michael Martyn, 7th Dan

Head Instructor

Mr. Martyn began his martial arts training in 1981 in Shorin-ryu Karatedo. After a year of training in Shorin-ryu, Mr. Martyn joined Pacific Rim Martial Arts Academy and was a direct student of James R. Garrison for more than 35 years and during that time trained in a variety of complementary martial arts. Since 1993, Mr. Martyn has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Japan and trained with numerous martial arts experts including top Aikido instructors as well as European, World and Olympic Judo champions.  Mr. Martyn currently holds the following black belt ranks: 7th Dan Chung Do Kwan TaeKwonDo, 6th Dan Ju Sool Kwan Hapkido, 5th Dan Judo, 4th Dan Nihon Jujutsu, 3rd Dan Aikido, and 1st Dan Ryushin Shouchi Iaido.  

From 1994 to 2014, Mr. Martyn served in a variety of roles for the World Oriental Martial Arts Federation, including Director of the Judo and Jujutsu Divisions and most recently as Vice-President of North America. During his time with WOMAF, Mr. Martyn received 3 Distinguished Service Awards, an Instructor of the Year Award, and a Master Instructor Appointment in 2011.

From 2012 to 2021, Mr. Martyn served the Kokusai Budoin (International Martial Arts Federation) as a Regional Director for the Americas Division. Founded in 1952, the International Martial Arts Federation, is comprised of the following divisions: Judo, Kendo, Karatedo, Aikido, Iaido, Nihon Jujutsu and Kobudo and is dedicated to providing access to archives of historical information and sources of traditional instruction. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, IMAF has established branches in 17 counties, with members throughout the world. As Branch Manager, Mr. Martyn oversaw all aspects of membership and operational coordination with headquarters in Japan.

In his professional practice, Mr. Martyn is the Founder of SISU Consulting Group (, an award winning international consultancy supporting organizations throughout North America, Central America, and Europe. Prior to founding SISU, Mr. Martyn worked in the private equity arena, successfully turning around companies in both manufacturing and service industries. This approach, described in his book Own the Gap ( has been used by more than 500 organizations since it publication in 2012 and won the Shingo Prize for Research and Professional Publication.

In addition to his work with clients, Mr. Martyn is a Senior Curriculum Advisor and Director Emeritus for the Shingo Institute (  In 2015, Mr. Martyn was also inducted as a Lifetime Member of the Shingo Academy.  The Shingo Institute conducts global research and education on management system best practices, and its model for operational excellence has developed into the world standard for helping organizations develop world-class continuous improvement cultures. The institute also recognizes organizations through the administration of the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. To date, SISU has assisted 47 organizations in achieving Shingo Prize recognition, more than any other consultancy in the world.