Sensei MacConkey has over 20 years experience in the martial arts. He began his training in Tennessee at the age of 10. After moving to Alabama he continued his training and in 2003 the World Taekwondo Federation Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea certified his 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.
In 2004 he began his Aikido and Japanese Karate training under Shihan Van Bushnell at USA Martial Arts. He became an uchideshi (live-in student) at the school where he underwent intensive daily training in all aspects of the martial arts including the development of instructor skills and expanding his studies of the martial arts to also include Judo, Iaido and Kobudo. After 8 years of training, teaching and personal development, Shihan Van Bushnell appointed him to the position of Head Instructor at USA Martial Arts in Bluff Park.