Satori means “Enlightenment” or “Realization.” It is what we work towards when we train in the martial arts.
Satori Dojo is a martial arts school unlike any in the area. First, we are not a business designed and run to make a profit. Satori Dojo is a non-profit martial arts school that has faithfully served the Phoenixville community since 1994. While there are many admirable youth and civic organizations in Phoenixville, including sports and fitness activities, service clubs, and educational programs, Satori Dojo is unique among them in that it combines aspects of them all.
Second, Satori Dojo’s founder and driving force, Phoenixville native Joe Varady, is not just any karate instructor. In addition to being a world-class martial artist (check out his extensive bio page here), Grandmaster Joe was a professional teacher with a Masters Degree in Education and over a decade of classroom instruction. He has over 35 years of experience in the martial arts. In 2016 he was promoted to Sixth Degree Black Belt in Cuong Nhu Martial Arts, and in 2021 to Seventh Degree Black Belt in Universal Systems of Martial Arts. During that time, he has stayed very active, winning many local and national competitions, and even a world championship in 2015! He is a member of the Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and the acclaimed author of three books on the martial arts, The Art and Science of Staff Fighting, The Art and Science of Stick Fighting, and The Art and Science of Self Defense.
Staffed by professional educators, Satori Dojo offers an affordable, personalized learning experience in a club-like, family-friendly atmosphere.