about the dojo

The Rockland Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate Dojo was founded in January, 2006 to bring traditional Matsubayashi-Ryu karate to midcoast Maine

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

All classes are included in the Penobscot Bay YMCA membership.

Our classes are intense and will improve your endurance both mentally and physically. We practice kata and kumite (sparring), applications, and basics while improving our stretching, strength and general health. If you are thinking of learning the art of Shorin-ryu Karatedo while strengthening your body and mind, email us or give us a call.

Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi, 10th Dan with sensei Troup at Arakaki sensei's dojo in Okinawa
Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi, 10th Dan with David Troup at Arakaki sensei’s dojo in Okinawa

Sensei 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 4th dan from Sensei Max Crevani, Kyoshi, 8th dan, after receiving his 1st, 2nd and 3rd dan 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 Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi, 10th Dan, Vice President of the WMKA.

Dojo Yudansha:
Kyle Reniche, 2nd Dan
Joseph Russillo, 2nd Dan
Stephen Pease, 2nd Dan
Vinay Seshadri, 2nd dan
John Thibodeau, 2nd Dan
Steven Munford, 1st Dan
Lyn Cathryn Donnelly, 1st Dan