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We are experts in the disciplines of Shotokan and Krav Maga.

It is widely accepted that the practice and study of martial arts brings incredible benefits for children, teens and adults alike. While becoming skilled at self-defense and achieving optimum physical fitness in a fun environment, students also improve in other crucial areas of life such as respect for others, communication skills, focus, memorization, information retention, self discipline and positive interpersonal relationships. Motor skills become fine-tuned leading to better posture, balance and poise, in turn enhancing self-esteem, grace and inner confidence.

Shokotan Karate involves a mastery of karate techniques combined with character development and the strengthening of the spirit. The objective is to learn legitimate karate techniques while fostering a sound mind, spirit and philosophy. It produces amazing results in terms of balance, timing, rhythm, self confidence and overall body condition.

Krav Maga constitutes a robust street self-defense system, emphasizing instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios. It is effective against guns, knives and hand combat, and is used by law enforcement, military personnel and the average citizen seeking a highly-effective framework for self-defense.

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    Sensei was born in Brasov, Romania in 1964. He was impressed with martial arts from the age of 10, when he watched various martial arts documentary movies.

    Sensei Nick immediately fell in love with karate, but it was forbidden in communist Romania. Anyone caught practicing karate would be persecuted by the authorities. So at the age of 13, Sensei Nick studied judo—but he didn’t forget karate…

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  • Senpai Louis Gross

    Hello! My name is Louis Gross, and I am one of the assistant instructors at the IMA Las Vegas Karate-Do. In 2000, when I was about age 7, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, from Chicago, Illinois.

    From a very young age I have had an interest in martial arts. When I first entered high school I decided to take a Shotokan-Karate class at my local YMCA on a whim. I did not have any real interest in a sport at that moment. I just felt it would be a good way to kill some time…

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Offering high level instruction in both Shotokan-Karate and Krav Maga & Israeli Martial Arts, Sensei Nick and Senpai Louis lead the Hanbo Dojo promoting excellence, integrity, respect, and focus.