Sensei Charles “Chuck” Duarte has been a member of the Order of Isshin-ryu since 2001, training under Sensei Diane Ortenzio-Cooling in Isshin-Ryu Karate. Sensei Duarte earned his shodan (black belt) in February 2008 and his nidan (second degree black belt) in August 2011.
He currently teaches the adult/teen classes and Karate Kids classes at Sierra Dojo. He also teaches the Women’s Self Defense and Kids Quick Defense seminars. He first started in the fighting arts in Hawaii as a child studying judo, and later learned boxing from his father. He later went on to study Shorin-Ryu karate under Sensei Tommy Morita and Sensei Mitch Shimamura at the Nuuanu YMCA in Honolulu. He also studies Kosho-Ryu Kenpo Jujitsu under Sensei Mike Bern at the Sierra Dojo. Sensei Duarte is the proud father of two black belts in the Order of Isshin-ryu, Christopher and Kevin Duarte.