Coach Matt D'Avanzo

Karate Instructor

Coach Matt D

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 high level competitions such as the Pan Ams, WKF Worlds, Junior Olympics, etc. He received his nidan in 2001 and moved down to North Carolina in 2006, where he took up Judo under Darian Stokes a year later, competing locally, and began a small adults no-gi full contact karate class while teaching children at Champion Academy in Cary. In 2011 he was asked to begin teaching Karate at Bushido Judo School in Durham, NC.
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  • "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