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More About East Morris Karate Academy

East Morris Karate Academy

 In General


Our MISSION: Tradition, Society, Profession. To provide students with effective, traditional martial arts training; members with positive fellowship; clients with value and service, and to do this so as to be a credit to our community, our art, our calling -- and, especially, to the memory of our teachers.


Our STAFF is among the most highly trained and experienced instructor corps found anywhere. Appointment requires a 3 year formal teaching internship. Experience levels average over 12 years of personal training and 7 years of class presentation.


Our STUDENTS have an average tenure of nearly 8 years (4 times the national average.) Characteristically, they're representative of the more classic student who seeks personal attainment beyond self-defense.


Many started as children, grew up with us, and now, as adults, remain active practitioners. Others were already adults who soon also found “a home” - a place apart where their recreation became a resource in a hectic world.



The Detailed Version


Our DOJO was founded in 1981 and became a local fixture at our Route 10 address until 2000 when we moved across the street to a better facility. Through the years, we’ve trained only a little over 700 students, but produced more than 150 Black Belts and spawned 6 schools in NJ and NY.


Our PROGRAM, technically, involves practice of the Okinawan karate style, Isshin-ryu. However, what a martial arts school is, is more accurately described by it’s mission. Some are sport oriented, for some it’s exercise, and others simply to provide toddler activities or after-school care.


We offer the widely known traditional approach called budo — the perfection of one’s character through attainment of technical martial excellence coupled with philosophical understanding. In other words, we study the martial arts to become people living better lives. (Please see Martial Arts Training .)


Our HEAD INSTRUCTOR, Salvatore Musco, became a martial arts student in 1974 and a teacher since 1979. He graduated Rutgers University, in 1980 and turned full-time martial arts professional in 1986. In his case, “full-time” means even more than operating our school and serving as a co-director of American Budo Kai, the association of schools he help found. Mr. Musco also actively promotes improvement of martial arts instruction. (Please see Professional Leadership .)


Toward that end, he has traveled several times to Okinawa, not only to train with a number of preeminent teachers, but to research the history and culture of the art, the island and its people. He’s also a professional writer, speaker and teacher presenting practical applications for martial arts knowledge and techniques to mainstream audiences. (Please see Other Services .)


Our TEACHING STAFF follows the traditional model of volunteer, dojo certified senior students, and is the pride of our operation. Few karate school owners can claim either such specialized training or experience level. Yet, if karate students are special than their instructors must be even more so. Only one in three have survived the rigorous professional standards we set and maintain.


Our STUDENTS are the reason for that intensity. As a group, they seek a really worthwhile result, but one requiring more teaching expertise and operational professionalism than is easily found.


Who are our students? They’re not sportsmen though some are athletic. They’re not weak though some came to us looking for answers. They are, instead, eminently normal boys, girls, men and women who appreciate a martial arts approach that produces strength from weakness; greatness from strength. They’re people looking for an enjoyable, but also meaningful experience.


The Really Detailed Version


At this modern day point in martial arts history, it’s important we keep a clear perspective. When you hear of traditional martial arts, the term should mean more than just doing the old forms and wearing plain white uniforms.


Traditional students are students of warriorship, and for warriors, concepts like duty, honor, country are like the very air they breath. Family is at the heart of all that. And it’s with this in mind that we think a  short look at our karate family history will go a long way in introducing ourselves.


It’s said, “To know the father; observe the son.”  We think, among good sons and daughters, it works both ways.


Our story begins with...


Chotoku Kyan (1870-1945) Prolific Okinawan teacher who believed that self-discipline and social stability go hand in hand, student of... “Bushi” Matsumura (1796– 1893) First master to name a style after an ideal instead of himself, student of... “Karate” Sakugawa (1733-1815) First teacher and master of the martial arts style that was to become true Okinawan and Japanese karate, student of... Kusanku (circa 1781) Legendary figure who links all karate back to its Chinese roots.


Tatsuo Shimabuku ( 1908-1975) *Student of Chotoku Kyan and founder of Isshin-ryu Karate. (*Also Chojun Miyagi and Taira Shinken not outlined here.)


Don Nagle (1938 -1999) U.S. Marine stationed on Okinawa (circa 1955) and student of Tatsuo Shimabuku he became an Eastern U.S. karate pioneer. He established his dojo in Jersey City, NJ. Where he taught his brother David Nagle and long time student Joel Bucholtz.

A. J. Advincula (1938- ) Okinawa stationed U. S. Marine (circa 1960-70) and student of Tatsuo Shimabuku. California based teacher of nationwide martial arts seminars. Became the American Budo Kai technical/historical advisor in 1990.


Dale A. Jenkins (1946-1984) Student of Don Nagle, David Nagle and Joel Bucholtz. Established his dojo in Kenvil, NJ. Founded the Jersey Judo Karate Kai (association).


Salvatore Musco (1947- ) Student of Mr. D. A. Jenkins. Entered training in 1974, and eventually became a dojo senior instructor. He also attain some repute as tournament competitor. In 1981, Mr. Jenkins invited him to establish his own dojo, the East Morris Karate Academy, in Whippany, NJ. (Please see Martial Arts Training .)


Shortly after their sensei’s passing, Sal. Musco, along with George Calvert and Joan Felenczak, reorganized remnants of the old association into the new American Budo Kai. At that time, they became full-time professional instructors, as well. (Please see Professional Leadership .)


Sal Musco was also instrumental in establishing ground-breaking new initiatives including the formal Future Instructor Special Training Program and KAIDO, the American Budo Kai association newsletter. Recently, he created the Martial Solutions Project a client service branch in which offers mainstream applications of martial arts strategy, wisdom, and culture.