Shihan Durand Howard

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9th Degree Black Belt and Director of Blue Life Karate. Precise in his teaching yet warm in his delivery, Durand has the ability to teach the core principles with an element of fun that keeps kids and families coming back. His personal achievements include:

  • 12 Time NJ State Karate Champion
  • 3 Time World Champion
  • 2 Time National Champion
  • Member: U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • Member: World Karate Union Hall of Fame
  • Member: Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame
  • Certified Combat Pekiti Tirsia Kali Silat Master Instructor



Master Sensei Ashley J. Howard

is a 5th Degree Black belt, has over 23 years of experience.

She is one of the senior Instructors who is 4X New Jersey State karate Champion, 1X World Champion and has been inducted into the Action Martial arts Hall of Fame






Master Sensei Justin D. Howard

He is a Senior Instructor with over 21 years experience. He is 5X New Jersey State Champion, 2X World Champion






Sensei Kayla Johnson

1st Degree Black Belt

Has over 9 years experience






Sensei Noah Stevens

1st Degree Black Belt

Has over 9 years experience




Welcome Families!

At Blue Life Karate, we understand the difference between the training needs of children and the training needs of adults. The curriculum for children is structured to be exciting and fun, with the added bonus of building a set of life skills such as focus, discipline and accountability that is invaluable. We do this through our children’s Blue Life Budo Ninjutsu program. The curriculum for adults is structured to teach realistic self defense application for possible personal protection by the study of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, a close-quarters combat system which is in my study the most effective system available.Thank you for visiting Blue Life Karate and Kickboxing Centers. We are proud to be the area’s most preferred Martial Arts training center for children, teens, and their parents.

We achieve this mission by teaching the martial arts as a complete discipline of mind, body, and spirit. Our training methods are fun, informative, and are engaging for the whole family.

If you are interested and would like to explore martial arts as an avenue to enhance your mind, body and spirit, please feel free to browse our web site and sign up for a free intro class. I am sure that your experience will be a rewarding one.

Explore our Classes or Sign up for a Trial Class

Warm Regards,

Shihan Durand Howard