Samuel Diaz Jr, sandan (3rd degree black belt), began his training in 1987 after his completion of United States Military Service. Mr. Diaz has a vast knowledge in hand to hand combat in addition to his in-depth understanding of the application of Shotokan Karate in realistic, self-defense situations.
Samuel Diaz III, nidan (2nd degree black belt), began his training in 1987 at the tender age of 2 yrs old. Samuel showed an early passion for the art of Shotokan that has since fueled his progress and success at some of the most elite levels of martial arts competition. Samuel has a great understanding of various facets of the martial arts and specializes in Kumite and Kata practice. Samuel has garnered numerous awards and championships at some of the most prestigious martial arts events on the East Coast. Samuel has also competed in the historic Nisei Week Traditional Shotokan competition where he placed 3rd in team competition as a representative of the East Coast and 2nd in individual competition. Samuel garnered a Hall of Fame Induction as Competitor of the Year for 2012 after winning his 4th championship at the World Martial Arts Games held in Bregenz, Austria.