We study the Art of Isshin-ryu Karate which was created by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku of Okinawa. Our form of Isshin-ryu Karate is also called American Isshin-ryuKarate due to the changes and modifications that have been introduced over the years. In this program you will develop many skills, such as:
The study of any martial art is a progression and personal journey. Mastery of the techniques comes through practice, practice, practice and time, time, time! However, the journey is not merely a technical one. As you progress in your journey, you will discover many things about the art and yourself that fascinate, stimulate and motivate you to personal growth and excellence. Many students discover and focus abilities that they never knew they had, build self-esteem and confidence, learn self-discipline, respect and goal setting. The relationships and friendships that you forge with like-minded students while in the art will be some of the relationships and friendships that are with you for life. We welcome you to enjoy our school!
Our vision is to empower the students that study with us. Our goal is to develop and impart a practical and comprehensive system of exercise and knowledge of self-defense. However, the martial arts is not just about technique. It's also about building the individual; their confidence, character, and leadership. Our vision is to empower our students to pursue excellence in the martial arts and in their personal lives.
Godan (5th Degree Black-Belt) - Master Thaxton is the founder and head instructor of Thaxton Martial Arts. His formal training are in the areas of Isshinryu Karate, Kickboxing and Kyusho Jitsu (pressure-point application). Sensei Thaxton first began his training in Isshinryu Karate under the instruction of the late Grand Master Ernie Temple. After obtaining advanced rank, he went on to work several years as an assistant instructor in Master Temple's program. During this time Sensei Thaxton also began training in Kickboxing also obtaining advanced rank. Eventually, Sensei Thaxton went on to teach Karate and self-defense for the Piscataway Board of Education Adult Education program where he started several adult and children programs in Karate and self-defense. Sensei Thaxton also studied Kyusho Jitsu under the instruction of Grand Master Mark Kline, applying pressure-point application to the Isshinryu system of katas. Master Kline promoted Sensei Thaxton to 4th dan. Sensei Thaxton was promoted to 5th dan by Hanshi Don Vitale, Hanshi Don Nash, Hanshi Ralph Passero and Hanshi Mark Kline. Master Thaxton continues to enthusiastically work with students teaching the art of Karate and self-defense.
Yondan (4th Degree Black-Belt) - Master Hosford is the co-founder and a senior instructor of Thaxton Martial Arts. Her formal training is in the area of Isshinryu Karate. Master Hosford first began her training in Isshinryu Karate under the instruction of the late Grand Master Ernie Temple. She went on to join Sensei Thaxton at his Piscataway Board of Education Adult Education Karate and self-defense programs in 2009. Master Hosford brings a very unique and insightful perspective to self-defense application, and is an enthusiastic and committed martial arts instructor.
Nidan (2nd Degree Black-Belt) - Sensei Patel commenced her Isshinryu training under Master Thaxton in 2009. She exemplifies the character, accountability, faithfulness, perseverance, and discipline that we look for in a student and particularly a black-belt. She is an amazing role model for the dojo. We are so proud to have Sensei Patel as part of our dojo.
Shodan (1st Degree Black-Belt) - Sensei Gibbeons is a deacon at the Cathedral International Second Baptist Church of Perth Amboy, NJ, an attending physician at the Family Medicine at Atlantic Health System - The Medical Institute of New Jersey, Cedar Knolls, husband and father of two. He commenced his Isshinryu training under Master Thaxton in 2010. He also holds Shodan rank in Shotokan. Dr. Gibbeons exemplifies the character, accountability, perseverance, and discipline that we look for in a student and martial arts. He is an exemplary role model. We are proud to have Sensei Gibbeons as part of our dojo.
Shodan (1st Degree Black-Belt) - Sensei Kush commenced his Isshinryu training together with his mother, Sensei Kamini Patel, at Thaxton Martial Arts in 2009. He was an honor student in HS and now attends college. He's a fierce tournament competitor, and most importantly a hard working, faithful, dedicated and kind-hearted young man. He is an outstanding role model for his peers. We are so proud to have Sensei Kush as part of our dojo.
Shodan (1st Degree Black-Belt) - Sensei Gibbions commenced her Isshinryu training together with her father and brother, Sensei James Gibbions and Sensei Jordan Gibbions, at Thaxton Martial Arts in 2013. She has been an honor roll student from middle school to present in high school, and is also a cheerleader. Sensei Jada an extraordinary young woman who can be described as gentle, modest, hard working, and very coachable. He is an outstanding role model for her peers. We are so proud to have Sensei Jada as part of our dojo.
Shodan (1st Degree Black-Belt ) - Sensei Gibbions commenced his Isshinryu training together with his father and sister, Sensei James Gibbions and Sensei Jada Gibbions, at Thaxton Martial Arts in 2013. He has been an honor student from middle school to present in high school, and also serves in the JROTC. Sensei Jordan an extraordinary young man who among many fine attributes is a hard working, dependable, and approachable young man. He is an outstanding role model for his peers. We are so proud to have Sensei Jordan as part of our dojo.
Shodan Teiugu (1st Degree Black-Belt) - Sensei Gupta commenced his Isshinryu training at Thaxton Martial Arts in 2015. He is an honor student in multiple subjects, and also competes in soccer and tennis. Sensei Neev is a fierce and exciting competitor to watch. We can also proudly say of Sensei Neev that he's a hard working, very respectful and dedicated young man. He is an outstanding role model for his peers. We are so proud to have Sensei Neev as part of our dojo.
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Training: Isshinryu Karate, Martial Arts, Self Defense, Knife Defense, Sparring, Kumite, Weapons, Tuite, Pressure-Point Manipulation, Pain Compliance, Kyusho Jitsu, Exercise
Location: 801 S. Washington Ave, Piscataway, NJ