Starr’s Black Belt Academy practices a traditional Japanese style of Karate. Operated by founder and Chief Instructor Kyoshi Thomas L. Starr. Kyoshi Starr has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years.

Kyoshi Starr has earned the rank 3rd Dan Black Belt in the Kokoro-Kan Karate Organization, and also earned the rank of 4th Dan in the U.S. Budokai Karate Association, both traditional Japanese Karate styles.

In 2006 Starr was promoted to 6th Dan when he received the title of Shihan. This promotion was through Shihan Paul Fracchia through the Matsukazi Shito Ryu Karate Organization. Starr has trained in other karate systems, expanding his knowledge and teaching methods by exposure to not one, but many professional karate instructors by sharing experiences, self-defense techniques, and philosophies.

On June 2, 2013, Starr was promoted to his 7th Dan under the United States Shihan Kai Organization. The Asian Instructor title is “Kyoshi”, which means Professor – Master Instructor.

Kyoshi Starr is affiliated with and an Administrator and Board Member of the US Shihan Kai Organization and Kyusho National for higher ranks of all traditional organizations to learn and grow in their education of the martial arts. Any instructor or higher rank interested, please feel free to contact me at