Master Clark Jones - Hanshi Kudan Registration #34



Clark and Louise Jones

About Clark Jones

I am a Hanshi Master and authorized representative of the Okinawa Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Association (OUKA) of Okinawa, Japan and a member dojo of the Walter Mattson Dojo Group.

I am a privileged student of Hanshi Judan Walter Mattson (Registration #8 and advisor to OUKA) since 1968. I have had the honor and opportunity of participating in intensive training sessions with numerous Uechi-Ryu Masters on their regular visits to the USA since the early 1970s. My initial senior promotion ‘gold-bar’ ranks were administered in the U.S. by a Master test board for Renshi-6Dan (1991) and Kiyoshi-7Dan (1998).

In 2005, I participated in three weeks of intensive training in Okinawa with Senior Masters and was tested and promoted to Kiyoshi HachiDan-8Dan (Okinawa Registered #43). In May 2013, my fourth visit, I was honored to be recognized, tested, and promoted  by Grandmaster Shintoku Takara to Hanshi Kudan (Master- 9Dan; Okinawa Registered #34).

Teaching Credentials
My teaching experience began in the early 1970’s where I taught several programs and classes under the direction of Walter Mattson. After being promoted to Godan-5Dan in 1986, I received my “Shihan Master-Instructor” diploma from Master Kanei Uechi in 1987 (Registration #97). I launched the 'Clark Jones Okinawan Karate' school in January 1996, today located in Northboro, MA.

Dan Test Board
Walter Mattson Dojo Group Black Belt Test Board – Pictured left to right: Charlie Merib, Walter Mattson, John Evans, Clarence Wilder, Joe Graziano, Bobby Rosati, Clark Jones, and Peter McRae.

Personal Philosophy
I have always found that all students (especially newcomers) Don’t Care What You Know, But Want To Know If You Care!

Obviously, it's important to provide the technical karate training and bring a student to as advanced a level of progress as their pursuit demands; equally important is the consistency of quality instruction and being treated in a professional and caring manner.

Karate training is an authentic vehicle for people to gain better control over their lives. Students pursue an overall better physicality, determined confidence, and a “fighting spirit” which can apply to all of life's adversities. 

Beyond therapeutic exercise benefits, true “karate-do” brings each member (student) on a guided path of safe and effective self-study. For those who find themselves embracing this concept, the martial arts is an effective “active meditation” that rejuvenates and reenergizes us at every stage; that is why senior martial artists remain active into extended decades of life. Serious martial artists never quit.