The Dojo Cho (Head Instructor) of NYC Budo is Matthew Ubertini who began his study of Japanese Jujutsu and self defense in 1987, Iaido in 1999 and Kendo in 2002. Ubertini sensei is one of the few licensed budoka teaching authentic traditional and koryu Japanese martial arts on Long Island and NYC.
Ubertini sensei studies and teaches Nihon Aikijujutsu through the lineage of Hakko Ryu and aiki elements influenced through Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. We also explore the study of Shiatsu massage based on Koho Shiatsu Igaku. He also studies Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do through the Jundokan lineage of Nakamoto Kiichi, Hanshi of the Okinawakan Goju Ryu Kyokai on Okinawa.
NYC Budo is also member dojo of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai/Jikishinkai Int'l (KNBK) teaching Seito Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho and koryu kenjutsu under the 22nd generation So-Shihan Carl Long, Hanshi and Erik Johnstone, sensei from the Shindokan Dojo in Stonington, CT. Mr. Ubertini is also a Kendo instructor at Enshinkan Dojo located in Astoria, NY.
Ubertini sensei has earned a Shihan-Dai Menkyo in Seito Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho, a Shihan Menkyo in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do, as well as a Menkyo Kaiden Shihan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu (a branch of Hakko Ryu Jujutsu). He has also earned teaching level Dan grades in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate, AUSKF Kendo and Goshinjutsu. He has also extensively studied and trained in other traditional and modern martial arts such as Military and Law Enforcement tactics, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, Ono-Ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu, Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Shotokan.
Mr. Ubertini's mission and objective is to properly disseminate the spirit and techniques of traditional Japanese budo and applied self defense that is rare to find in our area.
Morgan Hooper, (Dojo-Cho, Enshinkan Kendo)
Morgan Hooper Sensei began practicing Kendo in 1999 under Moses Becerra Sensei, head instructor of Tokubukan Dojo in Miami, Florida. In 2002, he competed in the All United States Kendo Federation's (AUSKF) national tournament competition and placed top eight in the country. Originally from Long Island, Hooper sensei is now teaching Kendo in Astoria, Queens and established the Enshinkan Dojo under the All Eastern US Kendo Federation (AEUSKF) in 2013.
Hooper sensei is dedicated to passing on the knowledge and spirit of Kendo, the art of Japanese Swordsmanship. Mr. Hooper is also studying the koryu art of the Masaoka Ha Seito Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho under the KNBK.
Sandra Smith, (Dojo-Cho of Shindokan Budo Long Island)
Sandra Smith, Sensei began her study of martial arts in 1991 in Albuquerque, New Mexico training in Kajukenbo. After training in various styles for several years while located in different parts of the U.S. she received the rank of Godan (5th dan black belt) and Menkyo Shihan within the Dentokan directly from Roy Jerry Hobbs, Hanshi.
Smith Sensei is currently a direct student of Erik Johnstone and Matthew Ubertini sensei, training in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho which is also offered at her award winning school in Greenlawn, NY. She is also an experienced Taichi Chuan practitioner having begun her study in 2005.
Smith Sensei is a member of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation, Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors, and JuJitsu America. She is also an active member and participant of the Self Defense Instructors Certification program through NWMAF and teaches self defense classes for college, university and private organization groups.
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