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NY Times: Throwing punches in a Church basement, martial arts school

Throwing punches in a church basement.  An neighborhood joint article in the New York Times about Kokushi Budo Martial Arts school in NYC

Throwing punches in a church basement: NY Times!

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Promotion fall 2015

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Promotion form due October 21st.


Judo Promotion 2015 pdf

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Seen around the dojo #1

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Meet David Derrico (M.A. in Viola from Manhattan School of Music)

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When David isn’t at the dojo diligently honing his Judo techniques in the adult’s class, you may find him creating music with his Viola in hand.  For those of you who don’t know, Viola is a musical instrument, which serves as the middle voice of the Violin Family.  The Viola is tuned a fifth below the violin and an octave above the cello.


David Derrico started playing the violin and the Viola when he was 4 years old and persisted throughout his lifetime to a place where he has had the opportunity to play worldwide (for instance, Korea, Czech Republic, Prague, and Greece)


Here are some of his musical accomplishments.

Winner of Philadelphia International Music Festival concerto competition

FSMTA String concerto competition (with the opportunity to preform with orchestra)

Multiple time winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music competition

Played on Major motion picture soundtracks

Head of strings for the Manhattan Music Festival (MMF) Summer 2014

Attended summer music festivals Music Academy of the West, Philadelphia International Music Festival and the Ameropa Festival in Prague

Teacher, ringer and mentor for the MSM precollege division


Greatness is upon us!  David also has his sights set on achieve excellence in the sport of judo.  If you see him around the dojo, please say hi.  He is very friendly and open to teaching you what he knows!