Meet Sensei Bob Bolton

What We Are All About

Martial Arts in Lutz FL

I founded Tampa Family Martial Arts in February 2003 because I wanted to form a dojo that taught traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu karate. To those of you who may not know, there are many schools out there that teach what I call "hybrid" martial arts. By that I mean that the original style has been modified, adjusted, and tweaked to conform to various cultures and lifestyles. What you end up with is a shadow of what once was.

This dojo is affiliated with the IOGKF (International Okinawan Goju ryu Karate Federation). The hoshin of the organization is "to preserve Okinawan Goju Ryu karate as an intagible cultural treasure." We teach the art as it was passed down from one generation to the next, with a direct lineage to the founder of Goju Ryu, Chojun Miyagi. We do not alter....we do not compromise.

For those of you who are new to this and are considering training and study of the martial arts, remember to think about the investment of time and energy you are going to commit. It takes years. It is not a destination, but a journey. Make sure that, along with your commitment, the school you are about to join is not a "factory". Tampa Family Martial Arts is a small school. I personally have a full time career outside of this school, and I formed it because of my passion of the art, not to make money. I love teaching, but more than that, I love learning. I made a commitment to my students that I would continually improve my skills and abilities by attending regular seminars, or Gasshukus, to enhance my own skills and bring what I learn back to the dojo. I make this promise to anyone considering our school: you will receive some of the best training for traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu karate found anywhere. I personally take pride in watching my students develop and grow both as karateka and as individuals. I also have that desire to develop and grow myself, and I put that passion into every single class.

Sensei Bob Bolton, Yondan
I.O.G.K.F. Certified Fourth Degree Black Belt

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