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Mike Oliveri, Sensei, Sandan

Sensei Oliveri began his training at the Academy of Okinawan Karate in 2007 under Shihan Joseph Walker, a Shuri-ryu Chief Instructor. He taught for the Academy for four years, and opened Heartland Dojo in April of 2019. He currently holds the rank of sandan (3rd-degree black belt) in Shuri-ryu Karate-do and the title of Gakusha, shodan level, in Okinawan kobudo. Sensei Oliveri additionally trains in Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo. He has over 22 years of experience in public K-12 education, and he is currently the Technology Director for the Roanoke-Benson school district.

Patrick Oliveri started training under his father in 2015 and was promoted to shodan, or first-degree black belt, in July of 2022. Patrick frequently assists in the dojo, serving both as a training resource for adults and an inspiration for the younger students.

Our philosophy is there’s a place for everyone in karate and in our dojo. We follow the principle of kaizen, or continuous improvement. Our goal is always forward, to be better today than we were yesterday. By following the way or path of karate, our goal is also to improve our character, not just our physical ability.

Each student is encouraged to progress at their own speed and to their own ability, so students of all ages, fitness levels, and athletic ability are encouraged to participate. One is never too old or out of shape to get started, and children who are often frustrated by team sports can find success in martial arts training!