Presently serving as a Senior Associate with the University of Massachusetts’ Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management, Stephen Lisauskas has a 12-year history in local and regional government administration. Outside of the professional arena, Stephen Lisauskas is a fourth-degree black belt in karate and a member of the International Seirenkai Organization’s Board of Directors.
Founded in 2008, the International Seirenkai Organization (ISO) was named after the traditional Japanese words “seiren” (integrity) and “kai” (association). The original leaders of this “association of integrity” had been working together in the fields of karate and jujitsu for over 40 years. Committed to preserving the physical integrity of these martial arts as “real, useful, and applicable,” the ISO currently teaches students throughout Asia, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
In addition to instructing students in the ways of Seirenkai Karate and Seirenkai Jujitsu, the organization also offers training in the traditional Okinawan and Japanese weapon-based martial art known as Kobudo. The ISO promotes inclusiveness and respect for all people. In this spirit, the organization is comprised of members from a wide range of religious and cultural and other backgrounds.