As a system of attack and defense, Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai employs all parts of the body to kick, punch, chop or perform other movements to defend oneself. In addition, Karate-Do helps students build character, cultivating them to become valued members of the community. Utilizing modern teaching methods, personalized instruction, and a structured format, our instructors let students progress at their own pace, regardless of age or physical condition, in a small class environment. Plus, our lead karate instructors are certified students of Shihan Fumio Demura, an internationally recognized master of karate and head of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai International.


Our classes for children introduce kids, ages 4 to 6 years, to the exciting world of martial arts and help them improve focus and concentration. Juniors, ages 7 to 12 years, experience age-appropriate, stimulating classes with quarterly belt testing, while our adult/teen lessons work with students of all skill levels. The purpose of true Karate-Do is to build character and develop students to be valuable members of the community.

Our program combines traditional martial arts training with modern teaching methods. Personalized instruction, a structured format, and small classes provide an environment for all to feel comfortable and progress at their own pace regardless of age or physical condition.

Whether you wish simply improve your body, mind, and spirit, or commit to a lifetime of learning, we can provide a health community-based environment that can help you attain your goals.


“The purpose of Karate-Do is to train for your whole life to become the most perfect person you can be. When you reach for that goal, you feel the true value of Karate-Do. I am here to study Karate-Do, for it brings great meaning to my life.”
- Fumio Demura


Our Karate Program


Children (ages 4-6):
This program will give your child an introduction to the exciting world of martial arts, and teach them valuable focusing and concentration skills.

  • Schedule: Attend 1 class per week

  • Fees: $50 per month.

Juniors (ages 7-12):
Instruction is age appropriate, and the classes are safe and fun.

  • Schedule: Attend unlimited classes per week

  • Fees: $75 per month.

Adults/Teens (ages 13+):
For Adults and Teens of all levels.

  • Schedule: Attend unlimited classes

  • Fees:$100 per month


Belt testing is conducted on a quarterly basis to ensure that all students are progressing in their skills.

Please Note:

Membership in Hillsborough Family Martial Arts is not included in the Pinnacle membership.

Membership in Pinnacle is not required to enroll in Hillsborough Family Martial Arts; however, Pinnacle members receive 25% discounts on Karate Memberships. Discount excludes Aikido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs.

Please contact Member Services at for details.


Meet Our Instructors


Jeffrey Molesko

Chief Instructor Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai New Jersey


William Nehlsen

Director of Karate, Pinnacle Health and Fitness


Our lead instructors are certified by Fumio Demura. Our karate instructors are students of Shihan Fumio Demura, an internationally recognized traditional martial artist and head of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai International. Demura Sensei selects instructors that qualify based on their technical skill, teaching abilities, leadership qualities, and personal character. Their training is an ongoing process to ensure that their students receive high-quality instruction in traditional values as well as karate.

Instructors are available to discuss with parents, and or students any special needs or concerns they might have in an effort to provide the most positive and successful training experience possible.