Shihan Cedric Barksdale
Shihan Cedric Barksdale has been studying and teaching karate for over 30 years. He received the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) from Grandmaster Thomas LaPuppet and from Hanshi George Anderson of the United States Karate Federation (USAKF). He also holds the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt) from the World Karate-Do Federation (WKF), French Karate Federation and the USA National Karate-Do Federation (NKF). The USA-NKF is sanctioned as the National Governing Body for the sport of karate by the United States Olympic Committee. Shihan Barksdale is a permanent member of the USA Karate/United States Ju-Jitsu Federation’s National Advisory Board for the Police Self Defense Instructors Institute.
Shihan Barksdale in a former National Champion with the Amateur Athletic Union, the USAKF and was also a member of the United States National Karate Team from 1984 to 1988. Sensei Barksdale is a licensed WKF and Pan American Karate Federation official and a member of the USA-NKF Referee Council.
Shihan Barksdale is the President and Chief Instructor of the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Association. Sensei Ronald L Cook
Sensei Ronald Cook is a Yondan (4th degree black belt) under the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Asso- ciation and Rokudan (6th degree black belt) under the New Breed Martial Arts Association.
Sensei Cook begain his training with Grandmaster Thomas LaPuppet in April of 1976. In 1980 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in the service, Sensei Cook continued training in the arts of Tae Kwon Do, Shoryn-Ryu Karate and Wing Chun Kung Fu. When he returned home from the Army, he resumed his training with Grandmaster LaPuppet.
In 1999, because of Grandmaster LaPuppet's encouragement, Sensei Cook opened Zanshin Dojo, and Sensei Cook honored his teacher by using the name he suggested.
In 2006 alone, Sensei Cook has competed in several tournaments and has accumulated nine medals and two trophies. Three of those medals were earned at the U.S.A. National Karate Federation's 2006 National Championships.
Sensei Cook is the Senior Physical Training Instructor and is a certified New York State Defensive Tactics Instructor at the Department of Corrections Training Academy. He is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Zanshin Dojo which is located in the Passerelle Building at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York. Sensei Leon E Jones
Sensei Jones began his training in Shotokan Karate in the summer of 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, under Sensei George Young. He reached the rank of green belt before leaving for Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. When he returned home, he resumed his training under the Wilder twins where he achieved the rank of purple belt.
He continued training with other members of Tong Dojo headed by the late Sensei George Cofield who instilled a strong approach to kihon (basics) and kumite (fighting).
Sensei Jones then began training with the late Sensei Thomas LaPuppet (aka 1st Sergeant Thomas Carroll, U.S. Marines, Retired) sharing the warrior spirit of two life styles, karate-do and the Marine Corps. Currently, Sensei Jones assists in continuing the legacy of Sensei LaPuppet at the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do and Zanshin Dojos. Sensei Vincent Stephens
Vincent Stephens has been training and studying karate and the martial arts for over 30 years. He began his training in 1972 under Sensei Lionel Wilson, known as “Number One.” In 1982, Sensei Stephens joined the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Association, founded and headed by Grandmaster Thomas LaPuppet. Sensei Stephens currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) under the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Association, which has been headed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale since Grandmaster LaPuppet's passing in 1999. In 1998, Sensei Stephens was awarded the "Life Achievement Award" by the World Christian Martial Arts and Pastoral Hall of Fame.
Sensei Stephen has competed in many tournaments over the years, including the U.S.A. National Karate Federation's National Championships, and has won many titles. He most recently won a gold medal at their 2006 National Championships for kumite (sparring).
His participation in several Sports Medicine Symposiums and Clinics has given him a broad-based know- ledge of the martial arts and its benefits in the development of the student and the instructor. Because of his specialization, Sensei Stephens is able to provide instruction to students with special needs.
Sensei Vincent, as he is known in the dojo, is currently an Instructor for the Ronin Karate-Do Association. Sensei Ian B Straker
Sensei Ian Straker began training with Grandmaster LaPuppet in January of 1973 and has been active with the Ronin organization since that time. He currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) under the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Association.
Sensei Straker was an active competitor in the Amateur Athletic Union and medaled several times on the state and national levels. He was an official with AAU Karate and was a member of the Board of Directors as the Zone 1 representative. In this position, he was the Tournament Director for the 1980 and 1981 national team trials for the northeastern region of the United States.
Sensei Straker is a university professor and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He is also Vice President of and Instructor for the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Association. Pauline Gambuto
Sensei Pauline Gambuto began her training with Grandmaster Thomas LaPuppet in 1987, and trained with him until his passing. She was only the third woman to be awarded a black belt by Grandmaster LaPuppet in his many years in the martial arts. She currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) under the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Association.
Sensei Gambuto has been the U.S.A. Karate Federation’s Senior National Champion seven times and is a seven-time All-American athlete.
Sensei Gambuto is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Association and is currently an Instructor for the Association and teaches in Manhattan.