Sensei Thomas Schmid, Chief Instructor


Sensei Thomas Schmid, Chief Instructor (since 2023), 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, is a Villari’s Certified Instructor (2010).

Sensei Thomas began his Karate training in Germany in 1978 and earned his Black Belt in Shotokan Karate in 1989.

Sensei Thomas served in the German Military Special Forces (1988-1999).

He earned his 2nd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan in 2002 in Hawaii.

Sensei Thomas has won first place in numerous International Karate Tournaments in Kata (Philadelphia International Tournament in 2012, Rhode Island International Tournament in 2013, Philadelphia International Tournament in 2014). He also won first place in over five different Villari Tournaments for Kata.

Sensei Thomas is also a carpenter and contractor.


The Villari Connection:

Sensei Thomas brought his son to a Karate Birthday Party at Villari’s in 2005 and was impressed with how Master Jesse worked with all the kids.

He signed his son up for classes here at Villari’s and joined adult classes to train with Master Jesse.

Sensei Thomas went through Instructor Training with Master Jesse,

worked with our Demo Team and taught classes at our school (2007-2012).

Sensei Thomas has taken on the role of Chief Instructor of Villari’s Martial Arts, Middletown in 2023.




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