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Student Life

Living as a martial artist takes practice.

And what better way to do it than with a group who watches your back so you don't have to?

People who understand you because they once faced your challenges, and continue facing their own. People who support, instead of competing or judging, one another.

Our dojo experience, in many ways, is like entering another time and place. One where your dojo crew is friendly, accepting, respectful, polite.

Joining in is easy. Just show up.
EMKA students at lunch

Sensei A.J. Advincula, Isshin-ryu Karate (second left)

Mr. Musco speaking with his teacher.

Class - Part 2.

In a traditional dojo, we don't talk much on the floor.

Mr. Musco tells people he learned half the karate he knows while sitting on a bar stool.

What he means are the stories and lessons his teacher, the late D.A. Jenkins, once told over lunch, in a parking lot or on the road to a tournament. Sometimes it was just lunch and a few laughs. At other times, it was a lesson that Mr. Musco still teaches to others today.

You can never tell when that lightning will strike. Today, we continue the tradition, as does Mr. Musco with his current teacher, A.J. Advincula.

Someone can bow on and off the floor for 10 years, but you'd be hard pressed to find a real martial artist who never attended "the second half of class."

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