Karate Do / Stow Martial Arts Center
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The Dojo (Training Hall):
The Stow Martial Arts Center was opened in the Fall of 2001. The 2500 square foot facility has a 1200 square foot fully padded exercise floor with 50 feet of mirrors along two walls and 20 feet of wall mounted striking pads. In addition to the office, there are two changing rooms, and a large combination stretching, viewing and snack area. The dojo is air conditioned for year round comfort and there is plenty of parking.
About Sensei Pat
Sensei Saunders is a Black Belt instructor certified by International Uechi-Ryu Karate Federation (IUKF) and the American Council on the Martial Arts (ACMA). She has been teaching karate classes since 1998 and is also a NAPMA certified cardio karate instructor. Prior to the Stow Martial Arts Center was assistant instructor in Sensei Steve DiOrio's Westwood Program.
Sensei Saunders has studied Uechi-Ryu karate with a variety of teachers including George Mattson who is currently the highest ranking Uechi-Ryu black belt (9th degree) in the united states and the man who first introduced Uechi-Ryu to the United States. In addition to Uechi-Ryu, she has studied other forms of martial arts including Tae Kwon Do and is trained as a RAD instructor. Sensei Saunders trained as a scholarship gymnast while in college which has helped provide a foundation for her later training in karate.
In addition to teaching karate classes, Sensei Saunders is a trained competition official and has judged a variety of tournaments including the New England Open, the Montessori Open, the New England Junior Open, the Mass Challenge, and many others. Before her judging activities Sensei Saunders had a very successful career competing herself. She took home the first place trophy for Kyu Kumite in the New England Open two years running as well as securing a trophy for Kata competition.
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Karate Do Is ExcellentSensei Pat is amazing: kind, effective, compassionate, and tough (in a truly good way!). I have been a student here for nearly three years, and I love it. Anyone can do this! When I started, I was tired, overweight, uncoordinated, out of shape, and knew that joining another gym would not help me. Karate Do (pronounced 'dough') has made an unexpected athlete out of me. There is a warm sense of community here, and I get so much more than a workout. Come try a class!
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