New: Shotokan Karate with Instructor Tom Pray
All Levels Welcome
Sensei Tom Pray believes Shotokan Karate is the perfect vehicle for personal physical development (either by itself or as part of other physical fitness programs) and as a means to relieve stress and increase one’s mental ability to focus.
All classes are designed to meet individual needs. Thirty years of teaching has enabled Tom to immediately recognize the challenges, hesitations, and limitations that some students carry as a part of their previous experiences with unsuccessful martial arts programs and organizations. Students already experienced and looking for a real work out will embrace the challenges, and those at a beginner’s level will quickly see that the individual attention bestowed on each student during the class builds confidence and allows them to develop at their own pace. The cross trainer will find similarities between other cross fit and strength training programs. All Yoga enthusiasts will most certainly see some familiar postures.
All classes are held in a supportive and respectful environment in which the philosophy is to succeed in meeting personal goals safely, with respect, and all efforts are honored.
Instructor Tom Pray
Tom Pray holds a 4th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, along with thirty years of training and teaching experience. Sensei Pray has trained with and been tested by some legendary instructors, including Teruyuki Okazaki, founder of the International Shotokan Karate Federation and Hirokazu Kanazawa, founder of the Shotokan Karate International Federation - the most renowned contemporary Shotokan instructors.
Sensei Pray developed and ran programs for the University of New Hampshire’s Karate Club, in which college students were able to test up to Black belt degrees. For the Kittery School District, he created a martial arts program that awarded students high school credit for successful participation. Sensei Pray also founded a recreation department martial arts program for the town of Eliot Maine, in which no students - regardless of experience or ability to pay - were excluded.