Mark Lawler

  • Professor Mark Lawler holds an ninth-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate
  • Mark began training in 1978 at American Karate Studio in Wilmington, DE where he taught for 12 years under Pat Caputo
  • Founded Lawler’s Kenpo Karate in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, in 1992
  • Is a Professor of Kinesiology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania since 1999, teaching strength training and self defense
  • Competed in tournaments from the 1980s to the early 1990s
  • Was a personal student of Joe Palanzo from 1990 to 2003, and trained with Kenpo Masters Frank Trejo and Huk Planas
  • Has extensive training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Bando, and Escrima
  • Served as Chief Arbitrator for the Worldwide Kenpo Karate Association and Co-Captain of the WKKA National Demo Team from 1995 to 2003
  • Consulted for former St. Louis Rams head coach Dick Vermiel in 1999 on martial arts-based drills for Pro football player performance enhancement
  • An accomplished guitarist, recorded an instrumental guitar album titled “ZERO HOUR” in 1990 in London for AVN Records and continues to perform and record with his band in the Philadelphia area