About The Dojo
Located at 196 North Belle Mead Road in East Setauket, Island Budokan Karate is one of Long Island's premier martial arts facilities. Our dojo is a friendly, community-oriented environment, where people of all ages and abilities can train safely and comfortably.
If you have an interest in martial arts, you are always welcome here!
About Sensei Daniel Hayes
Sensei Dan is the owner and lead instructor of Island Budokan Karate. He has over 40 years of experience practicing and teaching karate, and has dedicated his life to expanding the reach of traditional karate and its core values.
Sensei believes that the practice of karate provides its students with a path to self-discovery and immense personal development... and he hopes the Island Budokan Dojo can be a source of solace and stability for students of all ages.
FUN FACT: Sensei Dan was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team for koshiki!
What We Offer
We offer a wide range of classes for all ages, levels, and abilities, including: Karate Jutsu / Do; Bukiho; Judo; Kendo / jutsu; Self-Defense
At Island Budokan Karate, we practice a specific form of karate called Shorinjiryu Kenyukai, which focuses on the spiritual development of individuality in mind and body (or, in Japanese, "doku ji gyo seki"). This concept of personal development lies at the heart of every class we teach and every interaction students have with the dojo.
When you join Island Budokan Karate, you not only become a steward of the Shorinjirui Kenyukai tradition, but you also become a steward of your own personal development and growth.
History of Martial Arts
The history of martial arts in the United States can be traced back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when various Asian martial arts styles were introduced to the country. One of the first martial arts to gain popularity in the United States was judo, which was brought over by Japanese immigrants in the late 1800s. Judo was later popularized in the United States by Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese judoka who traveled to the country and taught the art to students and law enforcement officers.