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About Sensei Judy

My name is Judy Barnhart. I have been on the path of Shorin-Ryu Karate USA under the direction of Grand Master Ansei Usehiro since 1975. I was promoted to 6th degree, black belt by Ansei Ueshiro in the year 2000. I am the owner of a karate school on Merritt Island and I also own the karate museum next door. My life "work"/passion has been teaching the art that changes lives. Anyone can do Shorin-Ryu, it just takes a willingness to learn. I was born on Long Island, New York. I attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the 70's and majored in Dance Therapy.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

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This is our newest student. She has a lot of potential. In Shorin-Ryu Karate the average time to black belt is 3 to 4 years. We hope she stays the focus. So far so good! If you want to begin on a journey that will give you skills for life call Judy: 321-459-3000. We are […]

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Routine is a sign of Ambition!

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2018 is a very good year for Shorin-Ryu Karate located on 1755 S. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island. Happy to say: Welcome home, Shawn Jesseman. Shawn had been gone for 4 years and returned last week. It is as if he never left. So great to have you back, Shawn. Shawn is best known for being […]

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Black belt paragraph

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The following paragraph, short and to the point, was Written by Mason Swindel, who is  now age 17 and on his way to college soon. He has been with us for nearly eight years and was just promoted to Ni-Dan (2nd degree) Black belt, Shorin-Ryu Karate USA. These are his words in a paper submitted for […]

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How much does karate cost?

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Before you invest in a karate program, look at your budget and ask yourself: “Do I have the time and do I have the money”?  $150 is the cost for three months or we offer a month by month membership of $75 or a yearly membership of 500. No contracts! We are “old school”. We […]

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Karate for Kid’s November 2017

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Our next 6 week Kid’s Karate starts soon. Ages 6 thru 8. This is a great age to begin Karate or at least see if it is a match. We have fun while learning respect, better posture, self confidence, accountability and of course a little self defense! The style is Shorin-Ryu Karate USA. We are […]

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Kid’s Yoga on our karate deck!

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Last week during our Kid’s Karate, Yoga instructor Shane Scaglione gave the kid’s karate a chance to experience Yoga. The children pictured here are age 6,7,8 and one 10 year old! They followed along step by step and seemed to be right in the moment. Shane teaches a style called Ashtanga Yoga in the Bay […]

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Kid’s Karate an introduction

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Karate for Kid’s. Introduction to karate. Six weeks, T&Th, 5:30PM, one hour classes taught by Sensei Judy. Come in and register now. We start next week! Total 12 classes. Children learn basic self-defense techniques and experience punching, blocking and kicking: but more importantly your child will learn boundaries and respect. We are located 2 1/2 […]

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10 am MORNING CLASS

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Adult morning classes Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 AM. This is a small group and lends itself to personalized instruction. In addition to warm ups and cool downs and repetition of basics and forms. We use punching pads to improve fighting skills. Mirror work and attention to detail is encouraged. We also take the time for […]

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Kid’s Karate starting soon.

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We need six to start. We have three interested. 3 more and we will take registration for our September program. This program is great for 6 and 7 year olds. Register now:1755 South Tropical Trail, Merritt Island two and 1/2 miles South of SR520 call Judy 321-459-300  Kids Karate Starts SOON! Total twelve one hour classes with Sensei […]

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Kid’s karate….more respect please!

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Our Karate Classes enhance your child’s experience of appreciation, respect, understanding of boundaries, basic karate skills, better posture and what is truly amazing: karate even helps kids get organized and this boosts confidence! Who would think that a centuries old martial art would help in all areas of life, not just self defense. Often times […]

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