" Karate, Martial Arts and Self-Defense "
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I graduated from Penn State University Park in 2003 with a Biology Degree and my Penn State Karate Club Black Belt. Since then I obtained my Master's Degree in Biology from Villanova University, and have continued to diligently train the art of IsshinRyu Karate-Do. I was promoted to a full instructor status (3rd degree Black Belt) in March 2011. Our members strive to achieve mental and physical excellence with specific focus on basic techniques, self-defense, forms, sparring & weapons.
Nico P. May 20, 2012
Kate E. April 12, 2011
" I am a recent graduate of Penn State University who joined the club in my senior year. I've been training with Sensei Heine in Philadelphia for a few months, and since joining the group I've learned more than I had ever thought possible. Sensei will get you excited to work harder, learn more and dig deeper into the art. "
Joe A. April 10, 2011
"I began training with Sensei Heine (Derek) last Fall after graduating from Penn State and earning my Black Belt. Derek is a very motivated, knowledgeable, and extremely proficient practitioner of Isshinryu Karate. Even though I've only been training with him for a relatively short time, my Karate has vastly improved in both technique and in understanding what Isshinryu is all about. Phenomenal environment to not only learn a traditional martial art from able and knowledgeable instructors, but also to learn practical self-defense while getting into shape. "
Jon M. April 8, 2011
"Learn traditional Okinawan Kata and Kihon (basic techniques). Get in shape and learn self-defense and self-discipline. "
Wade H. April 6, 2011
"I have been training with Sensei Heine (Derek) for over 5 years now. I was brand new to Isshinryu Karate when we began training together at Penn State. Over the years he has helped me earn my black belt and I have had the privilege of working with him as an instructor for the past year. He is a well versed and dynamic instructor who takes pride in the heritage of Isshinryu and what it stands for. If you are looking for a fun and rewarding way to get in shape or just learn self defense and self discipline you will not find more able instructor than Sensei Heine and the rest of the team of instructors in the club."