There is nothing outside yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker or smarter. Everything is within.
— Myamoto Musashi
A great instructor helps to bring out what is already with you

Tom Carrano

Chief Instructor for Hoteikan Brooklyn Location, 8th Degree Black Belt in the Hoteikan System of Martial Arts, U.S.J.A. Black Belt, Licensed Massage Therapist (Shiatsu), Graduate of the Cornell Leadership program, Over 30 year career with the transit and TWU local 100.

He is an 8th degree black belt who began training in the arts at age 11. Shihan Carrano's been teaching the martial arts for over 25 years. He is Hoteikan Dojo's chief instructor in Bayridge Brooklyn and oversees all classes, teaches the Black belt class and the instructors/leadership program.

Well versed in Karate and Jujitsu, Shihan Carrano is well known and respected by his peers in the martial arts. His love and expertise in the martial arts is evident in his teaching. He teaches all ages and levels and conducts learning in a strict but fun and creative environment. He has instructed and trained winners of Regional, National, and World Championship levels. Not only does Shihan Carrano train students; he himself trained and competed in numerous tournaments. He's actively involved in the community and volunteers his time helping students in public schools with a bully buster program. He's a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Shiatsu. A mechanic by trade where he's applied his skills as a mechanic, crane operator, inspector, , union chairmen and subway safety director. Shihan Carrano is also the founder of the X-treme Team Martial Arts league, graduate of Cornell's leadership program, a husband, father & grandfather.



John Reddick

Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

 Associate Dean, after school director and founding board member of the Harlem Link Charter School, New York City Housing Authority Environmental Education Instructor, 8th degree Black Belt in the Hoteikan System of Martial Arts, and one of the original Hoteikan Members.

Sensei John Reddick was awarded his Black Belt in 1973 at the American Judo and Karate Academy on 33 St. in NYC. His rank was awarded by Sensei Tom Purdy, Bob Hasman and Emilio Claudio. After this great achievement of black belt Sensei John was awarded another great opportunity to work alongside his sensei's in The Oriental World of Self-Defense. For the next 15 years he was able to continue on a long journey performing for The Oriental World of Self-Defense all around the world.  Some of his most noteable moments include performing for the openening of the World Trade Center in 1973 with his Sensei Bob Hasman and Sensei Emilio Claudio (this picture is show on our history page) and In 1974 Sensei Reddick was sent to Brazil where he had the honor to work with the Gracie Family. 

     In the years to come Sensei Reddick would continue his legacy of performing, demonstrating and conducting workshops for organizations such as the N.Y.C. Dept. of Corrections for officers, and the prestigious West Point Military Judo team. In 1996 Sensei Reddick was asked to teach at The N.Y.C. Police Academy with his partner Sensei Elba “ Cookie” Melendez for two years with the D.E.R.E. Program. In recent years he has been doing demos and workshops for 9th and 28th Pcts of The N.Y.C. Police Dept.

    Sensei John continues to be a great role model and continues to help give back to the youth of our communities and Hoteikan family. Sensei John is always found contributing his time to give back what the martial arts has given to him. 

  In January, 2014 Sensei John Reddick was inducted into “The Martial Arts Hall of Fame”.


Anthony Carrano

Photo Credit:  dimnikolov

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

C.S.C.S, M.S. Kinesiology, B.S. Physical Education, Hoteikan System of Martial Arts Instructor and 3rd Degree Black Belt, NYC DOE Physical Educator and Health Teacher, former PSAL Track and Field Coach and U.S.J.A Nikkyu  


At the age of 3 years old Anthony put on his first uniform and began training under his father Shihan Tom Carrano. Under his father and many other sensei's, Anthony had the lucky experience of training with the Hoteikan family for his whole life. The dojo has and always will be a second home to him. Currently, Anthony is a 3rd degree black belt and ranked in the U.S.J.A (United States Judo Association) as a Nikkyu, he has coached, competed, and placed in numerous competitions ranging from AAU Karate Nationals Competition, Judo Collegiate Nationals, Full Contact Kickboxing at the Capitale, Extreme Team MMA, and many local and open tournaments. He is certified under the Hoteikan Instructor course, and has taught for the Hoteikan System since the age the age of 17. Outside of the dojo, Anthony also leads as a professional in the field of health and fitness as an Physical Education Instructional Coach for the Department of Education. There he helps to improve quality physical education throughout NYC public schools. He leads by example and is a positive role model for the youth our neighborhoods.    

Rebecca Carrano


 M.S. Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education teacher for the NYC DOE, 3rd Degree Black Belt for the Hoteiakan System of Martial Arts, Head Cardio Kickboxing Instructor. 


(Lil'Dragons/Cardio Kickboxing) - Rebecca is a second degree Black Belt and is the first female adult to receive a Black Belt with the Hoteikan System. She has taken seminars with Tae Boe's famous Billy Blanks, Kickboxing Champion Kathy Long and Super Foot Bill Wallace. Rebecca's Cardio Kickboxing classes are intense but rewarding. She has been a Kickboxing instructor for over 10 years and has trained in the martial arts for 13 years. She is also a certified coach and has assisted coaching Hoteikan Dojo's tournament team. She enjoys training hard and effectively. She teaches private lessons, Lil'Dragons and adult Kickboxing classes . She holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and has utilized her expertise in childhood development to construct a Lil'Dragon's Pre-Karate program, specifically for children ages 3-5 years old. She has currently implemented a book reading program, which is held once a month, connecting literacy and character development to karate training. Rebecca is a licensed Early Childhood Educator, and is currently teaching in a NYC public school. Not only is Rebecca a mother, and a wife, she has also fought the greatest fight a woman could fight, Breast Cancer.

Roberto Sequiera

Martial Art Professor at Brooklyn College, B.S. Political Science, 2nd degree Black Belt, Certified level 1 Martial Art Instructor

Roberto is currently a Nidan (Second Degree Blackbelt) working towards his Sandan. He has been at the dojo since 2006. The dojo has raised him as a student and instructor of the Hoteikan System of Martial Arts. He has performed in demonstrations for the NYPD and has competed in Judo and Karate tournaments. Roberto has taught self-defense classes for NYPD Auxiliary Officers, Harlem Link Charter School, NYCHA, and CUNY Brooklyn College.  

"All questions will be answered in training" 



Ryan Berenger

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Ryan is currently a Sandan (Third Degree Blackbelt) working towards his Yandan.  He has been training in the Hoteikan System of Martial Arts since 1997 and earned his Shodan in 2001.  Ryan has over 18 years experience in the Martial Arts.  Nicknamed Iron Ryan, he combines weightlifting and his nutritional knowledge for his hardcore training style, intensity and toughness.  Ryan has competed and received medals in AAU Martial Arts Tournaments. He has also trained competitors, served as a judge in tournaments and participated in many seminars. Ryan has also taught many Self Defense courses. When training with Sensei Ryan, you are guaranteed to receive a great workout combined with developing strong technique in Karate, Jujitsu and Judo.


Danial Notwicz

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Sensei Dan was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Starting Martial Arts at the Hoteikan dojo after it was recommended by a friend, he has over 15 years worth of experience in the system.

Sensei Dan has been teaching classes since earning his first degree and is currently working towards his third degree. Outside of the dojo, Dan is pursuing certification in personal training and doing tutoring. Other interests include playing guitar, learning computer coding, reading and travel.

Only by constantly exposing myself to someone better than I have I been able to improve. It is inspiring to know that even the masters have masters, and that we are all learners
— Joe Hyams

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