Our Instructors

James E. Umbel – Owner/Chief Instructor

Started karate in 1978 under Sensei Frank E. DiNunno. Became Owner/Chief instructor of the club in 1986. Awarded godan (5th. degree)  from Shihan Hiroyoshi Okazaki of the ISKF in October, 2017.

 

Philip Verbus – Senior Instructor

Trained under Sensei DiNunno from 1980 – 1984. Has been training under Sensei Umbel since October, 2001. Awarded shodan (1st. degree) from Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki of the ISKF in November, 2002.

 

Mike Wilson – Senior Instructor

Started karate under Sensei Umbel in February, 2006. Awarded nidan (2nd. degree) from Sensei Hiroyoshi Okazaki of the ISKF in June, 2015.

 

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Robert L. Colgan –  Senior Instructor

Started karate under Sensei Umbel in February, 1999. Awarded nidan (2nd. degree) from Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki of the ISKF in September, 2014.

 

Melissa Whipkey – Instructor

Started karate under Sensei Umbel in January, 2008. Awarded shodan (1st. degree) from Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki of the ISKF in May, 2012.

 

Joshua Volpe – Junior Instructor

Started karate under Sensei Umbel in April, 2009. Awarded shodan (1st. degree) from Shihan Hiroyoshi Okazaki of the ISKF in June, 2015.