ABOUT TELLER'S OKINAWAN KARATE ACADEMY
Master Robert Teller began his karate training in 1965 while stationed in Asia with the United States Air Force. A Vietnam veteran with over 22 years of active military service, Master Teller spent 15 years in Okinawa, studying under a veritable "Who's Who" of renowned Karate masters, marrying into an Okinawan Martial Arts family, and learning styles and techniques seldom shown to outsiders.
Today, Master Teller is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on traditional Okinawan Karate in the United States. His articles have been featured in leading martial arts publications throughout the world. In addition to his expertise in Karate, Master Teller is also an experienced teacher who enjoyed a successful career in both public and private education. Among Master Teller's instructors were Shoshin Nagamine of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu, Shuguro Nakazato of Kobayashi Shorin-ryu, Hohan Soken and Fusei Kise of Matsumura Orthodox Shorin-ryu, Shosei Kina and Masanobu Kina of Rengeikan, Shian Toma of Seidokan, and Taika Seiyu Oyata of Ryu-te.
MEET TELLER'S OKINAWAN
Robert Teller, Hanshi
Hanshi Robert Teller began his karate training in 1965 while stationed in Asia with the United States Air Force. He is a Vietnam veteran with over 22 years of active military service. Master Teller spent 15 years on Okinawa, studying under a veritable “who’s who” of renowned karate masters, marrying into an Okinawan martial arts family, and learning styles and techniques seldom shown to outsiders. He has been actively studying and teaching traditional martial arts for over 50 years.
Today, Master Teller, 9th degree black belt, is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on traditional Okinawan karate (empty hand) and kobudo (weapons) in the United States. His articles have been featured in leading martial arts publications throughout the world. In addition to his expertise in karate, Master Teller is also an experienced teacher, now retired, who enjoyed a successful career in both public and private education. Master Teller lives in Pottstown with his wife, Miko. They enjoy time with their three adult children and many grandchildren. They return to Okinawa frequently to visit family and to continue to live and breathe Okinawan culture and martial arts.
Fred started his training with Master Robert Teller in 1992. Always having an interest in martial arts, he chose Okinawan Karate due to the its rich history and traditions. In early 1996, Fred had the honor of testing in front of Taika Oyata for his Shodan (1st degree black belt). This started his life long goal to perfect himself and to never stop learning. After 18 years of training, he continues his studies through seminars and Master Teller's tutelage. Traveling to Okinawa for the first time in 2018, he was able to better see and live the culture to give better understanding to his art.
Fred is the primary instructor for the kids' class and also teaches the adult class when Master Teller is not available.
Renshi Levi Wolf began training in Okinawan karate and kobudo under Master Teller and his son, Jimmy Teller, in 2007. He is the last student to have earned a black belt from Master Teller's deceased Okinawan master, Taika Seiyu Oyata. By day, Levi is an attorney and managing partner of a local prominent law firm. By night, he has been a dedicated student of Master Teller. He has also attended numerous classes and seminars outside of the Pottstown dojo, studying how the techniques of others can be used to enhance his own art. He has traveled to Okinawa and understands its rich culture and history. Levi frequently instructs the TOKA adult classes if Master Teller is unavailable.