Imagine Your Child As A Confident, Strong, Self Assured Leader
In Fact, Let’s Not Imagine. Let’s Make It Happen, Together.
First, A Note From Our Instructor:
Hi, my name is Robert Spoon, owner of North Shore Karate Academy in Beverly, MA. I want to take a moment to welcome you to our website and to say THANK YOU for considering Martial Arts for your child.
I’ve taught kids martial arts classes for years and as you can imagine, I’ve seen every kind of personality you can think of in a child. Rambunctious, shy, defiant, complacent…every child is different, with special gifts to give and challenges to overcome, and I’ve seen Martial Arts classes help every single one of them find their inner strength, peace, and focus.
We’ve seen ultra-shy kids burst out of their shell, ADD and ADHD kids learn how to control themselves, socially awkward kids learn how to make and keep friends, and even helped special needs children find a place to fit in and feel accepted.
So, what I’ll do on this page is tell you a little about what our focus is in our classes, and what methods we use to achieve our results.
Take a look at what we do, and see if our philosophy on the Martial Arts mat lines up with your goals as a parent, and if what we teach would be beneficial in your child’s life.
Again, THANK YOU for considering Martial Arts – it was literally the BEST thing that ever happened to me when I was young, and I think it’s possible that it could be the same for your child.
Robert T. Spoon
Sensei Robert Spoon’s desire for intense training began at the young age of six, when he started boxing for his hometown of Gloucester, Ma. After seven years of boxing and two New England Jr. Olympic championships, Mr. Spoon found his true calling in the art of Uechi-Ryu karate and began his martial arts career at the age of 13.
Following his dream of traveling and training, Mr. Spoon enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and lived in Okinawa, Japan for five years, 1991-1996.
There he had the honor of studying under the tutelage of world-renowned Grandmaster Tsumo Nakahodo at the famed Meigusku dojo in Naha.
“Nakahodo sensei is the epitome of a true master, not only in his karate ability and understanding of the martial arts, but also in his unsurpassed example of living life in accordance with the tenants of patience, compassion and perseverance. I could not have had a better role model on and off the dojo floor.” says Mr. Spoon, looking back fondly to his time in Okinawa.
Currently a fifth-degree black belt, Sensei Spoon has many tournament wins and top finalists places to his credit; a 1994 All Okinawan Karate Championship top eight finalist placement and two New England lightweight sparring titles to name a few.
Mr. Spoon is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts, a proud U.S. military veteran and a devoted father of three. He loves sharing his passion for the martial arts with others and developing tomorrow’s leaders.