WTKO Instructor of the Month


 Dr. Alex Sternberg 7th dan

The founder and chief instructor of Shotokan Karate USA


Dr. Sternberg in deep meditation, looking at a cloud.  Check his website for explanation

DR. ALEX STERNBERG is a member of the International ShihankaiHe began his karate training in 1962 at the tender age of 12, attaining the rank of Shodan in 1968 under Master George Cofield, one of America's early Karate pioneers. Dr. Sternberg was a prominent competitor from the 1960s through the early 1980s, winning close to 90 national and international events, including a bronze medal at the 1969 World Championships. Coaching United States National teams in World Championships, Junior and Senior Pan American, and Maccabiah Games, he has produced more medal winners than any other American coach.

Holding a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and a Doctorate in Sports Science, he is also Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory in the Health Science Center of Brooklyn (Downstate Medical Center), and works with asthmatic children in the Asthma Center of Excellence. Shihan Sternberg currently teaches karate to students of all ages and levels at his dojo in Lawrence, NY, and holds several annual competitions--most notably the Big Apple Challenge--which draws athletes from across the world.

Dr. Sternberg lends his considerable experience and enthusiasm to the WTKO.  He has been a friend of John Mullin WTKO Executive Chairman since the early 60's and has joined him in the WTKO.  Mullin says of Dr. Sternberg that "we were training partners for 5 years in the late 80's and early 90's and got to know each other well.  Dr. Sternberg is a serious karate man and has always trained hard and leads by example".  Mullin also said "he is a karate pioneer and an excellent instructor and coach evidenced by the many success and champions he has produced."  

A younger version of Dr. Sternberg.