Our Story

Our Story

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WE ARE Magnus Karate

Magnus Karate has proudly operated in Chester County, PA for over 10 years offering top quality physical training, and engaging, live virtual classes every week.

Custom Fit – We use modern educational philosophy and methodology, paired with time-tested, world-class traditional Okinawan martial arts to ensure that every student receives the best training for their developmental stage, and individual needs. Students are taught at a high level, and receive personal attention from our instructors in every class. Multiple classes are offered each week for every age and skill level.

Many options – Magnus Karate teaches authentic, practical Okinawan martial arts at the highest level, and boasts a complete, progressive curriculum so that students build incredible physical ability, as well as practical skills in self defense. We offer youth and adult classical martial arts, weapon arts training, striking and kicking arts, ground grappling, mediation, and Qigong. We pride ourselves in student growth and development – our curriculum is packed with material that works for everyone.

Learn to Lead –Beyond martial arts, we offer a world-class leadership program that deepens young peoples’ sense of self, dramatically improves social confidence, and builds priceless public speaking skills at an early age. Leadership students have become leaders both in our academy, and their academic environments, and have been accepted at such prestigious institutions as Harvard University, the US Naval Academy, the Yale University, and more. Our leadership training is rooted in proven methodology, and is one of the best investments you can make in your child’s development.

Building Instructors – We do not hire from the outside, and all of our instructional team members are current students at Magnus Karate, often with a decade or more of experience, and have taken part in every aspect of the Magnus Karate Journey. They have not only learned the Magnus method, they have lived it, and they are passionate about passing their knowledge and skills to the next generation of Magnus leaders.

Effort, Responsibility, Confidence – Our three primary core values. Every class centers around these guiding principles of life development. We want all Magnus Karate students to feel confidence every time they enter our dojo.

Our Business Model – No Contracts – Month to Month Payment Options – Quality Instruction every class. All of our students are here because they love our program, and we want you to love it too.

Meet the instructor

Mike Pannulla, Sensei is the owner and head instructor of Magnus Karate located in West Chester, PA. A lifelong dedicated student of the martial arts, Mike has been practicing actively and consistently for over 26 years.

Since his young high school years, Mike has made teaching and advancing his understanding of karate his professional mission. Beginning his martial arts training in the fifth grade under John McManus, Sabomnim (Odyssey Karate – Coatesville, PA), Mike fell in love with martial arts practice and by the end of High School knew that he would teach karate full time.

Currently Sensei holds multiple black belt certification ranks and is a dedicated student of Kyoshi Tony D’Angelo (Endokan Hombu Dojo – New Lenox, IL) studying Okinwana Shobayashi Shorin Ryu as his base art. Under the guidance of Bill Hayes, Hanshi and Tony D’Angelo, Kyoshi Mike is an active member of the Shobayshi-Kan, an international martial arts organization promoting the cultural values of the Okinawan people and the martial art of karate-do.

With over 10,000 hours of teaching experience, Mike prides himself on the development of every student he teaches at Magnus Karate. Sensei has developed every aspect of the Magnus Karate method of youth instruction and has established a foundations and advanced levels curriculum for all teen and adult participants. As a program director and developer Mike created the Magnus Karate Leadership Team in 2013 as a way to bring select students together for an opportunity to learn leadership and instructor skills.

As a lifelong student of the arts, Mike also participates and cross-trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Filipino Martial Arts (FMA / Eksrima), Classical Okinawan Weapons Arts, Ngo Cho Kun (Five Ancestors Fist Boxing), and functional training. 

Currently Mike is enrolled in a Doctorate Level Medical Qigong (a variation of Traditional Chinese Medicine) under his teacher Dr. Tony D’Angelo. Currently a six year practitioner of Chinese Inner Arts, Mike is a developed Qigong and mediation student. He currently teaches Qigong at Magnus Karate and offers medical Qigong treatments and breakthrough sessions privately.

Outside of his professional life as an entrepreneur and full times martial arts instructor / business owner, Mike enjoys his personal time with

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