Smithtown Karate Academy

Chief Instructor:
Marilyn Fierro, 9th Dan

.Smithtown Karate Academy has been located in Smithtown, Long Island, since 1978. We teach Okinawan Isshinryu Karate and Kobudo (weapons) to everyone from the age of 4 and up. Classes meet on Monday & Wednesday 5:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Free trial lessons are available for all adult students as well as special introductory packages and family discounts.  Check the monthly schedule for actual times and changes - make sure you refresh the browser each month. 

Want to see a video of our classes right now click here   Dojo Video

Watch for our show  "Taking Charge" which airs in Hauppauge and Brookhaven on Cable 20.  Shows cover aspects of the martial arts as well as those dealing with proper health and nutrition. Ways you can energize and be the best you can be through good health and positive thinking. Our new time schedule effective April 1, 2004 is at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays.  Set your VCR.  Past shows are also available for on line ordering.


KYOSHI MARILYN FIERRO IS THE CHIEF INSTRUCTOR at SMITHTOWN KARATE ACADEMY. She is a Nineth Degree Black Belt with Master Nick Adler  Master Nick Adler's Page and Master Angi Uezu in Okinawa. She has trained with Hanchi Nick Adler, 10th Degree Black Belt,  since 1974 and began teaching in1976 opening the Smithtown dojo in 1978.

Sensei Fierro teaches and lectures at local schools, health clubs, camps and for various organizations. She is a writer.  Over the years her articles have been published in Black Belt, Official Karate, Action MA, MA Weapons, Samurai,  and Isshinryu magazine amongst others Through her studies with Master Adler she is well versed in both Isshinryu Karate and Kobudo (Weapons). She is also a member of AAU, USA Karate, OIKKA, IWKA. She holds the rank of Black Belt in Kobudo with IKKF and the OKKF. She is a diligent student as well as instructor and attends many seminars cross training to enhance her own art.

In August 1992 Sensei Fierro attended the Junior World Maccabbi games as coach for the Suffolk delegation. Organizing the event on Long Island in 1995. She is an Internationally licensed Instructor, certified coach and a sought after Referee for tournaments.

Her innovative approach to Women's "Attack Prevention" (see related page - Attack Prevention ) has brought much local publicity. She and her demonstration team starred on the Lois Wright show in Easthampton earning an award as an educational film. Her recent accomplishments include a 6 show Attack Prevention series on "IN YOUR INTEREST" with Dave Porello of Channel 67 (Cable 24) Smithtown, Starred with Pam Greene on "Women in the 90’s", was featured on News Cable 12, has Co-produced an instructional video with B.O.C.E.S intended for use in Long Island schools, and is the Producer of the TV show "Taking Charge" which airs Thursdays on Cable 20 at 930 PM. Shows are available for sale.  She was inducted into the World head of family Sokeship Hall of Fame as Master Instructor in September 1996. In April 1997 she was the second woman ever to be inducted into the NY Jewish sports Hall of Fame and the first Karate-Ka. Inducted into Don Nagle’s Hall of Fame September 1997. On July 31, 1998 Sensei Fierro was the first woman to be Inducted into the Isshinryu Hall of Fame. May 1, 1999 Sensei Fierro was inducted into the OIKKA Hall of Fame (Master George Iberl & Master Angi Uezu)  June 2008 received the Don Bohan Award based on what he said prior to his passing in 1998.  July 8, 2008 KIAI association "Legion of Honor" Daytona, Fla.

In September 2002 Sensei Fierro became an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University where she taught an innovative program called "Personal Development Through The Martial Arts".  She also taught at Long Island University Karate Instructor program as Adjunct Professor.  On May 1, 2010 Kyoshi Fierro was inducted into the Just For Champion's Hall of fame on Long Island as an "Original Pioneer of Martial Arts - Platinum Warrior Lifetime Achievement".

Other Associated sites: Isshinryu Karate
Sensei Adler Bob Ingargiola's Isshinryu Karate Academy , 
Isshin-Ryu Productions
Other Sites:
  Bohan's Family  Lizotte's AOKA OIKKA Isshinryu Hall of Fame , Don Nagle
United Isshinryu Council

For more information about
Master Nick Adler
click here: Master Nick Adler's Page




Master Nick Adler & Marilyn Fierro
July 31, 1998 Isshinryu Hall of Fame

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One might call Karate an educated way of street fighting, but as you study karate you'll find that there is much more to it than this.

Karate as a martial art, which was perfected in Okinawa after many centuries in the Orient, is based upon both mental and body discipline. It is considered to be one of the finest forms of physical exercise.

Isshinryu Karate is an Okinawan martial arts system developed by the late Tatsuo Shimabuku, 10th. Degree Black Belt. The most notable aspect of this system is the vertical punch strengthened by the thumb on top position, and the use of speed and snap to generate power.

Isshinryu means “One Heart Way” and emphasizes the unity and brotherhood of all. We develop a skill, but will use it only as a last resort!  See more here


Our youngest Karateka starting at the age of 4 and 5. These children are exposed to martial arts training through a variety of activities and games geared at developing balance, coordination, focus and reflex. Children learn the importance of defensive moves and are taught respect for others through activities requiring teamwork. “Stranger Danger” information is included in the program with tips such as developing a code word with your child, how to walk away from someone and who strangers really are. Children earn one star for each 10 classes attended, after 5 stars they are awarded their dragon patch. Children may progress to a regular children’s program after approximately one year in Little Dragons or at the age of 6. Classes are 1/2 hour and meet on Wednesday from 5:30 - 6:00 PM. and Saturday 10:00 - 10:30 am

Children's classes are divided into groups of skill levels. Our program teaches basic blocking, kicking and punching skills, self-defense techniques and Kata (forms) in a fun energetic atmosphere. Children at Smithtown Karate Academy are goal-oriented achievers. Weekly “Lessons of the Week” reinforce values of life as well as Karate. Fifty (50) minute classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Call for Hours.

Adults receive the same concerned instruction as all students at the academy. Classes are Monday & Wednesday 8:10 - 9:30 PM, and Saturday 11:40-12:30.

Weapons in Okinawan Isshinryu Karate include Bo, Sai, and Tonfa. The Okinawan people in defense of their homes, land and family used these farm tools. All students from Green Belt and above are able to train with these ancient weapons.

FREE TRIAL CLASS IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE INTERESTED, this  will help you begin to experience the value of Okinawan Isshinryu Karate and orient yourself with our Dojo.  Call for an appointment today (631) 265-9062.


programs are offered periodically. These can be 6 week sessions which meet on Tuesday Evenings from 7 - 8:30 PM or three hour seminars.  The program includes lecture, video tape viewing and actual training leading up to defense against a padded opponent (when available). This program has received tremendous acclaim in the media and has been the subject of several TV specials.  It is also available as corporate level seminars. Call for more information.  Classes need a minimum of 10 people to run.



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 Smithtown Karate Academy
Marilyn Fierro, Chief Instructor

Smithtown United Methodist Church
230 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 265-9062


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Smithtown Karate Academy
34 East Main Street
Suite 178
Smithtown, NY 11787

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