Instructors

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Head Instructor/Executive Director/Certified Coach (USA Judo) Sensei Darian Stokes has been studying judo for over 25 years. A 5th degree Black Belt in Judo and a 3rd degree Black Belt in Neko-Ryu Goshin Jitsu, Sensei Stokes has won championships in North Carolina, South Carolina, California,…
Judo Instructor/Vice President/National Referee Michelle Davis is an instructor and vice president of the Bushido Judo School. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, where she started judo training in 1971. She currently holds a Sandan (Third Degree Black Belt) in…
Judo Instructor/USA Judo Coach Mr. Andreu, a Cuban born American with a diverse background, comes from a strong Federal Government background. He served the United States of America in Information Technology and Security capacities for over a decade, where he was the recipient of numerous…
Judo Instructor Mike Viana holds the rank of Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Judo and Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Neko-ryu Goshin Jitsu. Mike started judo at Bushido Judo School in 2001 after watching his 3 children have a blast under the instruction…
Women's Self Defense Instructor Chip Slade has been teaching rape prevention since 2003. Chip is an AWSDA certified rape prevention instructor and the regional representative for the American Women’s Self Defense Association. He is certified through the Modern Warrior Defensive Tactics Institute as a confined…
Judo Instructor Agnes Gall is an assistant instructor at the Bushido Judo School. She has been practicing the martial arts for 22 years, and holds 2nd degree Black Belt status in Judo, American Shorin-ryu Karate, and Okinawan Kobudo, as well as a brown belt in…
Karate Instructor Matthew D’Avanzo began training in Kenkojuku-style Karate in 1990. He reached shodan during college in 1997 and began teaching for his instructor Herb Wiles in Jamaica that same year, competing nationally, and helping to train & coach many students to greater success in…

Testimonials

  • "In an age where commercialism seems to rule in the Martial Arts space and the true values of the Martial Arts are getting blurred Bushido Judo School holds true to the age old traditions of Honor, Respect and Discipline."

    -Andres Andreu
  • "Bushido Judo School has changed my life not only as a competitive athletes point of view but as an overall person. I have come to understand my self and gain much knowledge on how to control myself. Bushido's instructors are very caring and not only willing to help with judo but in all aspects of everyday life. Bushido isn't just a school it becomes your family."

    -Chris Elias
  • There's a few good places in Raleigh for martial arts, but I travel 40 mins to Bushido in Durham, because they're a competitive Judo club with the perfect balance of play-rough practice and fun-loving attitude.

    -Matt D'Avanzo
  • For the past two years, my six year old son had been asking to take martial arts classes. Being new to the area, we began visiting different dojos. A friend recommended that we visit Bushido. From the moment I met Sensei Stokes I was impressed with his interactions with the children in the class. My son joined, and a week later, I joined as well. The instructors and fellow students are exceptionally helpful. My son and I both enjoy the classes immensely, and my younger daughter now wants to join us.

    -Joe Zakszewski