“True karate is this: that in daily life one’s mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times,
one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice.” – Gichin Funakoshi

Sensei Luis A. Taboada, 5th Degree Black Belt

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 Thailand.

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.



Sensei's Philosophy

Sensei Taboada has been teaching traditional Shotokan Karate for over 30 years. His teaching embraces the idea that each student is unique, with individual goals and needs. His teaching methodology also emphasizes that Karate is not just a means of self-defense, but a way of life. He teaches this through mental and physical training with an emphasis on attitude and respect.


Garden State Tournament - 2007

AAU - 2009

AAU 2007

Sensei with Sensei Fumio Demura



LT's Shotokan Karate
Telephone: (201) 264-5619
Sensei Luis A. Taboada
5th Degree Black Belt
Email: ltshotokan@optonline.net

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