David Troup sensei trained from 1987 through 2005 under Sensei Owen Masters, Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in the World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karatedo Association (WMKA), and Sensei Max Crevani, Kyoshi, Hachidan (8th degree black belt) in the WMKA at the Shorin-Ji Bushido on West 72nd Street in New York City. Both Masters and Crevani Senseis were students of Sensei Zenko Heshiki, Kyoshi, who had been a student of the late founder of Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu, Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine.
Troup sensei holds the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) in the WMKA as well as a current dojo-owner license issued by Yoshitaka Taira Sensei, President of the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do Association. Troup received his 5th degree in November of 2022 from WMKA President Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi, 10th Dan; WMKA Vice President Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi, 10th Dan; and Iwao Tome, Hanshi, 9th Dan; after receiving his 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dans from the late Soke Takayoshi Nagamine (1945 – 2012), 10th Dan Hanshisei, the son of Matsubayashi-ryu’s founder Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine.
He currently continues his training in Okinawa with Toshimitsu Arakaki Sensei.
Joseph Russillo, 3rd Dan
John Thibodeau, 3rd Dan
Kyle Reniche, 2nd Dan
Steven Munford, 2nd Dan