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Instructor Biographies
 
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<-Rabouin(9th Dan ASDKA) and Robert Trotta Shihan(7th Dan ASDKA) at 2007 Dojo in Souderton PA
<-Rabouin(9th Dan ASDKA) and Robert Trotta Shihan(7th Dan ASDKA) at 2007 Dojo in Souderton PA
Louis Rabouin founded Shuto Karate Club in 1959 in Philadelphia.
Trotta receiving Shihan certificate 2010 from Larry Flournoy ( 8th Dan ASKDA)->
With over 40 years experience, Robert Trotta began his Martial Arts training in 1972 under the tutelage of Korean master Young IL Kong. After three months he left Mr. Kong to start his journey with Lawrence L. Flournoy in the arts of Mun Moo Kwan and Shotokan Karate. During his ten years with Flournoy, Sensei, he also studied Aikido in Philadelphia with Shuji Maruyama, Sensei. Trotta, Sensei's teaching experience began WHILE instructing Karate at the local YMCA in 1976. In 1981 he opened his first martial arts school in Phoenixville Pennsylvania and taught Karate and Aikido. Recruited to an executive protection school to teach empty hand combat skills, he naturally became fascinated with hand guns. At the beginning of 1991 he turned over the operations of his school to his senior student in order to take on a full time position as an executive protection agent and became proficient in tactical shooting skills. In that capacity he trained with and instructed members of the NYPD Tactical Unit, corporate security personnel, Navy Seals, US Secret Service and other government agencies. In 1994 he was recruited to Henry Kissingers Protection Team and 2002 hired by Blackwater Security. Both jobs were declined by Mr. Trotta in order to pursue other endeavors. Returning to Pennsylvania in 2005 and receiving a 7th Degree Black Belt in Karate, Trotta, Sensei currently owns and operates a chapter of the Shuto Karate Club in Hatfield, PA. Trotta Sensei is currently teaching Karate, self defense, and tactical combat shooting.
Trotta receiving Shihan certificate 2010 from Larry Flournoy ( 8th Dan ASKDA)->
Michael Lapriziosa (3rd Dan ASDKA, 2nd Dan  JKA)
Michael Lapriziosa (3rd Dan ASDKA, 2nd Dan JKA)
Michael Lapreziosa holds a a teachers certificate and a 3rd degree black belt in American Self Defense Karate, a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan karate and a brown belt in aikido, and has over 15 years of martial arts experience. He rose to karate brown belt under Okazaki Teruyuki shihan at the headquarters of the International Shotokan Karate Federation in West Philadelphia, and later trained with John McClary sensei at the Shu Ha Ri karate club in Philadelphia, then with the Traditional Karate Federation under Ozawa Osamu shihan. Under Mr. McClary he achieved his 1st degree black belt rank. He trained for three years in Japan, the first year practicing the Wado style in Yokohama city, where he achieved a brown belt rank. He then returned to Shotokan karate and trained under Mori Akio sensei in Kawasaki city, eventually testing successfully in Tokyo for both 1st and 2nd degree black belt, awarded by Nishitani Ken Shihan (8th degree black belt) of the "Shotokan Ryu Karate-do Kyoshinkai" under the umbrella organization called the All-Japan Karate Federation (Zen Nihon Karate-do Renmei). When he returned to the U.S., he turned to the study of aikido under David Goldberg sensei of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU), where he achieved a brown belt. In 2009 he returned to the study of both shotokan karate and aikido under the teaching of Robert Trotta Shihan at the Shuto Karate Club.
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