Mountain Martial Arts~West

248 Texas Road, Old Bridge Nj 08857

Mountain Martial Arts~East

785 Holmdel Road, Holmdel NJ 07733

About Mountain Martial Arts


When you visit our dojo, you will find it to be truly unique in style and spirit. The energy and enthusiasm of our classes and the beauty of our dojo will transform your idea of a martial arts experience.

We teach Goju Ryu Karate Do, an authentic fighting art which originated in Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is the birth place of Karate do. This style was developed by the famous Karate Master, Chojun Miyagi and has been passed down largely in it’s original form. The training you will receive at Mountain Martial Arts embodies the spirit and honor of those who have made karate a proud and strong tradition

Goju, meaning hard and soft, is a style of karate founded in the 1930’s by Chojun Miyagi. Originating from Okinawa, Goju Ryu Karate is one of the five major styles of Karate, and has remained one of the most traditional. One of the defining features of this style is its combination of soft style open handed techniques and circular blocks, melded together with a number of hard techniques which include punches and kicks. Another defining feature of this style is its inclusion of upper body wrestling, join locks, takedowns, sweeps, and throws. Influences from Chinese kung fu and other Okinawan martial arts are also present, adding to the unique nature of this Karate style. 

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 Begin your Karate Legacy as a Martial Artist

 Mini Ninjas Ages 3-5

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Karate Kids Ages  6-11

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The Only Thing Stopping you, is you.  Come join our TEEN or ADULT Classes.

Teen Classes Ages 12-16

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Adult Classes 16 and up

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Meet Our Instructors

Mark Kapel Sensei,  Kyoshi ~ 8th Dan

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Kapel Sensei, is the owner/teacher of Mountain Martial Arts, Est 1998. He started training in Goju Ryu late in 1981 in The House Of Karate on Staten Island. The style taught there was Shinto Goju Ryu. Shihan Chris DeBaise developed the style which was a blend of Urban Goju and Goju Kai. The owner of that dojo was George Smith (Sensei Smitty) and the Chief instructor during the 90’s was Glenn Cunningham Sensei. However, during the 1990’s our training shifted toward Okinawa Goju Ryu and in 1998 we traveled to Okinawa to train with Eiichi Miyazato Sensei in his Jundokan dojo.

In 1998 Kapel Sensei opened Mountain Martial Arts in Monroe Twp, NJ and has been training and teaching Okinawa Goju Ryu everyday since then.

We are honored to be an Official representative (Shibu-Dojo) and student of Masaji Taira~Hanshi~9thDan, Chairman of The Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyu Kai. In addition to being a teacher, Kapel Sensei has also taught, organized and hosted many tournaments and seminars with some of the most talented Goju Ryu practitioners anywhere.

Kapel Sensei regularly teaches classes and seminars specializing in kata/bunkai and is available to travel to your dojo to teach.

General Manager Bill Lester 

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Senpai Billy Lester  

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 Ashok Pawar Sensei, Rokudan ~ 6th Dan

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Senpai John Bruno 

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