About Us
Traditional Japanese Karate-Do

Karate-Do was founded by Gichin Funakoshi in Okinawa, and later brought to Japan, and means the "empty hands way". Shotokan is the largest style of Japanese Karate-Do today.


Gichin Funakoshi
Our Dojo

The school is affiliated with the Japan Karate Association (JKA), a world-wide organization dedicated to encourage and assist students in their growth and understanding of Shotokan, and to promote the development of the art generally. It is also a member of Shotokan Karate-do International (SKDI). SKDI operates out of New York City and serves as the headquarters for many JKA clubs worldwide.


Sensei Masataka Mori, 9th Dan
Our Instructors

Our Chief Instructor is Sensei Noel Santella, 5th Dan, a JKA-licensed tournament judge, examiner and instructor. Sensei Noel Santella trained under Sensei Masataka Mori, 9th Dan, in New York City. She received 5 years of instructor training and has been teaching since 1974.
Sensei Richard Santella, 3rd Dan, has been an instructor for over 30 years.
Sensei Richard Santella, 3rd Dan
    Sensei Noel Santella, 5th Dan 
Dojo Kun

The Dojo-Kun is recited at the conclusion of every karate class, allowing us to reflect upon the guiding principles of the Shotokan Karate-Do (way).



Seek Perfection of Character
Be faithful
Endeavor
Respect Others
Refrain from Violent Behavior