Matt Knorr began training in karate in 1987 at the age of 14 at the South Jersey Karate Club/Club Shotokan in Marlton NJ. He studied under chief instructors, Sensei’s Steve Montgomery and Sal Lopresti. Mr. Knorr received his first degree black belt under Sensei Steve Montgomery in 1993, his Nidan in 1996 and his Sandan in 2000. He has competed and won at AAU Regional and national competitions. He has also competed at the USNKF National championships and has competed internationally in Las Vegas and California.
During this time, Mr. Knorr received instructor training under the teachings of Sensei’s Montgomery and Lopresti. In 1998, Mr. Knorr began another level in his training experience when Club Shotokan adapted the teaching philosophy of Sensei Vince Morris. This change significantly expanded Mr. Knorr’s knowledge and applications of holds, throws, chokes and pressure points.
In 2001, Mr. Knorr had an opportunity to become a partner of Club Shotokan. He was thrilled to be able to be a part of the team that helped teach him the art that he is so passionate about. He continues to learn different aspects of the martial arts and tries to teach his students different facets of the martial arts.
In 2002, after four years of training under the tutelage of Sensei Morris and Sensei Montgomery, Mr. Knorr earned his Sandan and Yondan. And since 2012, he holds the rank of Rokudan.