Mr. Mark O’Neill
- Instructor Level 2 - International Bok Fu Do Association
- Instructor B - John Ozuna's K.O. Kung Fu Karate
Training Rank: 1st Degree Brown Belt
Date Began Training: June 2002
Represented the United States Forms and Weapons Team in World Competition:
2015 – 5th TWKSF World Championships, Argentina
Represented John Ozuna's KO Kung Fu in National Competition:
2009 - International Koushu Championships, Baltimore, MD
Mark O'Neill began his martial arts training at KO Kung Fu in 2002. It started out like it does for many five year olds…something new to do. He took a short, two-month break, and then he asked the question that would change his life: “Why aren’t I going to karate anymore?” He joined the Jr. Instructor Trainee program in 2007 and has been teaching classes at KO ever since. Today, he is a certified instructor at KO.
“What I love most about KO Kung Fu is the ability to enter the school and leave everything behind. You can be having the best day, or the worst, but KO maintains its dependability. The dependability and stability of the school, combined with the warm and nurturing environment create a irreplaceable learning environment where you can train not only your body and mind, but your spirit.”
Mr. O’Neill has been a part of the Mighty Might program since his enrollment, going from student to teacher. He grew too old for the class himself, and at that point he began assisting the class. Since then, teaching has been a major part of his life and his martial arts career.
“While martial artists may not be the best athletes, and there’s no exception for myself or my peers, we are some of the best sportsmen. A part of martial arts is dedicated to the body, a part is dedicated to the mind, and a part is dedicated to the spirit of the art form. Sincere respect comes very quickly to our students, but there are many other character attributes that we gain from our training. We owe these traits to martial arts and to KO.”
Mark O’Neill has competed for John Ozuna’s KO Kung Fu both regionally and nationally, including the 2009 International Koshu Championships in Baltimore, Maryland.
“Martial arts is a phenomenal way of life, and I’ll choose it over anything else!”