Sensei Luis A. Taboada began his training in Shotokan Karate in 1970 at Lima, Peru under the instruction of Sensei Wayo Salas, the Pan American World Champion at the time and achieved his Black Belt in five years.
Sensei Taboada continued training in the martial art of Shotokan for 9 years
throughout Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, and
He received his 2nd and 3rd degree Black Belts in the Philippines under the
direction of Sensei Kunio Sasaki, himself a 7th Degree Black Belt. He received his 4th Degree Black Belt in New York City under the tutelage of Sensei Masataka Mori, himself an 8th Degree Black Belt.
Sensei Taboada has a direct lineage in the traditional Shotokan style. He and
his teachers have all studied under Masters Masatoshi Makayama and Hidetaka
Nishiyama, both students of Gichin Funakoshi (founder of Shotokan Karate) and
both considered pioneers of Japanese Traditional Karate.
Sensei Taboada has participated and won top placements in numerous
national and international competitions. He owns and operates LT’s
Shotokan Karate, in operation since 1993, and with locations in Ringwood and Clifton, NJ.