Michael Lapreziosa holds a teacher’s certificate and a 3rd degree black belt in American Self Defense Karate, and has been training with Shuto Karate Club under Master Robert Trotta since 2009. In July 2017, Master Trotta’s club moved from Hatfield to its present location in Sellersville, and in April 2018 Mr. Lapreziosa assumed ownership of the Sellersville club. (Mr. Trotta currently runs a Shuto Karate Club dojo in Kutztown.)
Mr. Lapreziosa appreciates the value of karate as a subject of lifelong study, and indeed as a “way of life,” to use the words of Gichin Funakoshi. He strongly believes in karate’s value as a means to increase one’s mental focus, self-confidence and courage, develop one’s physical capabilities and resilience, and to keep one youthful and vigorous at any age. He treasures each of his students as individuals with unique viewpoints, abilities, potential, and training needs.
Mr. Lapreziosa practiced karate in Philadelphia from the mid-1980s to early 1990s at Master Okazaki’s ISKF headquarters dojo in West Philadelphia, and then with Masters John McClary and John Daniel at Shu-Ha-Ri Institute in Germantown.
During the 1990s, he trained for three years in Japan in both the Wado-Ryu and Shotokan styles, eventually achieving the rank of 2nd degree black belt in the Shotokan style in the All-Japan Karate Federation (Zen Nihon Karate-do Renmei).
During the late 1990s, he practiced aikido in the ASU (Aikido Schools of Ueshiba) for three years, attaining the rank of brown belt. He returned to karate in 2009 when he began studying under Master Trotta.
Mr. Lapreziosa has visited Japan many times and is intimately acquainted with its culture. His familiarity with the Japanese language and mentality enhances his ability to convey the principles and techniques of karate to his students.