April 29th, 2020 marks a sad day for the martial arts community.
After 25 years in business, Shihan Marty Petrovich of Maine Kyokushin Karate announced the closing of his dojo located at 29 Main St, Norway, Maine,
The covid-19 pandemic has shut down martial arts schools all throughout the U.S.A. Without students attending classes, it is next to impossible to keep up with months and months of ongoing business expenses. To top it off, our own Federal and State agencies have provided no help to small businesses such as ours. So with all of this, Shihan Marty made the toughest decision of his career. Close the doors to his dojo and relinquish the keys to the landlord.
Shihan thanked all who have supported Maine Kyokushin Karate in a heartfelt and emotional message. Where does his dojo go from here? Shihan stressed the importance of you continuing your journey in the martial arts way. He may have had to physically leave the dojo but he and his students will certainly be back in the game as soon as they can.
Shihan Marty has been a respected friend to Danbury Kanreikai Karate, and as we share in his sadness, we also celebrate what a wonderful martial artist he is and all the support he has provided thousands of students over the years.
Danbury Kanreikai very much looks forward to what is next in store for Shihan Marty, his team and all his students.