U.S. Shotokai Karate
I have been teaching karate & fitness for over 30 years now. We provide a traditional karate learning experience helping students not just physically, but grow mentally & as individuals. For kids we focus on respect, concentration and discipline. Older teens to adults we add more strength, fitness and stress relief. All classes always have elements of self defense. For women will find benefits their may be seeking to get in shape while simultaneously gaining the confidence to defend themselves. With our partnership at NJ Fitness we offer affordable memberships for individuals as well as families.
I have always enjoyed teaching and helping others. What I teach more than kicks and punches but the inclusion of philosophies behind the art of karate that relate to daily living. Additionally always make myself available to help and guide outside of class time as well.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Getting a student comfortable with myself, others and the space is first. Then through conversations with them and or parents what are any goals, obstacles they may have or been having and an overall better understanding on what they are looking for.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
-Black Belt in Shotokan Karate practicing for well over 30 years.
-Professional Wrestling for 20 years
-ISSA Certificated Personal Trainer
-Fitness & nutrition instruction
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Our pricing is quite affordable to accommodate for not just our area but economic times as well.
How did you get started teaching?
I began assisting at my Sensei's dojo at age 13. By age 16 I became the Assistant Instructor and Program Manager at the dojo.
What types of students have you worked with?
All ages from 5 to adults including special needs of all ages. Teaching all ages and types are my passion. I hold no favor for one above the other. It is equally rewarding to me as I hope it is to them.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
We recently expanded our programs with Women's Self Defense & Private Lessons by appointment.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Be sure to check any potential instructor's credibility through not their accolades. It's easy to boast major accomplishments. But it's their training history and experience from who they learned from that is more important. Like my father did for me when seeking a quality karate school and Sensei, as you should anything you want to pursue innlife, do the research. Be sure your potential instructor is knowledgeable & experienced.
Also is it immediately visible this is they're passion? Do they answer your questions honestly even at the risk of losing you as a potential student because they see a better option for you? It shows they're caring for what's best for their students and not just a business venture.
Finally. How willing are they to help beyond just the time in a class? Even when busy a good instructor will find a way to make time to offer additional help. Especially with today's modern age of technology, that is all the more reason any instructor should always let students know they are there for them.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What are they most looking for out of the pursuit of a martial art? What martial arts meet those pursuits? This will often help finding the perfect one for YOU as there is no perfect martial art.