Our training is geared to make sure every student gets what they want and need from their martial arts training – fitness, endurance, confidence, focus, self-defense skills – and more.

Lead instructor Jeff Brooks began his martial arts training in 1978.

Fourth degree Black Belt Instructor Tarleton Brooks

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He ran his dojo in New England from 1988 through 2009, teaching thousands of adults and children karate, and holding self-defense seminars, and professional programs in combative skills.

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He received a 7th degree black belt in Shorin Ryu in 2004.

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Painting by Tarleton Brooks

Brooks learned from leading teachers in Okinawan, Japanese, and Chinese traditions in the US and overseas. Among them Katsuhiko Shinzato, translator of Shoshin Nagamine’s Essence of Okinawan Karate Do, and student of the Kishaba brothers karate and kobudo at one time; Sogen Sakiyama, Roshi, practitioner of Goju-ryu karate,

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and Shoshin Nagamine, Chief of the Okinawan Prefecture Motobu District Police, and founder of the Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate style.

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Brooks served as a police officer, major crimes detective, a state certified law enforcement defensive tactics instructor, firearms instructor, PPCT defensive tactics instructor, Deputy US Marshal and Deputy Sheriff.

Jeff Brooks has written numerous published articles on martial arts, and has been cited widely online and in print. He wrote speeches and presentations for high profile public figures in politics, media, business and the arts. He is author of several books including “The Good Fight – The Virtues and Value of the Martial Arts” published in 2019.

Mountain Karate is part of a global network of dedicated practitioners and professionals.  Friends and visitors from around the world join together to share training, insights and spirit. The authenticity of our lineage and practice are evident at every class and event.

US Shorin Ryu Certificate

Nagamine Certificate

Matsumura Seito

Outdoor Workout Demo
Outdoor Workout – photo by Scott Prior

Outdoor Workout

(Drawings, prints and paintings on this site are copyright©1999-2017 Tarleton Brooks )

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