Kyoshi Robin McColley
5th Degree Black Belt
Kyoshi Robin McColley moved to the Ithaca area in 1991 and began her training in Seido Karate in May, 1993. She achieved the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1996, and began teaching basics, kumite and kickboxing classes for both adults and children. Kyoshi Robin has been a direct student of Kaicho Nakamura since 2003.
In 2005, she started the Trumansburg High School branch of Cayuga Lake Seido Karate, which is a credit-bearing course offered in the physical education department. Beginning with only nine students, the program has now grown to consist of 25 high school students and 32 children ages 5-12. She was promoted to Godan (5th degree black belt) in 2012.
Kyoshi Robin has twice won the Sogo (overall) championship at the annual Seido Benefit Tournament. In 1996, she qualified as a member of the USA kumite team where she finished 4th among a large group of international competitors. Kyoshi Robin has also worked with other high ranking black belt women to offer workshops during the annual Women’s Self-Defense Seminar.
Kyoshi Robin has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration from SUNY Brockport, and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. She has been certified in CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding since 1995. Kyoshi Robin is currently the Dean of Students at Trumansburg High School. She is also a member of the American Women’s Self-Defense Association.
Kyoshi Gail Lajoie
5th Degree Black Belt
Kyoshi Gail Lajoie began training in Seido Karate in 1993, achieving the rank of Shodan in 1996. In that same year, she began teaching classes for adults and children. She became a direct student of Kaicho Nakamura in 2003, and received her 5th degree black belt in 2012. In addition to teaching classes at Cayuga Lake Seido Karate, Kyoshi Gail travels regularly to New York City to continue her own training with Kaicho Nakamura and Nidaime Akira Nakamura.
Kyoshi Gail is a frequent participant in the annual Seido Benefit Tournament, most recently winning the Women’s Master’s Kata division in 2010 while placing second in both the free fighting and breaking competitions. She also participates regularly as a judge of kata and kumite, and helped to organize both the seminars and Global Exhibition at Seido’s 30th Anniversary Saiten in 2006. Kyoshi Gail has also had the opportunity to participate in clinics, classes, and tournaments across the US, South Africa, and Japan.
Kyoshi Gail has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration from SUNY Cortland. Throughout her 20-year career in education, she has worked as a teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels and has been a provider of staff development and support for teachers. She currently works in Instructional Technology at GST BOCES in Elmira.
Senpai Jennifer Kraft-Maza
1st Degree Black Belt
Jennifer Kraft-Maza began training in Seido Karate in 2007 after only 3 months of observing her oldest son participate in the program. Her youngest son joined them in 2009, and they have been training together ever since!
In 2011, Jennifer achieved the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt). She is the first student of Cayuga Lake Seido Karate to progress from the rank of white belt to the rank of Shodan. That same year, she placed second in the tameshiwari (breaking) competition at the 35th Annual Seido Benefit Tournament. Jennifer has been an assistant instructor of Junior students since 2010. She also assists with supervising kyu belt promotions and is a tireless volunteer when organizing dojo events.
Jennifer is a graduate of Juniata College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/zoology. She then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Before moving to the Ithaca area, she worked for three years in private practice in Rochester, NY. She currently resides in Freeville, NY, with her husband and two sons, ages 11 and 9. Jennifer currently owns and operates a small animal veterinary house call practice which services parts of Tompkins and Cortland counties.
Debbie Bosanko is a certified group exercise instructor who has taught exercise classes since 1993. In addition, she has been certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) since 1994, a certified personal trainer since 1998, and a certified kickboxing instructor since 2007. She enjoys helping others get in shape and stay in shape. In addition to personal training, Debbie teaches several classes that help people 55 and older stay fit, as well as a class designed specifically for people who have Parkinson’s disease.
Debbie has been a student of Seido Karate since 2008, and holds the rank of Kari Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt). She has been an assistant instructor of PeeWee and Junior students since 2011, and is the instructor of all Kickboxing classes here at Cayuga Lake Seido Karate. Debbie holds a master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from SUNY Cortland. She is married and has two active boys, ages 8 and 13.
Punching and kicking is a fun way to exercise and Debbie would like to share the fun with anyone who will give it a try!
About Our Dojo
Cayuga Lake Seido Karate was founded by Kyoshi Robin McColley, Kyoshi Gail Lajoie, and a small group of dedicated students in January, 2006. The program has since grown to include a full program for adults and children in the town of Lansing, a credit-bearing class for students at Trumansburg High School, and an after-school program in the Trumansburg School District. With more than 125 students actively training, our dojo provides a richly diverse environment in which students can develop their own strengths.
Students from all programs come together to participate in several annual events hosted by Cayuga Lake Seido: a Punch-and-Kick-a-Thon fundraiser, a trip to World Seido Karate headquarters in New York City, Lake Training, and our holiday party. Many students also take the opportunity to participate in Gasshuku (special training), the annual Benefit Tournament, and other events sponsored by the World Seido Karate Organization.
Our dojo is committed to providing a place where individuals and families can not only train together, but can come together to support each other and support their community. Since 2006, we have raised over $11,000 for several local organizations including the Tompkins County SPCA, The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, the Corporate Development Committee of the Lansing Central School District, Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County, the Trumansburg Food Pantry, and the Lansing Food Pantry. We also provide tuition scholarships so that anyone who wants to participate in Seido Karate can have the opportunity to do so.
You are warmly invited to visit our dojo and learn more about what Cayuga Lake Seido Karate can do for you and your family. We are looking forward to you becoming a part of our growing family.