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Instructors

Sensei Ray
Godan
Fifth-Degree Black Belt
 
Sensei Ray serves as Head Instructor of the Thursday Night PAL class in Massapequa, Co-Head Instructor of the Levittown PAL classes, and as the Shotokan Program Director for the Massapequa, Levittown and Five-Towns units.
 
Sensei Ray, Godan (5th Degree Black Belt), began his Shotokan Karate training with Sensei Evelyn when he was 9 years old and has been studying for 34 years. During that time he has trained with many instructors.  He received his black belt at the age of 18 and has been teaching in Massapequa ever since.
Sensei Ray has graduated five black belts in the 25 years he has been teaching: Justin Hunt, Adam Krudo, Joe Posner, Andrea James, and Andrew Fisher.
 
He received an Executive Proclamation on May 12th, 2000 from Nassau County Executive, along with Senseis Evelyn and Chris Cizin, for service to the Nassau County PAL and the community. 
 
He believes that as martial artists, we are responsible for perpetually training our bodies and our minds to develop the warrior spirit, exceptional character, and leadership skills. Sensei Ray believes that kata is the foundation of our art and that its exploration and interpretation leads us to proficiency in all aspects of the discipline.  He encourages his students to read and investigate as much as possible the philosophies, histories and traditions upon which Shotokan Karate is built.
 
Sensei Ray’s Shotokan training background includes Nassau County PAL, the American Karate Council, and the Tozai school.  He has also studied Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu at Chan Tai San’s school.
 
 
 

Sensei Joel
Sandan
Third-Degree Black Belt
 
Sensei Joel serves as Head Instructor of the Friday Night PAL class in Massapequa.
 
Sensei Joel, Nidan (2nd Degree) started in the PAL program when he was 12 and studied under Sensei Dan J. until 1990. He returned in 2002 and trained under Sensei Dan J., Joe and Ray. Sensei Joel received his Shodan (Blackbelt) in January of 2009.  He currently holds the rank of Nidan and serves as Head Instructor of the Friday Night PAL class in Massapequa.
 
Sensei Joel also had previously taught for several years alongside Sensei Dan, Joe & Ray across the PAL classes and as Head Instructor of the former PAL Teen Class at East Lake Elementary. Sensei Joel is involved in the organization of special events & recruitment and in the development of the web and Facebook sites.
 
Sensei Joel received his bachelor in business degree from Binghamton University and his MBA from New York University and currently works in the financial industry in Manhattan.


Sensei Joe
Yondan
Fourth-Degree Black Belt
 
Sensei Joe serves as Head Instructor of the Monday Night PAL class in Massapequa.
 
Sensei Joe, Yondan (4th degree) started training in 1995 under Sensei Ray R. and has been a Massapequa PAL Karate Instructor since 2000. He also taught Karate for Boston University from 1997-1998, where he served as the Secretary for the BU Karate Club and later elected to serve as President.
 
Sensei Joe earned numerous medals while competing in NECKC Tournaments and was asked to perform Karate demonstrations and self-defense seminars during his time there. After college Sensei Joe lived abroad in Japan for 6 months.

Outside of Shotokan, Sensei Joe has trained in Judo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Okinawan Kempo, Nido Ichi Shito Ryu and Krav Maga as well.

Sensei Joe holds an MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and works as the Director of Human Resources for New Visions for Public Schools, a non-profit in NYC. He also performs Human Resources consulting on a limited basis in his spare time.

Sensei Joe has supported a number of non-profits over the years, including having served on the Executive Committee of United Way of NYC's Young Leaders Council and on the Junior Advisory Board for Inwood House.


Sensei Evelyn
Shichidan
Seventh-Degree Black Belt
 
Sensei Evelyn serves as Head Instructor of the Wednesday Night PAL class in Massapequa.