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.
Shodan (1st Degree Black-Belt) - Sensei Monteleone commenced her Isshinryu training under the late Grand Master Ernie Temple. She has opted to continue her training with TMA. She is an excellent and diligent martial artist, and we are proud to have her as part of our dojo.
Shodan (1st Degree Black-Belt) - Sensei Parwani commenced his Isshinryu training under Master Thaxton and Master Hosford in 2009. We have watched Samir develop into a disciplined martial artist and extraordinary young man. Sensei Parwani maintains a 90+ GPA scholastic average and in middle school was a member of the National Junior Honor Society, soccer team, and news paper club. He exemplifies hard work, faithfulness and a gentle spirit. He is an amazing role model for his peers. We are proud to have Sensei Parwani as part of our dojo.
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 has worked with thousands of students over the years enthusiastically teaching the art of Karate and self-defense.
Ichi Kyu (1st Brown Degree Brown-Belt) - Master Arroyo has formal training in the area of Goju-ryu. He also brings formal training in the arts of Boxing/Kick boxing, Tae kwon do, Kenpo, Ju-jitsu, Southern Kung Fu, and Arnis. Master Arroyo commenced training in Isshinryu under Master Thaxton in the Piscataway area Thaxton Martial Arts dojo in 2014, and currently has earned a 1st degree brown belt in Isshinryu. We are proud to have Master Arroyo 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.
Yo Dan (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.
Training: Isshinryu Karate, Martial Arts, Self Defense, Knife Defense, Sparring, Kumite, Weapons, Tuite, Pressure-Point Manipulation, Pain Compliance, Kyusho Jitsu, Exercise
Shodan (1st Degree Black-Belt) - Sensei Kush is a black-belt who commenced his Isshinryu training together with his mother, Sensei Kamini Patel, at Thaxton Martial Arts in 2009. He is an honor student, fierce tournament competitor, and most importantly a hard working, faithful, and kind-hearted young man. He is an outstanding role model for her peers. We are so proud to have Sensei Kush as part of our dojo.
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