ContactCharles Hobbib (Sensei)
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Coach Martial Arts training for all levels
SeasonWinter, Spring, Summer, Fall
PracticesTwice per week
AffiliationMartial Arts, Karate, Shito-Ryu Karate-do Genbu-Kai
PhilosophyWe want our players to have fun and learn some skills. We may or may not keep score and want all players to be able to participate equally. No experience required!
Team Bio Sensei Charles Hobbib’s martial arts experience spans more than four decades. He began training in the Shito-Ryu style of karate in 1968 under Mr. Robert Coryer, and earned his first black belt in 1980. In that year he also opened up The Oneonta Karate Dojo. In 1981 he became a student of internationally known karate master Fumio Demura. Since then, Sensei Hobbib and has been the Director and Chief Instructor of Shito-Ryu Karate-do Genbu-Kai for New York State for more than 30 years, and currently is a certified 5th degree Black Belt under Master Demura. Sensei Hobbib was an avid international martial arts competitor from 1980 through 1992, often participating in kata (forms), kumite (sparring), and kobudo (Okinawan weapons) events. One competition that he is particularly fond of is his 1991 appearance at the World Hard Contact Karate Championships that were held in Kyoto, Japan. In addition to karate, Sensei Hobbib trains and teaches the art of kobudo and is also a certified 3rd degree Black Belt in the art of Toyama-Ryu Batto-do (Japanese sword). Sensei Hobbib has appeared in several television commercials and shows over the years, including The Martial Arts Today Show, and the HBO documentary Eagle Scout. He has also performed in many successful public karate demonstrations and appeared in the April 2000 issue of Martial Arts & Combat Sports (magazine). In 2000 Sensei Hobbib was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame. Sensei Hobbib’s favorite katas include Jitte, Naifanchi Ni Dan, and Wanshu. Some of his favorite karate techniques include spinning back kicks, and the combination of doing an inside sweep followed by a reverse punch.