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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.

He received his Yondan (4th degree) in 2014 and began his training in 1995 while still in High School under Sensei Ray Rodrigues. He has been supporting the Massapequa PAL Karate program as an Instructor ever since he received his black belt in 2000. Over the years he has also benefited from studying under PAL Karate Instructor and Judo black belt, Sensei Dan Jackson.

Sensei Joe also trained under Master Kazumi Tabata at Boston University from 1997-1998. Master Tabata introduced Karate to the New England area in the 1960s and was captain of the US Karate team for nearly 20 years.  Prior to that Master Tabata was captain of the legendary Waseda Karate team in Japan where he was a senior student under Master Isao Obata along with other notable Karateka like Oshima, and Nishiyama. Obata, along with Nakayama and Egami, were senior students under Master Funakoshi and had co-founded the JKA in 1949.

Sensei Joe served as an Officer of the BU Karate team, first as Secretary and was then later elected to serve as President/Captain.  Sensei Joe earned numerous medals while competing in New England Collegiate Karate Conference (NECKC) Tournaments and was asked to perform Karate demonstrations and self-defense seminars on campus. He also taught an Introduction to Shotokan Karate course for Boston University.

Shortly after college Sensei Joe moved Japan where he worked as a ESL Teacher and continued his study of martial arts, the language and Japanese culture.  Over the years of following the martial path and in keeping with having a beginner’s mind, Sensei Joe has also trained in various other martial disciplines to continue to expand his knowledge and skill, including having trained under leading instructors in Judo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Okinawan Kempo, Nido Ichi Shito Ryu, and most recently in Doce Pares Escrima where he attained Level I Instructor certification in each knife and stick combatives from Guru Sonny Mayo of the Mayo Academy.

He is honored and proud to pass on his knowledge to supporting the development of the next generation of instructors and most notably his students of over a decade, Senseis Jonathan, Andrew and Anthony.

Sensei Joe holds an MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is the Managing Director of Human Resources for New Visions for Public Schools, a non-profit in NYC promoting equity and innovation in public education. He has dedicated the past 20 years of his career to public service working for social service and education organizations, while also supporting small businesses with Human Resources consulting on the side.  Sensei Joe has also volunteered for 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.

He resides in Brooklyn and spends as much of his free time as possible with his wife, son, and dog.


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