R. Scott Klinger began his training February 4, 1974 in Isshinryu Karate; in 1982 was promoted to First Degree Black Belt and began teaching for his teacher Dale Jenkins in Kenvil, NJ. He is now an 8th Degree Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate through Nick Adler and a First Degree Black belt in Okinawan Weapons. Scott has traveled to Okinawa, Japan to train with world renowned Master Angi Uezu. Scott has trained in many different Arts including Judo and Jiu-jitsu, Kali, and Thai Boxing.
He opened East West Karate Academy in Byram in 1989 and then Sparta in 1993 and currently has a student population of over 300; he is Chief Instructor and President at the Academy; he has developed, trained and promoted 78 Sho Dans (Black Belts) and maintains and continuously improves an intensive Jr. Black Belt program for early teen Karate development.
Since 1995, has been a top National kata (forms) and weapons and fighting competitor; he is also the director of the Annual Karate camp at Camp Canadensis, PA, which is an intensive five day program for over 100 students.
Some of his awards include Instructor Award from Okinawa, Japan in 1994, First Degree Black Belt Okinawan Kempo Kobudo (Reading, PA) in 1997, American Council of Martial Arts Certification in 2000, Tactical Master Instructor in CDT “Non Lethal Force Certification in 2001, “Survive” Instructor Certification in Last Resort Tactics and NJ State AAU Champion in Kata, Kumite & Weapons in 2002 and 2007 State Champion in fighting and forms, Instructor Certificate from LIU in 2003 and Chief Referee AAU Regional Karate Championships. He is the recipient of the Samurai Spirit Award in 1997 for his ability to place in all three categories (forms, weapons, sparring) time and time again.
He was inducted into the AOKA (American Okinawan Karate Association) Hall of Fame in 1999 as a Master Instructor and Silver Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, he was also Grand Champion-Karate International Association Championships, New Orleans in 2004. AOKA Hall of Fame 2007 as “Teacher of the Year.” Don Nagel Karate Championships 2007 1st place winner in Masters Forms.
He has brought his expertise to many age groups in the community such as Woman’s Self Defense and Rape Awareness seminars; has designed a program for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy for Overlook Hospital and was on prime time TV with Al Roker for this program. Mr Klinger has held demonstrations and lectures on martial arts, self defense and family protection for many educational, athletic and social organizations throughout New Jersey.
Mr. Klinger finds most of his pride through his students. They have always displayed a fierce and respectful attitude in competition no matter the age or rank. Scott lives in Fredon, NJ with his wife Jackie and 2 Children, Nicholas 14 and Brooke 11.