Joel Heller, nidan (2nd degree black belt), is our dojo leader. He teaches and assists with 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. Yodan Dave Gabai lead practices several times per year at the Philadelphia dojo. There are special weekend practices available with high level seniors at other East Coast SKA dojos, and intensive SKA special trainings on the East Coast twice per year.