The venue of classes are at Ballet Philippines Studio at Greenhills Theater Mall and at Aheadstart Child Development center at Bgy. Kapitolyo Pasig.
The instructors here teach and practice Shotokan Karate. This is the ancient japanese martial art developed to defend oneself without weapons. Karate-do translates into The way of the empty hand. There was a time when the daimyo in Okinawa got paranoid and ordered that there be no weapons of any form to be found on his citizens. The people still needed to defend themselves against thieves so they developed this martial art.
The first lesson in class is a reminder that this is not just a sport like others around. This is a martial art that can be dangerous so all students are asked not to play around and to find a more peaceful solution to any situation. However, if it is unavoidable, one can defend himself or herself. Control is of utmost importance because as one develops his skill to point where "ikken nisatsu" or to kill with one blow is possible, students know that there are repercussions to their actions and are thus encouraged to be more careful. Avoiding conflict would be the more prudent thing to do.
This martial art is open to children starting at an age where they are capable of understanding commands and instructions. We will not accept children who will just play in the dojo. Our goal is to spread the teachings taught to us by those who have gone before us. If students are too young, they can go do other things until they are old enough to learn the skills, the discipline and the control necessary.
We have had students who are older than 60 years of age. It is not too late to begin. Karate is not just for fighting and self defense. It is a way of life where one's everyday is changed for the better. It is a very good source of cardiovascular exercise as well as strength development and maintenance of flexibility.
Feel free to contact us to find more or better yet, visit and ask one of our students.
Super Perez,M.D. is a 4th dan / degree holder of the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF). This is a worldwide organization headed previously by Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki, the student of Gichin Funakoshi who is the father of modern day karate. As of 2014, Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki retired. As of 2015, Super Perez Sensei started to move away from the local ISKF since the local ISKF group is not as shotokan centric as is best nor is it attuned to what the Pioneer Karate group desires for its students.
- 4th Dan Blackbelt International Rank
- Graduate of The Ateneo and Fatima College of Medicine
- Started Karate in 1982.
- Founding Secretary General of ISKF Philippines (2007 to 2015)
- Founder and Chief Instructor or Pioneer Shotokan Karate Club
- Creator of the Joint Safe Defense Program
Sensei Super Perez takes a different approach to teaching Karate. The focus is to making the students, whether 6 or 60, understand the concepts of karate and not just copying movements and practicing strikes and kicks. As a father of 2 boys, kids are taught with patience and care just as a father should. As a medical doctor, age appropriate exercise, levels and techniques are applied to ensure proper growth and development for kids while adults are kept safe and advanced to their full potential.
Sensei Super started karate in 1982 as a result of bullying in his school. Things changed for the better and the bullying stopped while providing him with more confidence and better general health due to the exercise. This puts him at a good position to understand young kids and those with negative experiences outside. The class is engineered to slowly build up their bodies and minds and yet teach them that violence is not the first thing they should resort to in a conflict.
He attained his shodan blackbelt in 1990, 3 years after attaining his 1st kyu brown belt due to local age requirements. He understands that skill and love for the art is more important so given the freedom, promotion is not based on the length of time in that belt but on the attainment of the skills required for that rank.
He was invited into kda in 2005 where he became an active member and a 2 term board member of that organization.
In 2007, he went to the USA along with two of his then club seniors to appeal to ISKF (International Shotokan Karate Federation) to give Philippine clubs a chance to join the prestigious international organization. As the spokesperson, ISKF Philippines Inc. was established in 2007 and he was elected to be the Secretary General.
In 2008, he was tasked to look for a new kda hombu dojo by his sensei. He was able to find one in Shopwise cubao, deal with the management for good rates, daily check the construction and approve plans and modification, and in April 2008, the kda hombu dojo was opened. He managed this studio to profitability and taught multiple classes until its turn over to the board in 2010.
After two transfers, the parents of 3 students decided to invest in setting up a studio for karate and other arts like music and dance. Thus was Trainstation studio born.
After the kda board of 2015 wanted to steal the trainstation classes, he cut ties with kda and moved to the brand new dojo he has set up at Sparta sports and recreation training arena. All his students followed him and this was when Pioneer Shotokan Karate Club was born.
With ISKF losing Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki and the local ISKF focusing on sport karate and not focusing on shotokan style alone, Pioneer Karate reoriented itself to focus more on the traditional purpose of karate which was self defense and the development of one's body and mind. As such, membership to ISKF became not important but alliances with other Budo centric groups and instructors became a priority.
Since then the development of a child friendly and safe version of karate was also developed. The joint safe defense program allows for younger kids to learn SOME basics of karate for the sole purpose of defense but none of the strikes and kicks. This is also a good starting point since defense is half any battle. This also solves the problem of teaching young kids how to attack with was basically like giving immature children a weapon. A student of the Joint safe defense program has already benefited from this when a bully attacked him in school. He got off without being hurt and he didn't get in trouble with the school.
With venues being an issue, eventually, Pioneer Karate settled in Aheadstart Child Development Center and at the Greenhills theater mall.