Robert Teller, founder of Robert Teller’s Okinawan Karate Academy – located at the 422 SportsPlex on Industrial Highway in Lower Pottsgrove – recently received an 8th-degree black belt during a trip to Okinawa.
Teller’s January (2014) trip, accompanied by his wife Kiyoko and son Jimmy (a 6th degree black belt), represented his first return to the island in 27 years. He also traveled with two other black-belt students from the school, John Anthony (6th degree) and Levi Wolf (2nd degree). While in Okinawa, Teller and the students trained extensively at various dojos in the Okinawan karate system.
Okinawan karate is the forerunner of many different kinds of martial arts, including Japanese karate, Korean martial arts like Tae Kwan Do and Tang Su Do, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. The word karate is often translated as “empty hand,” referring to the weaponless martial arts system that Okinawans practiced against invading Japanese hundreds of years ago.