The Institute of Okinawan Karate Do is one of the oldest karate dojos in Massachusetts. Our school’s doors have been open since 1962, and overseen through the years primarily by Master Instructor Mr. Jack V. Summers. IOK’s black belt ranks comprise a large group of local karateka, including many master instructors of Mr. Summer’s personal tutelage. Our group is very fortunate to have such depth of knowledge and dedication to the fighting arts readily available to even a beginner level student on his or her first day of classes.
Mr. Jack V. Summers (November 5, 1926 – June 18, 2014), Hanshi 10 Dan.
Largely due to Mr. Summers’ lifetime commitment to the martial arts, and his International recognition as a premier personal trainer, IOK holds affiliation with several of the highest quality traditional Shohei – Uechi Ryu dojos in the world. Included on that list are several excellent local dojos. IOK’s senior instructors offer their students some of the best karate there is to find.
Below is a list of the instructors currently holding class at IOK:
Mr. Russell Centamore, Kyoshi 7 Dan. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Bill Giovannucci, Kyoshi 7 Dan. email@example.com
Mr. Gary Goodman, Kyoshi 7 Dan. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Mike DeGiso, Kyoshi 7 Dan.
Mr. John Perrone, Kyoshi 7 Dan. email@example.com
Mr. Chris Swan, Shidoin 4 Dan.
Below is a list of senior IOK members:
Mr. Bruce White, Kyoshi 7 Dan.
Mr. Robert Mario, Kyoshi 8 Dan.
Mrs. Suzie Melchionda, Renshi 6 Dan.
Mr. Frank McLaughlin, Renshi 6 Dan.
Mr. Mark Affsa, 3 Dan. (Relocated Member)
Private Lessons, SAN DIEGO – Ranch Bernando, CA Phone: (858) 367-0034 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Richard Owens, Shidoin 4 Dan.
IN MEMORIAL TO A GREAT FAMILY MAN AND PRACTITIONER WE HAVE LOST. YOUR INSPIRATION AS A FIGHTER HAS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE A TRUE WARRIOR LESSON THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO TEACH AT IOK. THE DOJO FAMILY WILL MISS YOU BROTHER.
IN MEMORIAL TO JACKIE DOWD’S COMMITMENT TO TEACHING KARATE IN HIS “OLD SCHOOL” STYLE. JACKIE AT 8TH DAN WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RANKING OKIKUKAI MEMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES. HE RELENTLESSLY DONATED HIS TIME AND EXPERIENCE TO THE STUDENTS OF IOK AND MANY OTHER US DOJO, TEACHING FOR CLOSE TO 40 YEARS.
JACKIE LEFT US AND IOK’S FLOOR QUIETLY IN SEPTEMBER OF 2017.