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Our Students


Men, women, and children, as young as seven, who wish to benefit from traditional karate training, may visit us anytime. Visitors and observers are welcome. Please feel free to drop by as often as you like and talk to any of our students and or instructors. Take off your shoes and join in a class! We will work one-on-one with new students until they are able to follow along with the class.

About GSKC


The Glenside Shotokan Karate Club, located in Glenside, PA is a traditional Japanese karate school. Our sensei is Joseph Faracchio, 7th Dan. We are members of the International Shotokan Karate Federation, one of the largest karate organizations in the world.

Our Instructors


Joe Faracchio

Sensei Joe Faracchio is the leader of our dojo. He is 7th Dan (7th degree black belt), a certified A Instructor, A tournament judge, and B Examiner. He has been training in Shotokan Karate since 1973 when he began with T. Okazaki Sensei, Ron Johnson Sensei, and Gerald Evans Sensei.

Jim Gory

Jim Gory is a 5th degree black belt and has been training in Shotokan karate since 1970 and teaching since 1973. Jim is one of Okazaki Sensei’s longest training students and one of his original instructors, now instructing primarily advanced classes.

Bob Darnell

Bob Darnell is a 4th degree black belt who teaches weekly classes for kids and adults. He is a certified instructor, examiner and tournament judge. Bob has been training in various styles of karate since he was 14 years old. He joined the ISKF in January of 2007.

Meena Nandlal

Meena Nandlal runs our children’s classes and also teaches adult classes. She is a 4th degree black belt and has been training 35 years! She is also in the ISKF Instructor Training program. Meena started karate to learn self defense, and still loves kumite (sparring) most.

Lucinda Duncalfe

Lucinda Duncalfe has a 2nd degree black belt, and has been training on and off since 1986. She teaches both adult and kids classes. Lucinda has a traditional karate philosophy and is focusing more on the spiritual aspects of the art though she still enjoys sparring most.

About Our Dojo


Glenside Shotokan Karate Club was established in 1983 under the auspices of Master Okazaki himself. The club is now under Chief Instrutor, Joe Faracchio (7th Dan). Sensei Faracchio is a certified instructor, examiner and judge in the ISKF Training for over forty years, Sensei Faracchio is highly regarded in the organization.

Our instructors have all trained directly under Master Teruyuki Okazaki and Sensei Faracchio. On average, our instructors have over 25 years of martial arts experience and are dedicated to sharing the art with you. Instructors volunteer their time teaching and managing the Club.

We are located in downtown Glenside, near the corner of Glenside Avenue at Easton Road. There is ample free parking in the SEPTA lot across the street (entrance on Glenside Avenue).

Our club has a beautiful wood floor and high ceilings. There is a seating area for parents and visitors to watch the class. There are men’s and women’s changing areas and bathrooms. Unfortunately, we do not have showers.

The dojo is open only during class times, typically opening about half an hour before class and staying open afterwards for individual practice.

About Our Dojo

GSKC Organization Chart


Shichidan

Joe Faracchio

Godan

Frank Garber

Jim Gory

Anthony Cuffie

Yandan

Frank Sessa

Bob Darnell

Meena Nandlal

Sandan

Ahren Green

Stan Kemp

David Blatstein

Bob Zielinski

Joe Dennin

Nidan

Lindsay Berardino

Lucinda Duncalfe

Nick Perry

Daniel Fleishman

George Akopov

Monique Lamontagne

Shodan

Keith Kreitz

Nathaniel Mooney

Chris Thomas

Barry Wilkins

Dan Pettinati

Dennis Yanishevskiy

Jack Darnell

Jordan Wilson

Dojo Rules


1. Be punctual to all scheduled training sessions. You must notify the instructor as soon as possible if you will be more than 15 minutes late, or you won't be admitted into training.

2. Obtain the instructors permission before training begins if you must leave early.

3. Karate-ka must wear a traditional white karate gi to all training sessions. Temporary members may wear comfortable clothing.

4. Karate-gi must be kept clean and in good repair.

5. Upon arrival at the Dojo change quickly and be ready for training.

6. Do not stand around idly talking in the Dojo, especially when in Karate-gi.

7. Karate-ka must keep their bodies clean, and finger and toe nails trimmed.

8. Do not wear eye glasses, jewelry or other sharp objects while training.

9. Do not chew gum or food while training.

10. Follow the instructions of your karate seniors (sempai) as well as the instructor.

11. Practice only those techniques that have been formally presented by the instructor.

12. Always seek to practice with higher ranking karate-ka.

13. Remain quiet and attentive when not training.

14. Karate-ka must always be courteous and helpful to each other.

15. Help to clean the Dojo floor before each training.

16. Know when and how to perform the appropriate standing or sitting bow.

17. Be serious and attentive to the spirit of Karate. Emphasize etiquette equally along with physical skills and fighting spirit.

18. Learn the Dojo Kun's meaning and purpose and be able to say it in Japanese.

19. Karate-ka not training should stand when classes begin and end.