Shihan James Gill

James Gill started martial arts in 1985 at the Harold Long School of Karate in Knoxville, Tenn., to gain physical fitness and self-confidence. While in college, he continued training and also took a class in Tai Chi. In 1991 he graduated from Earlham College with a B.A. in English literature and received his black belt in Isshinryu from Master Harold Long. James then moved to North Carolina to pursue a Master’s degree in Library Science from the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he received in 1993. James moved back to Tennessee at the end of 1995 and became a student of Michael Garner in 1996 at Tennessee Martial Arts University, where he has continued his studies of karate, kobudo, Yang style tai chi, and began studying Daihashiryu bushido. He has received a number of awards in kata and weapons over the years, placing in regional, national and international competitions. In 2011, he was inducted into the U.S. Traditional Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame.