Okinawan Temple Karate Studio
keeping the tradition alive
200 Pleasant View Ave., Smithfield, RI
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Traditional Karate Training -
The Way It Was Meant to Be.
Over 40 Years Experience
Stimulate Your Mind & Body
with Okinawan Karate
SENSEI AL GAGNE
Teaching "Matsumura Orthodox Shorin-Ryu Karate" in Rhode Island since 1972
Sensei Al Gagne can be reached on his cell at 401-965-3044.
Sensei Al Gagne began his karate training in 1969 while serving in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in New Mexico. In 1972 he attained the rank of Sho-Dan (1st Degree Black Belt), and 3 months later was honorably discharged. Upon returning to Rhode Island, he began his formal karate instruction at the YMCA and YWCA in Woonsocket.
In 1974 he was promoted to Ni-Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) by his first teacher, Vince Weigand, Yon-Dan (4th Degree Black Belt). Mr. Weigand studied under Fusei Kise and Hohan Soken while in the U.S. Army and serving in Okinawa.
In 1976, Sensei Gagne attended a karate seminar conducted by Sensei James H. Coffman, Nana-Dan, (7th Degree Black Belt) in Clairemont, New Hampshire. Upon completion of the seminar, Sensei Gagne joined S.M.O.K.A. (Shorin-Ryu Matsumura Orthodox Karate Association) and was accepted into Sensei Coffman’s Dojo.
In 1977, Sensei Gagne attained the rank of San-Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt). Sensei Gagne then traveled from Rhode Island to Maryland several times a year to train with Sensei Coffman.
In 1980 Sensei Gagne hosted his first Annual Karate Seminar conducted by Sensei James H. Coffman. Students from Maryland, Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island came to attend this seminar.
In 1984 he attained his Yon-Dan rank (4th Degree).
In 1994 he attained his Go-Dan rank (5th Degree).
On May 20, 2005, Sensei Gagne was promoted to Roku-Dan (6th Degree).
Sensei Gagne has been teaching Karate for over 47 years and is still teaching the same traditional Okinawan karate system today. He has opened Dojos throughout Rhode Island and currently has a branch in Florida. Sensei Gagne is a retired Correction Officer from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu,
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