Meet the Instructors

Robert T. Spoon

robert-spoon-bioSensei 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 sixth-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.

Nicholas J. Hart

nicholas-hart-bioNicholas Hart is the Director of Operations and the Lead Instructor at the North Shore Karate Academy located in North Beverly, Massachusetts.

Mr. Hart began his training in the art of Uechi-Ryu Karate at the age of twenty one. Training hard and working diligently he earned the rank of Shodan in less than three years, where at his promotional examination he was distinguished as the most outstanding candidate.

Upon discovering that martial arts were his passion, he knew he wanted to give back and share the many benefits of the martial arts with people of all ages. Mr. Hart quickly developed an exceptional reputation for being a natural born teacher and leader. His positive attitude and delight for helping others reach their true potential is contagious.

Nicholas has competed at a world class level and at the 2009 Uechi-Ryu World Cup he was the Gold Medal Champion in Kumite (sparring).


Suella and Raymond

The self discipline and respect that he is taught each lesson is outstanding and delivered in such a fun way.
Many thanks

- Suella and Raymond

Henrik and Susan

Learning Karate has become one of our favorite things!

- Henrik and Susan

Mike Cronin

Your dedication and consistency are to be commended.
I personally learn something every time I observe class.

- Mike Cronin