The ancient name for dragonfly was 'kachimushi'. 'Kachi' means 'victory' and 'mushi' means 'insect'. Therefore samurai used to like to use the motif of the dragonfly as a symbol of victory.


AAU Membership 2017-18

Sensei Amelia H Lint (Sandan) National Champion 2013.

​​My name is Amelia Lint and I am currently a 7th grader. I started karate when I was in 2nd grade becouse my friends were doing it. They quit but I continued becouse I love doing Karate. That is when I join Team Ronin.That was the best decision I have ever made. I love being part of the team and the members are very supportive of each other. I also love to play soccer and swim but karate is my favorite activity. I like what karate teaches me. It teaches me not only how to perform katas but it also teaches me dicipline and patience.

Sensei Xavier Unkovic (Sandan)

​​My name is Xavier Unkovic.  I am the Global President for Mars Drinks, a Mars, Incorporated company.  Based out of the global headquarters nearby Philadelphia in West Chester, PA, I develop and drive the Drinks business segment strategy, deliver key commitments to Mars, Incorporated

At Mars Drinks, we create great tasting moments at work.  Mars Drinks thinks the workday can be so much more than the daily grind.  That’s why we’re 100% dedicated to the workplace and to creating new and inspiring ways to help people come together to achieve great results.   

It is our goal to support businesses who want to provide great working environments for their people. Mars Drinks does this through our workplace-designed, hassle-free technologies and products delivering on taste and choice, our commitment to sustainability and our focus on driving empowerment and belonging in the workplace.

Mars Drinks is an integral part of the Mars, Incorporated which include some of the world’s most loved brands such as M&M’s®, Snickers®, Uncle Ben’s®, Juicy Fruit®, and Skittles®. 

One of my passion is Karate. Originally going into martial arts was a way to better bond with my sun when he was seven years old. Now he just turned 13 and both of us are still practicing the art. Overtime the discipline of Shotokan Karate became much more important for me particularly how it relates to leadership. Especially for the awareness piece. Karate is about being in the moment, in the present time. In leadership you have two dimensions, the moment and the future and awareness in the moment is as critical as being able to build sustainable business strategies. It is of course very important to paint the right strategy but equally important to be capable of executing them, and therefore to be able to engage with your team in the present time fully aware on the impact you are creating in your organization. On a personal front it is also important to understand that you need time to pause, enjoy the present time and regroup with yourself. This is what Karate has also provided me, ability to better reflect, relax you mind and meditate.  Karate has also brought me more humility towards continuous learning especially learning through others, respect of each individual especially your opponent, compassion and patience a virtue modern society have lost. Karate makes you a better person


Nelson Alers - Kyoshi
Sensei Nelson was born in Puerto Rico. He served in USA Army, and received honorable discharge in 1984. Sensei is a life member of  The American Legion Post no. 0945 and the Disabled American Veterans Philadelphia Chapter # 14. He studied in the Inter- American University of Puerto Rico and was inducted to the Hall of Fame of  the North America Federation Of Martial Arts in 2006 and the Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honor in 2012. Mr. Alers has won several major competitions in various parts of United States and the Caribbean. Sensei Nelson Alers is the president of the USA Traditional Karate Federation affiliated to the World Karate Confederation (WKC). He is a member and coach of the USA National Karate-Do Federation. Sensei Alers has been selected to help all the students of the JTBC achieve the highest instructions in the Delaware valley. Sensei Alers holds the rank of Schichi dan (7th Degree black belt) in Shotokan Karate-do and the instructor title of Kyoshi (Knowledgeable person) by the WKC (World Karate Confederation) but he also has ranks in kendo, judo and iaido. (the use of the samurai swords). He is currently the number one competitor in the NSKA, WKUHOF for the year 2006, 2007 and 2008. Sensei Nelson Alers was promoted to 7th degree by AKA (American Karate Association - AKA ID 07-3175) in April 2013. The Georgia National Karate Federation (GEO-1770) has tested and validated his rank internationally on January 25, 2017. 

"I love to teach and learn. I train everyday because Karate is a life long journey. Karate is like hot water, you have to apply heat to keep it hot. Karate for me is not a sport but a way of life. My life's dream was to build an affordable school where the students don't need to pay a crazy amount of money to learn karate-do. I don't water down my teachings, it is raw and uncut, so everybody learns the real thing.  The best thing about karate is that contrary to baseball, football or any organized team sport is that you never sit at the bench. I invite everybody young and old to come and try Shotokan Karate. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain". Sensei Nelson Alers.