Joel Heller, nidan (2nd degree black belt), is our dojo leader. He teaches class regularly. He has practiced Ohshima Shotokan Karate since 1975, beginning with Godan Marion Taylor at Hampshire College. Joel was ranked directly by Ohshima Sensei.
Oded Schor, nidan (2nd degree black belt), leads practices and assists with practices regularly. Oded practiced with Israel Shotokan and started in 1977. He is formidable in kumite (sparring).
High level SKA black belts who visit from time to time are encouraged to lead practices. Godan Dom Pizoli and Yodan Dave Gabai each lead practice several times per year at the Philadelphia dojo. There are also special weekend practices available with high level seniors at both the local dojo and at other East Coast SKA dojos.