The Dojo teaches traditional Okinawan karate mixed with the best of modern exercise science training to build skill, attributes, and confidence.
Steve DiOrio has been studying Martial Arts since 1976 and he's been teaching for most of that time. He has black belts in several different martial arts styles and is Master Instructor in Uechi Ryu, Steve has taught military, Police and Citizen self-defense for over 30 years.
I'm here to build martial artist of a type that are rare, valuable, authentic, powerful, and absolutely extraordinary; I'm here to help build world-class leaders, teachers, activists, and thinker-doers who are legendary --who innovate, stand for the best-of-the-best, who literally CHANGE THE WORLD . I seek to cultivate Master-citizens, people worthy of documentaries, who stand for the wholesome, the honest, the simple, the real, the compassionate, and the engaged. I hope build leaders who think differently, who think beyond themselves, who transcend the subject matter, who step in when it's stepping in that's needed, who know how to forgive, to help, to participate, and who look deeply at what they do, what they consume, and who they help --as a form of practicing a kind of martial arts and living a life that we can all be proud of.
I have been taking lessons at The Dojo for about 10 months now, and I can't say enough positive things about my experience. Sensei Steve is an exceptional instructor, who brings more to the experience than just lessons on form, kata, building strength & quickness, etc. Steve is not only a master practitioner of Uechi Ryu (Okinawan karate), he has spent his entire life learning other martial arts and he enjoys giving us all insight on how to incorporate the best techniques from other arts into what we do. Steve is friendly, funny, smart, etc., but he is also no nonsense in terms of emphasizing that we are there to learn not only the art of this very special brand of karate, we are there to learn how to defend ourselves if that time ever came. The other students are fun to be with and The Dojo has quickly become another family to me. I'm writing such a long review because I care about Steve and his community, and I encourage you to come by and just try a lesson to see what you think.
Steve is amazing! My teen age son has done boxing for a while and wanted to expand his fighting art skills by learning Uechi-ryu Karate so he joined the Dojo about 6 months ago. Steve does an excellent job of explaining how to execute each move. He also keeps the classes engaging while still managing to keep order and structure. For anyone that's interested in fighting style karate (think Oliver Queen from the Arrow), this is the place for you!