Shihan Cody Robyn is co-owner and Master Instructor of Excel Martial Arts, co-founder of American-Te, and developer of various programs and curriculum, including the Special Needs Program. Cody began his training in 1986 under the instruction of Steve Schatvet, at the age of 7.
Cody worked hard and became one of the most consistent and reliable brown belts in the school. At age 15, he began assisting in all of the children’s and adult classes at the Norwood Dojo. Having achieved his black belt in 1996, he was asked to take over the Mansfield Dojo with John Hagman in early 1997.
In 2000, along with Vinnie Guerrini and John Hagman, Cody Robyn co-founded and developed the modern day American-Te Curriculum taking from traditional Japanese Karate, Filipino Arts, Nick Cerio’s Kenpo, and many more.
In 2003, now both 3rd Degree Black Belts, Cody and John took over the Norwood Dojo and completed ownership of the Learning Center for Martial Arts (now Excel Martial Arts). Cody is a Master Level instructor of Kyusho Jutsu and a developer of Kyusho International under Evan Pantazi. One of Cody’s most proud achievements is the creation of the Excel Special Needs program. This program aims to instruct all students regardless of physical, social, or cognitive disabilities. Students learn an adapted curriculum that teaches self defense, physical fitness, coordination, awareness, and self control.
Shihan Cody Robyn continues to study and develop American-Te, trains and teaches Kyusho Pressure Point Fighting, practices Filipino arts from Tom Sotis, and focuses on the newest art to Excel: Internal Arts/Tai Chi.
6th Degree Black Belt American Te®
6th Degree Black Belt Ryukyu Kempo/Kyusho Kempo
6th Level Practitioner Kyusho International™
6th Degree Black Belt Kyusho-Jutsu Kokusai Shihankai
5th Duan Internal Arts Tai Chi Ch’uan
Studied with Professor Thomas Sotis (1992-1993, 2000-2006)
Studied with Sifu Gregory Morgan in Filipino Martial Arts (1997-1999)
Studied with Dr. Robert McKittrick of Isshin-Ryu in Pressure Points (1993-1995)
Studied in seminars with Grand Master George Dillman of Ryukyu Kempo (2000-2004)
Currently studies in semi-private classes with Shihan Evan Pantazi (2000-present)
Trains and Certifies Members of Kyusho International™
Trains and Certifies students of Excel levels White Belt through all Black Belt ranks
Trains and Certifies students of Excel Special Needs Program
Trains and Certifies students of Excel Stickfighting Program
Awarded the title of Shihan (Master Level teacher of teachers) from Evan Pantazi (2013)