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Sensei Patrick Petriello


New York Branch Chief


Patrick Petriello was born on December 19, 1977 in Bronx, NY and is the eldest of 4 children. Pat was raised by his maternal grandmother, Virginia, (later by his aunt, Linda) in the small Bronx Community of Edgewater. He married his soul mate, Sarah, on November 24, 2012 and they are expecting their first child, a girl, in December 2013.


Pat began studying martial arts at the age of 12 at the American Goju Ryu School at the American Turners club after the passing of his grandmother, initially as an outlet for his anger.   After only 6 months of classes, he was promoted to 7th Kyu (Yellow belt with a green stripe).   He also found that he had a knack for and true enjoyment in teaching others. I stated attending every class I could, to either teach youth classes or to participate in other classes with adults or older teenagers. In just 3 years time from my first class, I  earned the rank of Shodan.   Not long after earning this rank, the school and classes broke up. This troubled me because Sensei, Jerry Smith, helped me through a very difficult time in my life, the passing of my  grandmother.  Sensei Smith will always hold a special place in my heart, as he was and still is a large part of the reason that I found more than just an outlet for his anger, but found something  I will  treasure thru the rest of my life.


In 2000, a great friend and fellow student of the American Goju Ryu School, Sensei Greg Giovaniello, returned home from his service in Arizona with the US Air Force. Greg told me that he had not only kept up with his studies in martial arts (to which Greg gives credit to me for getting him started in so many years prior), but had earned his Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate. Greg was looking to begin teaching Kyokushin to anyone who would learn and asked me if I would be willing to attend the classes at SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, NY as well as help teach.  I jumped at the opportunity to get back into teaching and learning with Greg.   After two years, Greg returned to Arizona and I began to look for other places to continue my training and teaching where I felt comfortable, to which none felt right for me. It wasn't until 2004 and Greg's final move home from Arizona, that I again felt comfortable training and teaching, again with Greg, whenever he was able to do so.


I continued to train with Greg in Kyokushin and has joined the Kaifuku-Kerai-Shin school in 2013 under the direction of Kancho Dr. Idris Clymer.  I currently hold the rank of Shodan in Kaifuku-Kerai-Shin and has earned the title of Sensei.  I'm also also the Chief Administrator and Asst. Instructor under Shihan Greg in New York.  I continue to work towards teaching and developing students under my charge and I also help to facilitate the semi-annual training camps that are held outside of the traditional "classroom setting" to promote the versatility of teaching and learning for students and teachers alike.


My wife, Sarah, is a strong supporter of my ambition and love of the martial arts as well as any other of my pursuits, be they career or community based.  In addition to teaching with Greg, I'm also an auxiliary police officer (APO) for the New York Police Department (having been awarded the APO of the year award in 2010) and an Asst. Scoutmaster with his local Boy Scout Troop which he has been a member of since the age of 11.


"I look forward to meeting all of our future students and seeing where this journey takes us together"- Pat Petriello

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