Instructors

Chief Master Instructor: Hardley Soryz

Chief Master Instructor Hardley Soryz has operated the Harrisburg MATI for over twenty-five years. He began his studies of martial arts in Hawaii before he moved to North Carolina. Once in North Carolina, he taught self-defense classes for five years at Central Piedmont Community College. Like his master instructor, Soke Carmichael, he is very eager to pass on the knowledge to both adults and children. Chief Master Instructor Soryz has turned out quality adult black belts, junior blackbelts, and instructors for many years. Chief Master Instructor Soryz has run one of the most well respected schools within the MATI organization.

Instructor: JoAnna Simpson

We are excited to welcome our newest team member, Ms. JoAnna Simpson. Ms. Simpson has trained for over 10 years and is a 4th Degree Black Belt who serves as a Lead Instructor at Harrisburg Martial Arts. She is committed to providing students with the skills and tools necessary to continue their learning journey. Ms. JoAnna Simpson also studies Business at Central Piedmont Community College.

Instructor: Kim Soryz

Mrs. Kim Soryz is a 3rd Degree Black Belt with Harrisburg Martial Arts Training International. She has studied under Chief Master Instructor Hardley Soryz since 2004 and together they have four children who are also Black Belts in the school.

Soke Irwin Carmichael

Soke Irwin Carmichael, 44th Sheriff of Mecklenburg County, established Martial Arts Training Institute in 1986. When MATI was established, its primary goal was to provide students of the martial arts with the most comprehensive instruction possible and was formed with the intent to bring quality instruction to students of the martial arts worldwide. With five schools and over a thousand registered students, families in the Charlotte, Concord, and Harrisburg region are provided with instruction centered on building character as well as mental and physical strength. The Martial Arts Training Institute has produced seminars with BJ Penn, Rickson Gracie, Remy Presas, Wally Jay, George Dilman, Bobby Taboada, Matt Hughes, and many others.