Every dojo makes its promise.

For some, it's one of competition or security.
Others stress calisthenics.
Still others offer amusement.

For us, it's practicing karate as an art form and as a Way.

And for that you need specialists.

Meet our staff...

Specialists: We believe that being a karate teacher requires more preparation, effort and commitment than is common. Simple student experience and availability are not enough.

  • Three year formal instructor development program. (Separate study track for advanced students.)
  • Required assistant instructor internship prior to appointment.
  • Continuing monthly training days. Each is focused on personal training, workshops in class & student teaching methods, and seminars on conducting operations professionally.

Specialists: We believe that being a karate teacher requires more preparation, effort and commitment than is common. Simple student experience and availability are not enough.

  • Our four class instructors
    • Have each taught for an average of over 25 years.
    • Were exclusively trained here as students.
  • Our Head instructor
    • Isshin-ryu karate practitioner since 1974.
    • Co-founder of the American Budo Kai association.

Specialists: We believe that being a karate teacher requires more preparation, effort and commitment than is common. Simple student experience and availability are not enough.

  • Must maintain a standard of conduct in keeping with traditional dojo culture - on and off the floor.
  • Must be reliable, competent and ethical in conducting dojo business and operations.

Specialists: We believe that being a karate teacher requires more preparation, effort and commitment than is common. Simple student experience and availability are not enough.

  • Regard each time they step before a class as a priviledge.
  • View each student's training challenges as also their own and one they are determined to resolve.
  • Volunteer many off-class hours consulting each other about student progress and event planning.
Our Students
Students come in all shapes, sizes, ages and for many reasons.
But, after over 40 years of teaching karate, we know two things for certain:
Any of our students, literally, can excel in the art and the Way.
You don't need great athletic ability or physique.
What it does take is effort, patience and a desire to be... more.

WHAT you do is never as important as HOW and WHY.

'Karate' teaches technique. 'Karate-do' teaches a Way - to students who train for success.


Adults & Teens
"Dogs fight, tigers fight, men do kata."
- Tatsuo Shimabuku, Isshin-ryu Karate

Martial artists have long studied karate as a way to grow, be active and have fun. For them, combat ability is a valuable result, but not their main purpose.

Does karate work in the street? Yes and no.
Yes, but, like any art, it's only as good as your skill.
So, no, 'karate' doesn't work - but you do!

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Our kids learn the same karate program that's taught to adults. Not, of course, with the same intensity. Yet, they are held to similar standards.

Is it a challenge? You bet, but, for over 40 years, it's one students have proven can be successfully met.

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Knowledge & Wisdom
Adults & Teens
The very definition of 'martial art' includes this aspect of training. It's also something often pretty much ignored, or worse, ridiculed.
And that's bad news for at least three reasons:

- Avoiding combat is the highest display of martial skill - and the smartest. (see Sun Tzu)
- Martial strategies work very well in solving life's non-combative problems.
- Self-defense is actually most often needed for mental or emotional protection.

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Children learn more from what they observe and do than what they merely hear.
The traditional dojo environment provides a consistent example of martial arts principles, values and standards that promote abilities such as: self-control, mental focus, critical thinking, attention to detail, teamwork...
While not specifically taught philosophies in depth, as are adult students, the children are exposed to these new perspectives through the dojo culture that is based on them.

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Perfection of Character
When you study karate, in a traditional way, you soon realize you are actually studying yourself.

Because you're learning things you've never done before,
your patience, humility, courage, attention, perseverance are all tested to correctly accomplish even the simplest tasks.

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Practice is THE most important
part of karate training.
Without practice there is no progress.
And yet, practicing is hard for many people.
It tests perseverance, dedication,
discipline, honesty, sincerity.
Practice, however, is also an excellent way
to develop those same qualities!

And, once you get the hang of it, practice becomes
a most enjoyable part of training.

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Of course, good class attendance is vital. But beyond the obvious reasons, enthusiasm and attendance feed off one another.

But just attending class and dojo activities also plays an import role in a student's development. Remember, you're not a martial artist not just for what you can do, but for the person you are.
Because we observe good martial arts attitude in everything we do and wherever we go, students with good attendance have more unique opportunities to develop and practice the Eight Warrior Virtues:

Justice, courage, benevolence, politeness, honesty & sincerity, honor, loyalty, character & self-control.

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Form follows function. If you want to know what’s important to people, see what they hang on their walls.
Our location looks just like an Okinawan dojo, not because we decorated it that way,
but because we use it that way.

For us, ‘Old School’ means quality, integrity, proper martial spirit, community…
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"Do good karate and have fun. Always both. Just doing one or the other is not right."

- Sensei D.A. Jenkins, Isshin-ryu Karate

Work hard... of course. Enjoy ourselves? Absolutely!

Community is another difference between
being a dojo member and `going to karate school`.
(It's something like a family without the in-laws.)

Even though events are voluntary, our members rarely miss a chance to be around one another.
Perhaps it's because we can have fun while always treating everyone with the same regard 'off the floor' as on.

Here are a few of our available activities...
  • Shiai
    'School Show'
    See how we've grown.
  • Training Retreat
    Training Retreat
    Road Trip
    Seminars & Workshops.
  • Dojo Anniversary Festival
    Dojo Anniversary Festival
    Two Days
    BBQ. Games. Rank testing.
  • Halloween Party
    Halloween Party
    Kids & Teens Only
    Traditional Games, Costumes and Snacks
  • Generations Party
    Generations Party
    Adults Only
    Some quiet just-us-grown-ups time. Celebrating our teachers - past, present and future.
  • Last Class
    Last Class
    All Students
    Special end of year class & enkai.
  • Enkai
    "After Party"
    After what? For us, after just about everything.
  • Tournament
    Road Trip
    We said we're not crazy about them. We never said we didn't know how.
Why People Choose Us

Don't entirely trust website testimonials? Neither do we. Instead, we encourage people to talk with our members - students and parents. (Of course they'll like us - they're still here! The more important question is what do they like about us.)

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single...phone call.

For hundreds of years, to join the Shaolin Temple you first had to sit outside the gate for three days.

Until recently, a martial arts teacher's immediate response to requests for training was usually a simple, "Go away."

We are not quite that tough. All you have to do is leave a message!

We will return your call, make sure all your questions are answered, that you understand what we do and, possibly,
make an appointment to come in and take your (free) trial - and your second step.

Get In Touch

East Morris Karate Academy
14 West Street,East Hanover,
NJ 07936