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Shihan Albert Andrews Biography


Albert A. Andrews was born in Trinidad and Tobago on March 5th 1965. He began training in the Don Jitsu Ryu System with Professor Don Jacob in 1978 in Trinidad at the Chaguanas Branch. He currently holds the rank of 6th Dan.

In 1988 he graduated from the Faculty of Engineering with a degree in Land Surveying at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.

In 1989 he move to work in Tortola, B.V.I. and with the permission and blessings of his instructor Shihan Albert, started the Tortola, British Virgin Islands Branch in 1990. According to Shihan, "In the 10 wonderful years that followed we produced many Black Belts who represented the BVI and Purple Dragon International all over the Caribbean, USA and Canada and won many World Championship Titles, we also hosted 5 successful International Purple Dragon BVI Open Karate Championships".

Shihan Albert Migrated to Florida in 2000 where he assisted in the dynamic growth of Purple Dragon Miami branches and started the Purple Dragon Jupiter Branch in 2001 which he still operates. At that time the dojo was located inside of the Lady of America gym where Shihan Albert taught Karobics (Developed by Grand Master Professor Don Jacob), Yoga and kickbox.

With the experience of being a kindergarten teacher, he developed a Kindergarten Karate program for 3 and 4 yr old  which has been successful at Jupiter Montessori Academy, Jupiter Academy, The Professional Learning Center in Jupiter and now at the Batt School for International Leadership, instilling confidence, fitness, fun, discipline and Self Defense.

In 2005 he opened his own dojo in Palm Beach Gardens and has students who travel from as far North as Stuart, as far west as Jupiter Farms and  as far south as Riviera Beach to train.

Shihan Albert introduced the Don Jitsu Ryu System in 2006 at the Batt School for International Leadership in Juno Beach, Florida with great success.

He has Hosted 7 South Florida Mini Slam Karate tournaments. Hosting Professor Don Jacob as our Special Guest.

In June of 2008 Shihan Albert along with other Purple Dragon Shihans and Senseis was inducted in to World Sokiship's Hall of Fame as MASTER INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR.

 

Achievements:
  • International Junior Karate championship Kumite 1981
  • National Championship Kumite and Kata T & T 1983
  • Shodan Black Belt 1983
  • Grand Championship Kumite St Croix USVI Int. Championships 1984 & 1985
  • 1st Place Kumite Caribbean International Championships in Venezuala 1985
  • 1st place Kumite Champion in the island of St Lucia 1985
  • Rated #1 National Pro/Am Karate League's National Champion Forms 1987 Trinidad and Tobago
  • Grand Champion Forms Top 10 Shoot out Pro/Am Karate league of Trinidad and Tobago 1988
  • Migrated to Tortola, BVI and Started the Purple Dragon BVI Branch 1990
  • Grand Champion Kata, Weapons & Sparring in the Grand Cayman open Championships 1991
  • Inducted into the 1st Caribbean Martial Arts Hall of Fame 1992
  • 2nd Place NBL & SKI World Games Hollywood California 1993
  • Twice Grand Champion Puerto Rico Open Martial Arts Tournament
  • 3rd Dan Black Belt December 1993
  • 4th Dan Black Belt August 1998
  • 5th Dan Black Belt 2004
  • Runner up US-Open World Championships Self Defense Division and Featured on ESPN2 2005
  • 2009 Started Aftercare Karate Program At Limestone Creek Elementary School
  • 2010 6th Dan Black Belt
  • 2010 Our Dojo Team Represented USA at the World Karate Championships In Trinidad and Inducted into 2nd Caribbean Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
  • 2011 Opened new Location in Tequesta, Florida
  • 2013 Started Aftercare Karate Program at Marsh Point Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
  • 2014 Visited Japan along with Grand Master Professor Don Jacob, my Wife and 47 Purple Dragons from 5 countries