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Welcome to the Montclair Shukokai Karate website! The first green dojo in the USA!

Shukokai karate is a traditional Japanese martial art based on Shito Ryu (one of the first styles of karate) and refined by its founder, Soke Shigeru Kimura, 10th Dan. The style is defined by a “one hit, one kill” striking power and embodies the values of discipline, focus, respect, patience, temperance, self-esteem, and creativity. Students at the dojo (school) learn about technique, fighting, and the use of weaponry on the path toward achieving their black belt. Montclair Shukokai Karate is affiliated with the American Shukokai Karate Union (ASKU), the national governing body of dojos teaching Kimura Shukokai, as well as Kimura Shukokai International, the world governing body, which represents 20 member countries with over 20,000 students currently practicing this style of karate.

Sensei Justin DeSalvo, 4th Dan, is the owner and chief instructor at Montclair Shukokai Karate. An avid student of the art for nearly 40 years, he trained with Soke Kimura before his death in 1995, and  has been teaching karate for over a decade between his Sensei’s dojo in Tenafly and more recently at his own dojo, which opened in October 2006 in nearby Glen Ridge. Due to the popularity of the style and Sensei Justin’s learning-through-play teaching philosophy, the school has relocated to larger space in Montclair to safely accommodate the growing student body. Sensei Justin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in child psychology from Wittenburg University and worked in the medical diagnostic field before opening his own dojo. His wife Lynn, 2nd Dan, is a speech and language pathologist specializing in autistic spectrum disorders. She assists Sensei Justin in his teaching and offers special needs support to children at the dojo.

Montclair Shukokai Karate offers people of all ages and abilities – from age three to 100 – the opportunity to learn a martial art steeped in history and culture and provides a wonderfully supportive community for its students and their families. Students enjoy their classes and special events in a clean and safe environment.

Located at 100 Grove Street in Montclair, New Jersey, it is the United States first totally green dojo, an issue near and dear to Sensei Justin’s heart. In addition to the health benefits of a LEED certified space, the dojo offers dedicated on-site parking, 2,400 square feet of space with vaulted ceilings, dressing areas, shower, and state-of-the-art mats and equipment.

We invite you to browse around the site to learn more about the karate style, its founder, and the Shukokai community, which extends far beyond Montclair to the national and international community as well. If you are interested in joining our dojo, please stop by and learn about our pricing and if available, our special offers.

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