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

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

 

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.

 

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 – Instructor

Started karate under Sensei Umbel in April, 2009. Awarded shodan (1st. degree) from Shihan Hiroyoshi Okazaki of the ISKF in June, 2015. Awarded Nidan (2nd, degree) from Shihan Hiroyoshi Okazaki of the ISKF on March 26, 2021.

Alessandra Volpe – Junior Instructor

Started karate under Sensei Umbel in June, 2014. Awarded shodan (1st. degree) from Shihan Hiroyoshi Okazaki of the ISKF in March, 2021.