Sensei Joseph Cannizzo
United Nations Youth Representative
Kodokan 3rd Degree Judo Black Belt (Japan)
USJF 3rd Degree Judo Black Belt
U.S. Kodokan Federation-2nd Degree Black Belt Jujitsu
USJA-2nd Degree Black Belt Jujitsu
USA Judo Certified Judo Coach
USA Judo Coach of the Month
CPR & First Aid Certified
2016 Senior National Championships-1st Place M1 66kg (Ranked #2 in the USA)
2016 Senior National Championships-5th Place Senior Division 60kg (Ranked #7 in the USA)
Joe leverages his many years teaching and competing nationally and internationally to provide elite level coaching and guidance to the team. Joe was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. Early in Joe's martial arts career he was very active in competition. He has medaled in various local, regional and national level Judo tournaments as well as National Grappling tournaments. Shortly after, Joe discovered his true passion for teaching. Joe is very active in the dojo, especially in the kids judo martial arts classes. He is constantly emphasizing core Judo principles such as "softness controls hardness", "maximum efficiency with minimum effort", and "mutual benefit" during his instruction. Joe has taught physical education in various public schools. He has also instructed many civil service workers such as police officers, corrections officers, firemen, EMT/EMS and others. Joe, spends his time training for international competition, coaching/teaching his students, or attending meetings at the United Nations where he tries to use Judo to spread Sport, Education and Peace across the globe.
Sensei Mark Browner
Kodokan 1st Degree Judo Black Belt (Japan)
USJF 1st Degree Judo Black Belt
2nd Generation Jigoro Kano Student
Mark started training Judo in 1956 at Judo Inc. headed by Jeremy Mackey. In 1964 Mark joined New York Dojo headed by George Yoshida. In May of 1964 Mark received his Shodan. Mark was George Yoshidas assistant at New York Dojo. He assisted with instruction as well as day to day activities. Mark eventually took over the dojo after Sensei Yoshidas passing. Mark loves judo and spends most of his time on the mat or on the side coaching.
Senpai Blenard Capric
USJF Judo Ikkyu
Ben is very active in the Dojo. He enjoys training, teach and competition. He currently holds a Masters degree in Accounting from St. Francis and is actively studying to become a CPA when he is not on the matt.
Senpai Toni Pepia
USJF Judo Nikkyu
Ranked #2 in the USA - 7/4/16
2016 USA Junior Judo Team Alternate
Toni is a dedicated judoka who loves to help out on the mat. She is also a member of the competition team and has medaled in various local and regional tournaments. Toni is a junior at Tottenville high school and is enrolled in the Medical Health Assisting program. Toni wants Judo to be a big part of her future and eventually wants to compete and medal in the Olympics. Toni is currently on the Jr. USA Judo Team as an an alternate. She has placed #1 at the 2016 Junior Olympics International Division and #2 at the 2016 USA Judo Jr. National Championships.