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Romel Philizaire

Romel Philizaire, Sensei, is the holder of a fourth degree black belt in Okinawa Shorin Ryu Shorinkan karate-do and and a shodan in kobudo, ancient weapons. In 1982, his life in Karate-do was forever changed when he joined the U.S. Marines.  His first tour of duty was Okinawa, Japan.  Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate-do, therefore it presented the opportunity to train under the recognized karate-do Grandmaster (Hanshi), Shugoro Nakazato, 10th degree black belt.  Nakazato sensei's karate lineage is impeccable; it can be traced directly back to one of the recognized founders of karate.  Every teacher in his lineage is a well-recognized grandmaster in the karate world.

After his discharge from the Marine Corps, he resumed and completed his college education earning a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Pace University in NY, NY.  After starting his professional career, he returned to training in Karate-do. He trained in other styles of karate, but he was never satisfied.  In 1999 he started training regularly in Seido Karate-do, a derivative of Kyokushinkai karate-do, until 2002. 

In November 2001, he discovered the Kobayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate Dojo in Long Island, NY.  and resumed his training in Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Karate-do.  In April of 2002, he ended his relationship with Seido and devoted his training to Shorin-ryu Shorinkan under the supervision Robert Rowley, Kyoshi. Subsequently, he has made a number of trips to Okinawa to train with his grandmaster and further his knowledge of Okinawan karate-do and kobudo.  He believes learning and training in karate-do is a life-long process, always striving to improve his knowledge and skills.

He is also a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in Human Performance.