about the dojo

The Rockland Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate Dojo was founded in January, 2006 to bring traditional Matsubayashi-Ryu karate to midcoast Maine with three weekly classes.

The dojo operates out of the Penobscot Bay YMCA, in Rockport, Maine. We offer three weekly classes open to all students, and one black belt class. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The black belt class is by invitation only and is at 12 p.m. on Saturday afternoons.

There is no extra fee for members of the Penobscot Bay YMCA.

Classes are intense, and will help improve both your mental and physical endurance. We practice kata and kumite (sparring), fighting applications, and basics. If you are thinking of learning the art of Shorin-ryu Karatedo while strengthening your body and mind, email us at mainekarate@gmail.com or give us a call at (207) 358-0343.


David Troup at Arakaki Sensei’s dojo in November 2022

Instructor David Troup trained from 1987 through 2005 under Sensei Owen Masters, 6th Dan in Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu, and Sensei Max Crevani, Kyoshi, 8th Dan in Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu at the Shorin-Ji Bushido in New York City.  Both Senseis Masters and Crevani were students of Sensei Zenko Heshiki, Kyoshi, who had been a student of the late founder of Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu, Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine.

Troup received his 5th dan from WMKA President Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi, 10th Dan; WMKA Vice President Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi, 10th Dan; and Iwao Tome, Hanshi, 9th Dan; after receiving his 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dans from the late Soke Takayoshi Nagamine (1945 – 2012), 10th Dan Hanshisei, the son of Matsubayashi-ryu’s founder—Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine.  He currently continues his own training in Okinawa with Toshimitsu Arakaki Sensei.

Dojo Yudansha:
Kyle Reniche, 2nd Dan
Joseph Russillo, 2nd Dan
Stephen Pease, 2nd Dan
Vinay Seshadri, 2nd dan
John Thibodeau, 2nd Dan
Steven Munford, 2nd Dan
Lyn Cathryn Donnelly, 2nd Dan