Rick Roberts Stephen Ferraro Steve D'Antonio Rob Ksiadz
Sensei Stephen Ferraro at the Shureimon in Okinawa
Sensei Stephen Ferraro


Renshi Stephen Ferraro - Godan (5th Dan)
Okinawan Kobayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Sensei Ferraro began his Karate training in September of 1991 at the age of 9 at Sensei Roberts’ dojo in Guelph, Ontario.  Sensei Ferraro trained long and hard 5-6 years, sometimes even 14 hours a week for his Shodan (1st Dan) Black Belt Test in the summer of 1996, under Sensei Roberts and Rodney Willis.  While balancing high school, Karate, basketball and football, Sensei Ferraro managed to train and test for his Nidan (2nd Dan) in 1998 and his Sandan (3rd Dan) in the year 2000; all facilitated by Kyoshi Frank Hargrove in Virginia, U.S.A.

A couple years after finishing high school, Sensei Ferraro enrolled in the University of Waterloo, Ontario and obtained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English Literature.  While still teaching Karate at Sensei Roberts’ dojo in Guelph, after nearly 8 years as a Sandan, Sensei Ferraro along with Sensei (Sempai) Stephen D’Antonio, tested for their Yondan (4th Dan) in May of 2007.  This test was facilitated by two of Hanshi Nagazato’s most senior students from Okinawa: Hanshi Giyu Gibo, Kudan (9th Dan) and Hanshi Eiyu Yonaguni, Kudan (9th Dan).  Not to mention then Kyoshi and now Hanshi Kudan (9th Dan) Doug Perry; Shorinkan’s North American President, United States Marine Major and Shorinkan’s first ever non-Okinawan Hanshi, and also Kyoshi Eddie Bethea, Hachidan (8th Dan).

In 2008, Sensei Ferraro was accepted to the Faculty of Education at the University of Western in London, Ontario.  After completing his Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in 2009, Sensei Ferraro is now not only a certified Karate teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience and almost 20 years of study, but is also a certified Ontario Educator and teaches high school full time in Milton, Ontario.

In 2012, Sensei Ferraro was promoted to the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt) and awarded the teaching title of Renshi.

In his spare time, Sensei Ferraro enjoys continuous training in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate, Japanese Hakko-Ryu Ju-jitsu and Brazilian Ju-jitsu to further his martial arts knowledge and training.