How it all started…“At age 13, days before my entering High School, I was playing basketball with a friend. As it was often, at that age, we managed to get the ball wedged between the backboard and the rim. We noticed a man walking his German Shepard, who we asked to help get the ball down. He asked us to hold the leash for his dog, then he proceeded to jump up and kick the ball free. This was my first introduction to Don Nagle and Isshinryu Karate. Later, during my high school freshman orientation, at ‘Father & Son’ night, I witness Mr. Nagle and his team perform an incredible karate demonstration. I was ‘hooked’… I started Karate lessons at the Isshinryu Karate Dojo in Bayonne, New Jersey. That was almost 50 years age.” - Sensei Robert E. McKittrick, M.D.
Born in 1955, Sensei Robert E. McKittrick began studying Isshinryu Karate-do just after his 14th birthday, in Bayonne, New Jersey. He trained and competed with some of the best black belts in the country, and often said ‘the Bayonne Dojo’ was full of the best fighters in the world… that nobody ever heard of”. After high school, Sensei McKittrick graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s “Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic” program and worked for several years in the underserved communities of Bayonne, Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey.
In 1980, Sensei McKittrick graduated the New Jersey State Police Academy as the 97th NJSP ‘Most Outstanding Recruit’ and began working as a NJ State Trooper. He served in several duty stations and later was also an instructor in the very academy that he graduated from.
In 1984, Sensei McKittrick left the NJSP and entered Brown University. At this Ivy League Institution, he earned a bachelor’s degree in ‘Neural Science’ and a ‘Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.). Now, Doctor McKittrick trained in Internal Medicine and Neurology, and after postgraduate training joined the United States Army. He served in Europe, the Balkins (Kosovo) and the Middle East (during Iraqi Freedom). After Military service, Dr. McKittrick was in private practice until he joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he worked his way up the latter to Chief in Washington, D.C.
On the sports side, Sensei McKittrick’s was the Chief Sports Physician, Department of Racing and Athletics for the State of Rhode Island where his responsibilities included medical and surgical evaluations and treatments within the scope of sports/ringside medicine. He was former team physician for the U.S. National/Olympic Boxing Team/U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S.A. Representative of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) International Medical Commission. He is currently associated with the United States Amateur Boxing/USA Boxing out of Colorado Springs, CO.
Sensei McKittrick is happily married with twin daughters.