|Everything you wanted to know about
Sensei Joe but were afraid to ask
Sensei Joe McCaskey was born in 1967, but didn’t begin training until April of 1984. He’s
always been a bit of a late bloomer. But it just goes to show that you’re never too old to
Okay – quick math. As of now, that means he's been training more than 33 years. That's
longer than some of his students have been alive. He's been teaching karate since 1991, so
we're up to 26 years now.
His friends talked him into going to class, where he trained under Sensei John and Sensei
Nancy, who’ve become steadfast friends and mentors to Sensei Joe. Sensei Joe later
moved to a club in Bristol, PA, where he trained under Sensei Jack. After attaining his
second degree black belt, Sensei Joe ventured off to start his own club.
Over the course of the years, he’s been promoted to fifth degree black belt. Sensei Joe was
recently selected by the 21st Century program to provide an after-school karate program in
the Morrisville School District.
Karate is such a part of Sensei's life that when he finally got around to marrying his wife
many moons ago, there were almost as many karate-ka at the ceremony as there were
family members. He even researches and finds clubs to train with whenever he travels. In
fact, he usually makes initial contact with a karate club before he books his hotel room! That’s
led to many friendships and training opportunities for Sensei Joe. He was quite distraught
when Mrs. Cindy wouldn't let him train while on their honeymoon!
While ordinarily, Sensei Joe is a very reticent, quiet guy, we’re going to take a moment to
share some of his accomplishments over the years. He’s been honored to have trained with
Master Osamu Ozawa, who was one of Funakoshi Sensei’s students. Not many people can
trace their Shotokan history to Funakoshi Sensei in two steps. Throughout his martial arts
career, he’s attended seminars taught by Ozawa Sensei, Ray Dalke Sensei, Bob Allen
Sensei, Fumio Demura Sensei and John Fonseca Sensei.
Sensei Joe himself still competes – at local and even international tournaments. He believes
in leading by example. If he doesn’t compete, how can he show his students how to win
with dignity and good sportsmanship, as well as lose with grace and style? Not everyone
can be first, although this can be a painful lesson to a young, new student. Sensei Joe
stresses the thrill of competition, while not placing much emphasis on the results. The main
point of competition is not the medal or trophy you take home, it’s the friends and memories
Want to learn more about him or what he's learned?
Feel free to email Sensei at: Email Sensei Joe