Instructors of Fighting Spirit Karate

Owner of Fighting Spirit Karate

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Head Instructor

Head Fighting Coach/Instructor

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Shihan Sean Schenker:

Shihan Sean Schenker started his martial arts career in the late 70's training in the New Paltz, NY World Oyama Karate dojo when he was only 5 years of age. He began to learn Kyokushin karate in the golden age era of Kyokushin fighting; he learned directly from the legendary figures of Soshu Shigeru Oyama, Shihan Mike Skinner, Sensei Frank Clark, Shihan Willie Williams, and many more. He immediately excelled in the Kyokushin art and earned his Shodan (1st-Degree Black Belt), under the WOKO in 1989 when he was 16 years old. After finishing high school and moving to many different places over the states, Shihan took a leave of absence from Kyokushin karate to focus on his musical career. He later began to train under the MYB organization and earned up to his Godan (5th Degree Black Belt), as of 2020 in their organization. After moving back to New Paltz, NY, and starting his own dojo, Shihan began to explore Kyokushin organizations once again. Shihan found a love for the art as he shared best in the IFK and joined as a member. Since joining Shihan Sean has become an official USA-IFKK instructor and elected as the Chairman of the board, in the United States branch. In 2020 the president of the USA-IFKK, Shihan Michael Monaco (8th Dan), promoted Shihan Sean Schenker to Godan (5th Dan), in IFK Kyokushin Karate. Shihan Sean has dedicated his life to the martial arts and strives to help every single person who walks through Fighting Spirit Karate's door achieve the best version of themselves. Osu!

Sensei Charlie Gent:

Sensei Charlie Gent started martial arts training at a young age in the Marlboro, NY area where he was born and grew up. Sensei Charlie quickly earned his Shodan in the art of, Tae Kwon Do. As he got older and entered into high school, he began to focus more on his dream of football. Sensei Charlie became a top prospect of football and made it all the way to earn a spot on the New York Jets; after leaving the Jets, he continued to play professional football. Post football, as he began to re-enter the area, Shihan Sean opened his first official dojo in New Paltz, NY in 2011 and Sensei applied to be an instructor. Needless to say Sensei Charlie has been a lead teacher at Fighting Spirit Karate ever since. Sensei Charlie earned his Nidan under Shihan Sean in 2015; he has competed in tournaments as a full knockdown fighter and continuesely shows his support as a referee in these events. In 2020, Sensei Charlie earned his Sandan under Shihan Monaco, Shihan Sean, and the USA-IFKK. Sensei is a lead instructor here at Fighting Spirit Karate and runs classes daily for our population.

Sempai Jonah Schenker:

Sempai Jonah Schenker is the Head Kumite (Fighting) Instructor and Coach at Fighting Spirit Karate. Sempai Jonah is the brother of Shihan Sean and grew up in New Paltz, NY where he shortly trained in the WOKO dojo under Sensei Frank Clark as a kid. Sempai Jonah took up the sport of wrestling during his years in high school. After graduating school he lived in many different places all over the world before eventually finding his way back to New Paltz. Sempai Jonah began his training in Kyokushin Karate once again and in 2017 was awarded his Shodan under Shihan Sean. Sempai Jonah is the main teacher for fight training and competition here at Fighting Spirit Karate. He trained the USA-IFKK team for the 2019 British Open, where the United States team took 1st place in. He actively trains FSK's students on a weekly basis and is a key member of our team. In 2020, Sempai Jonah earned his Nidan under the USA-IFKK, Shihan Monaco and Shihan Sean.

Lead Instructors & Program Managers

Sempai Reggie Gold


Sempai Tuari Schenker

Sempai Reggie Gold & Tuari Schenker

Sempai Reggie and Sempai Tuari both started their training under their uncle, Shihan Sean Schenker, at a very young age and have continued under him ever since. They began training in the art when Shihan Sean had not founded FSK karate and he was running a "Traveling Dojo" at many different studios and schools in the area. As Shihan Sean founded Fighting Spirit Karate, both of them continued in their training of Kyokushin curriculum, kata, and kumite. Sempai Reggie and Tuari both are avid knockdown fighters and engage in officiating for kumite events. They both were on Team USA in the 2019 British Open in the United Kingdom and took 1st place for our country. As of 2020, Sempai Reggie and Tuari both tested for their Shodan under the USA-IFKK and Shihan Sean. They both teach daily at FSK for all classes in each age group and handle the operation of children/schooling programs.

Other Black Belts of Fighting Spirit Karate

Sempai Stefan Bolz


Sempai Tom Dunphy


Sempai Daniel Waage


Sempai Dahlia Rosen


Sensei Katie Murphy

Sensei Dave Kalish

Sensei John Halstead


Sensei Terrence Quinn