Dominican martial arts instructor, Shannah Robin has been appointed World Martial Artist of the year.
Robin currently holds a 7th degree black belt, the highest level attained by any Dominican.
He is also the first Dominican to create his own martial arts style, and the youngest Dominican to receive the services medal of honor award for his outstanding contributions to his country in working with youth through martial arts.
He informed Dominica Vibes that he is honored to be inducted in the biggest martial arts hall of fame located in Atlantic City.
“To be in the presence of all the legends, ones that I dreamt of all my life. To see all these big guys on the screen and now being in their presence, shaking their hands and taking pictures to the point where I was the pad holder for Michael Jai White in his seminar, I mean that’s beyond words.
“That is an opportunity many people wish they could have and fortunately for me I had that opportunity on Saturday. There was over 2,000 people there… It was an amazing experience, putting Dominica on the map,” he remarked.
Michael Jai White is an American actor, director, and martial artist.
Meanwhile, Robin says that he looks forward to sharing his experience with Dominican students.
“My next move is to try bringing Michael Jai White to Dominica. I spoke to him about it, we’re going to exchange some information and once we get the government onboard and the Ministry of Tourism on board to help and and get some sponsors, I could get him down here, take him to some schools, so the children can see and feel and be motivated and inspired by a man who comes from a humble beginning and make it to the top.”
Robin says that he is currently building universal martial arts internationally by providing quality training for the youth of Dominica and abroad alike.