Our focus

Kokoro Karate Do is a Japanese style of karate founded by Shihan A. Fredericks. The style is based on Seido Karate founded by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, which is based on Kyokushin Karate founded by Sosai Mas Oyama, who studied under Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi, who brought karate to mainland Japan and founder of JKA Shotokan Karate. Shihan A. Fredericks has studied under Kaicho Nakamura, making her a 4th generation karatika. A superior form of physical exercise and self-defense. Kokoro Karate is a complete program of physical and mental conditioning which is safe and effective for persons of all ages.
Physical Fitness

Kokoro Karate Do is the ultimate in physical conditioning; it combines the benefits of aerobics, weight training, running, and swimming. Kokoro Karate Do improves your cardiovascular system, increases muscular strength and tone, and develops flexibility and coordination. In a matter of weeks, training in Kokoro Karate Do can give you a renewed feeling and an appearance of health and fitness.

Kokoro Karate Do Philosophy

The goal at Kokoro Karate Do is the physical, mental, and spiritual growth of its students. We are looking for highly motivated people who are interested in improving themselves both physically and mentally. At Kokoro Karate Do, the competition is with yourself not others, our goal only is that each day when you leave you are a little better than when you came.


Kokoro Karate Do is the one of the most effective and efficient forms of self-defense available. You learn to use your entire body as a weapon, developing the ability to defend yourself against assailants much larger and stronger than yourself. Men and women, old and young, have all found Kokoro Karate Do to be a practical solution to the dangers of increasing crime and violence. Begin to experience a safety and confidence that comes with being able to protect yourself and those you care about.

Who is Kokoro Karate for?

Age, sex, physical condition, and body strength are not important. We welcome all types of students: men, women, and children from all walks of life. Each progresses at their own pace. Everyone has different reasons for training in karate and this is taken into account. Previous karate training is not necessary, since special beginners’ classes are available. Special classes are also provided for children to meet their needs. We try to make class safe and fun, while enhancing self-discipline and self-respect and developing important self-defense abilities.

About US

Mission Statement: To provide quality instruction and training in self-defense and Japanese Karate specifically Kokoro Karate Do in southeastern Pike and northeastern Monroe Counties of Pennsylvania.

Pocono Mountain Lake Estates 2095 Milford Rd Bushkill, PA 18324

Our Team

Shihan April I. Fredericks
Shihan April I. Fredericks
Rokudan 6th degree black belt

Shihan A. Fredericks

Shihan A. Fredericks owns and operates A-1 Karate Do LLC. Shihan A. Fredericks has been training for over 35 year. She began her training at the World Seido Karate Organization Honbu [headquarters] NYC in April of 1980 at the age of 30. She trained directly under Kaicho [Founder] Tadashi Nakamura starting in June, 1983 at 4th Kyu, Green Belt. She became an assistant instructor at Seido Honbu in 1988, assisting at Friday morning kata [forms] class. She attained the rank of Shodan 1st degree black belt from Seido on March 20, 1988. Sensei Fredericks established her own school, Seido Long Island, at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Roosevelt NY in August of 1990. She attained the rank of Nidan on December 9th 1990. She became an instructor at Honbu February 22, 1992, teaching the Friday morning kata class. She then taught and trained at the Women’s Center Karate Club with Denise Williams, Sensei, JKA Shotokan from June 1995 – September 1997. She is a member National Women’s Martial Arts Federation. She owns and operates her own business A-1 Karate Do LLC. She has a community program in Pocono Mountain Lake Estates in Bushkill.

Nidan 2nd degree Black Belt

Sempai Maximus X. Lucard, Nidan 2nd degree Black Belt

Sempai Maximus Lucard received his brown belt in Shotokan, Jujitsu, and Arnis from Sonny Mayo. He also trained for over a year in Muay Thai, Pakua, Kendo, and Aido. He earned his Shodan, 1st degree, rank in Shotokan in 2000 and Kyokushin in 2011. His diversified training and knowledge of Shotokan is a great contribution to Kokoro Karate Do and has been thereby awarded Nidan, 2nd Degree February 19, 2016 in Kokoro Karate Do.