Sensei Ismael Aguilar, Jr.
Ismael Aguilar, Jr. started his formal martial arts training in the early 80’s with Sensei Arron M. Frazier (deceased), who was an instructor in Shotokan Karate-do, Tae Kwon do and Kung-fu. He attained a black belt from Sensei Frazier in 1988. He also has trained under Tae Kwon do Grandmaster Henry S. Cho and Saiko Shihan Shigeru Oyama when he was part of the Kyokushinkai in the mid 80s. Throughout his martial arts career he has trained with a number of other martial artists from various arts such as kobudo, jujitsu and Korean karate. In the summer of 2002 he obtained a masters degree in Education from Brooklyn College (CUNY).
He started training in Motobu-Ha Shito Ryu in 1997 under Sensei Julio Ramirez and was awarded a black belt in 2004. He has mainly been concentrating on instructing in the art of Shito Ryu and street-wise self-defense as well as popular sports karate.
In 2005 in response to a growing need to expose traditional karate to underprivileged youth and adults he founded the Japan Martial Arts Association of New York a non-for-profit that would also help gather funds to develop a community center for the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn, New York. Beside Shito Ryu Mr. Aguilar is pursing training in the areas of in Okinawan Karate & Kobudo, Kempo, Kyosho and Jeet Kune Do.
He is a current member of the International Seishinkai Karate Union and Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.
Mr. Aguilar has been involved with martial arts for a total of 20 years.