Cocoa Beach Karate School teaches safe, traditional and authentic Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-Do to students of all ages.
Founded in 2002 by WMKA 5th degree black belt, Sensei Des Chaskelson, the school is a full member of the World Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-Do Association (WMKA) in Naha, Okinawa, with branches throughout the world.

Some of the many benefits of karate training: self-defense, assault prevention, physical fitness, focus, discipline, diligence, commitment, courtesy, respect, self-esteem, fun and more.

We welcome beginners, kids, teens and adults, and families – we were all beginners once!

We have a special kids program (ages 5-7) and classes for older kids, teens and adults. We welcome families and offer special family discounts.

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Sensei Chaskelson began his karate training in 1987 in New York City with the Ansei Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA group and trained there until moving to Cocoa Beach, Fl in 2002, when he founded Cocoa Beach Karate School. He was awarded his WMKA 5th degree black belt by Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Naha, Okinawa, in 2010 at the 75th Anniversary of Matsubayashi-Ryu, the style founded by Soke’s father, O’Sensei Shoshin Nagamine, widely considered to be one of the fathers of modern day karate.


Cocoa Beach Karate also has several other WMKA black belts who assist with training:

  • Tom DuJardin – 4th Degree
  • Joe Motro – 2nd Degree
  • Stu Warren – 2nd Degree
  • Michael Motro – 1st Degree
  • Jean Chipman – 1st Degree
  • Jason Christian – 1st Degree
  • Gannon Avery – Junior Black