Master John Austino, Jr.
Master John R. Austino, Jr., was born in 1965 in Bridgeton, NJ. He began his karate training in 1982 and has trained under Masters John Austino, Sr., Phil Maldonato, Ric Pascetta, and Maestro Peter Urban. He is a top competitor in the martial arts both locally and nationally. In 1986 he made it to the finals for the USA. AAU Olympics tryouts and placed third in fighting. In 1989 he opened his first karate school. In 2004 he was promoted to 7th Degree and awarded title of Kyoshi by Grandmaster Peter Urban.
Master Austino was an active competitor in the United Martial Arts Referees Association League. During 1992, 1993, and 1994 he became the U.M.A.R.A. League Black Belt Light Weight Fighting Champion. Now he dedicates his time to teaching and is a certified U.M.A.R.A. "A" Level Referee. In addition to teaching the marital arts, master Austino is a police officer for the State of New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). He started his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Vineland, NJ Police Department.
He is a Defensive Tactics Instructor. In 1995 he was instrumental in developing a Defensive Tactics program for the Vineland Police Department and Police Academy. In 1995 he completed SWAT I and II level training with the Los Angeles Police Department. From 1995 to 2000 he was a member of the Vineland SWAT Team. In 1998 he received certification in GRAPLE - Gracie Resisting Attack Procedures for law Enforcement under direct instruction of Royce Gracie. From 1995 to 2003 he has certified over 500 police recruits in Defensive Tactics, Handcuffing and Baton training. In 2003 he transferred to the State of New Jersey Human Services Police Department and in 2005 helped to develop a Defensive Tactics program for the State of New Jersey Human Services Police Department
Very knowledgable & patient instructors. In addition to the physical aspects of the training they also know & teach the history of the martial arts. They offer a very positive atmosphere.
Sensei Austino was a fantastic instructor. He was able to teach karate to all ages. He was fun to work with and you could see the joy he brought to his students.