Grand Master Amato breaking 27" of concrete (July 1982)


Grand Master Amato is a 10th Degree Black Belt in Goju-Ryu Karate.  He began his martial arts training at the age of 4 and holds additional Black Belts in Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu, Okinawan Kobudo (weapons), Ishin Ryu and Kardojitsu Ryu.  Combining his training with his full-contact fighting experience, he innovated a system recognized internationally as Amato’s Goju-Ryu.  His Dojo, opened in 1972, is one of the largest martial arts schools in New Jersey.

Grand Master Amato Teaching Children

Grand Master Amato was at the forefront of child martial arts instruction.  He was the first in the Jersey Shore area to institute a curriculum specially designed for children and subsequently was the first in the area to promote a child to Black Belt.  Many of our adult black belt instructors began their martial arts careers as child students of Grand Master Amato.

Grand Master Amato performs at Giant's Stadium in the Meadowlands (June 13, 1982)

Grand Master Amato has been inducted into 27 Martial Arts Halls of Fame.  Renowned for his ability to break through over 2 feet of concrete with a single blow, he has appeared in motion pictures and on television.   His life story has been printed in numerous martial arts publications including Black Belt Magazine, Karate Illustrated and World Karate.   He is the only martial artist ever to perform a half time show at Giants Stadium.  

Grand Master Amato & Nol children (1972)

In 1972 Grand Master Amato served as the personal body guard to the children of Lon Nol, the Cambodian Prime Minister and President of the Khmer Republic. With the Vietnam War still raging and civil war erupting in Cambodia Lon Rith and Lon Dura were sent to the United States. Grand Master Amato was given the task of teaching them karate and serving as their protector. Today Lon Rith leads the Khmer Republican Party in Cambodia.

Grand Master Amato believes in giving back to the community.  He regularly donates classes to youth groups and gift certificates to fundraisers. His Demo Team has raised thousands of dollars for charity and is available upon request.

Demo Team