East Morris Karate Academy

Short version (188 words)

 

Martial arts professional, Sal Musco

 

Sal Musco’s martial arts journey began in 1974. Back then, “everybody was Kung Fu fighting” and there were still people around who actually hadn’t yet heard of Bruce Lee.

 

At age 26, Sal enrolled in one of the newly emerging karate schools hoping to learn a few moves and maybe gain some self-confidence. He hadn’t planned on changing his life. Then again, neither had he expected the rare, honest-to-goodness karate sensei he encountered.

 

Today, Sal is Head Instructor of East Morris Karate Academy where he shares with his own students how to best employ the Martial Art and the Martial Way for personal success. In fact, he’s also taken his chosen career to another level with a totally new concept, the Martial Solutions Project.

As a professional speaker, writer and consultant, Sal’s shows mainstream audiences and clients how they too can apply martial concepts, strategy, culture and abilities to improve their business and personal situations. MSP offers a practical twist on self-defense with bottom line implications.

 

Sal lives in Rockaway, NJ – just 10 miles, and half a lifetime, from where his journey began.

 

 

Long version (588 words)

 

Martial arts professional, Sal Musco

 

Sal Musco’s martial arts journey began in 1974. Back then, “everybody was Kung Fu fighting” and there were still people around who actually hadn’t yet heard of Bruce Lee.

 

At age 26, Sal enrolled in one of the newly emerging karate schools. He’d put it off for family and career and now hoped to finally fulfill a childhood desire – learn some self-defense and maybe gain a little self-confidence. Sal hadn’t planned on changing his whole life. Then again, neither had he expected the rare, honest-to-goodness karate sensei he encountered.

 

During the next 10 years, Sal grew from an enthusiastic karate student into a dedicated student teacher. He competed regularly in local area tournaments with good success in forms competition, and also developed a reputation as “the old man” among the 18 year olds in the sparring divisions. According to Sal, “Youth and vigor can always be overcome by trickery and deceit. Old tigers don’t get to be old by accident, you know.”

 

Yet, Sal’s first love always remained “the stuff” beyond the punching and kicking. Time after time he witnessed his teacher change lives, sometimes with just a few words. Sal eventually began investigating martial history, culture, philosophy and strategy as he came to realize a much broader definition for the term self defense. Along the way, he also managed to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University, but in 1984 any ambition for a 9 to 5 lifestyle vanished. With the untimely passing of his teacher, Sal understood there was only one kind of work for him now. Yet, one day his business degree would still play its part.

 

Today, Sal is Head Instructor of East Morris Karate Academy where he shares with his own students how to best employ the Martial Art and the Martial Way for personal success. Hundreds have benefited from applying his lessons to everything from personal issues to executive leadership development. In fact, at his student’s insistence, Sal finally took his teaching to another level by launching a totally new training concept, the Martial Solutions Project.

 

As a professional speaker, writer and consultant, Sal’s shows mainstream audiences and clients how they too can apply martial concepts, strategy, culture and abilities to improve their business and personal situations. MSP offers a practical twist on self-defense with bottom line implications. Sal’s audiences have included the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, New Jersey Education Association, and New York Tri-State Speakers Association.

 

Sal’s martial arts studies lead him to Okinawa on three separate occasions, not only to train with a number of prominent teachers, but to research the history and culture of the art, the island and its people. While there, he discovered many things: Karate kids, the world over, make the same mistakes in class. Okinawan chickens are as mean as junkyard dogs, and roam the streets freely. (Like anyone was really going to try and stop them!)

 

Karate training should be rigorous at times, but never brutal. The Okinawan people are as wonderful as you’ll find anywhere on earth. Everything you read about the purpose of martial arts is mostly true; mostly everything Americans are lead to believe about it isn’t. Okinawans give Americans nicknames so they will remember them years later. And, just like in your old neighborhood, the name is often something of an inside joke. Sal earned two.

 

Sal lives in Rockaway, NJ – just 10 miles, and over half a lifetime, from where his journey began.

 

Contact:

Sal Musco

973.884.2224