Sensei Francis X. Burns started his training at the age of 20 in the Kobe Jujitsu Center, (Founder - Bob Malvagno), in Commack Long
Island, N.Y. under the direction of Sensei Ralph Silver. Sensei Burns trained for a total of 3 years there (1979-82). During 1981
he was introduced to Goju as part of a Gym course at S.U.N.Y , Farmingdale. Kyoshi Michael Di Raimondo was the instructor for both
Farmingdale and Stonybrook Campuses. There he continued to train with Kyoshi until 1988, where he was promoted to Black Belt in 1987
and then moved to PA in 1988. While in PA, he met Sensei Louis N. Schultz at a local fitness center and started to train under Sensei
Schultz in 1990. Sensei Burns was promoted to Ni-Dan in 1996 by Louis Schultz. Mr. Burns has been teaching in NE PA since 1993 and
his current Dojo is located in Drifton PA. Sensei Burns is the Head Instructor of Satori Goju Ryu and the Director of The Help the
Children Traditional Karate Tournament. The tournament, started in 1996, raises money to promote traditional Karate and the development
of good character in our children. He has taken many awards during competition, and many of his students have also excelled in competition.
However, emphasis on winning at tournaments is not the main focus of Satori Goju Ryu. In an effort to promote traditional competition
Sensei Burns has joined forces with the "Amateur Athletic Union in 2000. In 2001, Sensei Burns was appointed United States Director
off Goju for the Bushi Karate Jitsu Association were he was recognized as San Dan. He is known for his patience and his encouragement
for each student to excel in Goju Ryu.
Sensei Burns appointed National Director of Goju in the U.S/ Shihan Naumowiczis presenting the Certificate. Mr. Naumowicz
is the United States Director for the Bushi Karate Jitsu Association. The organization has since expired.
to left- warming up with Suparempei AKA (Peturin)