Thank you for visiting our Dojo Website. We are a traditional karate school offering training in
the Japanese style Shotokan Karate. The quality of instruction that is provided is excellent. Our
school membership is not large, by design. We prefer students who are serious about learning and
studying traditional karate, rather than students who merely wish to 'do' karate as a sport or as a
pastime. Please check the 'Contact' page for training days and times.
Our instructors are friendly, approachable and enjoy training with our existing family of students
as well as prospective and new students.
Discipline and mutual respect is a foundation of Karate-do and is always required and maintained
during class to create and assure a safe training environment. If you live in Central Florida or are
visiting Orlando and are looking for a Dojo to train in while you are here, you are welcome to train
with us. Please bring your karate Gi to class or in the case of new students, just wear comfortable
Welcome to Black Tiger Shotokan Karate - Harakenkojuku Florida Martial Arts Dojo
Black Tiger Shotokan Karate- Harakenkojuku Florida
Traditional Martial Arts Dojo
Peter Spence, Head Instructor, over 36 years experience in Shotokan
karate and holds the rank of Rokudan. Sensei was a student of
Masakazu Takahashi Shihan, Takahashi Dojo, Amityville, NY and
Minoru Horie, Horie Karate Dojo, Hartsdale, NY. Spence Sensei is
also Shodan in Shorin Ryu Karate
Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging
waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way,
meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just
follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you. Sheng-yen
These are images of our W. Orlando Dojo. Situated at the Shindai AIkikai Budokan Dojo, it is a
very traditional Dojo where several styles are taught by instructors highly proficient at their styles,
including: Aikido, Judo, Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Kendo, Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu, Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu,
Toyama Ryu Iaido and of course our Shotokan. Our Dojo uses the wooden floor area along with
Kendo and Eishen Ryu and Iaido and the padded surface is used by the other Styles who's
techniques require repeated contact with the mat. Both are excellent surfaces.
Black Tiger Shotokan Karate was formed in 2006 by Peter Spence Sensei. Harakenkojuku Florida
Marrtial Arts Dojo was founded In January 2010 by J. Edwin Perez Sensei. Both share the
Kenkojuku lineage. In June, 2013, after many years of working together, both schools joined
together to form Black Tiger Shotokan Karate- Harakenkojuku Florida Traditional Martial Arts
J. Edwin Perez, Senior Instructor, over 25 years experience in Shotokan
karate and holds the rank of Sandan. Sensei was a student of Herb Wiles
Shihan, Harakenkojuku Dojo, Queens, NY. Perez Sensei is also Nidan
Marianne Drusano - Yondan. Over 20 years experience in Shotokan
karate. She studied under under Linda Podrazik Sensei at Fudoshin
Karate School in Latham, NY. She achieved her rank from that school.
Stefano Geminiani - Nidan. Mr. Geminiani joined us from Milan, Italy
and has over 25 years experience in Shotokan Karate. He trained under
Guiseppe Mascani Senseoi, at "Centro Karate Shotokan Rutigliano G."
He was awarded Shodan in 1998.
Giovanni Vianello - Nidan. Mr. Vianello began his study of Shotokan
Karate at Azato Karate Club, Lido, Venice, Italy and has over 30 years
experience in Shotokan karate experience. His instructor was Daniele
William Bohan - Nidan - Dnzan Ryu Jujitsu. Mr. Bohan is also Head
Instructor of Florida Danzan Ryu Jujitsu here at the Shindai Aikikai
Budokan. He began his training through the American Judo and Jujitsu
Federation in 1996 and was awarded Shodan in 2006. He is now also
training in Shotokan Karate.