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Martial Artist

Looking for the challenge of high level training without the competition.



Seeking a community of skilled sparring partners in a culture of driven practitioners.

Traditional And


Who believes teaching styles and training methods can and should evolve.

Bo Staff Beach

Core Philosophy - Do the work!

  • Do you find it hard to relax?
  • Would you rather be DOING something?
  • I value work ethic.
  • I believe in the power of practice.
  • Mastery is seeking to improve all aspects of your life.
  • Learning is not a linear process.
  • There is no such thing as perfection.
  • Commitment to the arts and to each other is in years not days.

renshi lisa magiera

  • 4th Degree Black Belt and Owner of Bushido Karate Dojo
  • Head instructor for 10 different after-school elementary programs, reaching over 4,000 students in the 20 years that I've been teaching Karate
  • As the Owner of BKD Fitness Center I've learned to balance sales and service in small town Maine 
  • Over the years I've have taught up to 30 classes per week, including the following modalities: Karate, Tai Chi, radKIDS, Swim Lessons, Barre, Zumba, Pilates, Step Aerobics, Kick Boxing, Strength Training, Boot Camp and Personal Training.
  • Author of Get Up, Universal Lessons of Martial Arts
  • In my thirties I competed in the Maine Karate Circuit, achieving State Champion status in both Kata and Weapons
  • Licensed Funeral Attendant, although I prefer to be called Death Squad Captain
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Dawn Crowe

Excellent! Renshi Lisa is our karate instructor and her stories are one of the best parts of class. Instructive, often funny and full of wisdom. This book beautifully captures some of them, I highly recommend reading this book.
- Dawn Crowe

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Upcoming events

I have always loved to travel, and Maine is a great place for workshops of all kinds.


You can find us on the Casco Day Field in Casco for weekly karate training. I love the water and there will be at least one beach training in the near future!


Reach out and invite me to your campus for either a half or full day of training.


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The Joy of Practice - Renshi Lisa

I began training in martial arts in 1995. I have studied multiple styles and love to practice when I travel. 

In New York City, my family and I did Kata (forms) in Rockefeller Plaza and multiple locations in Central Park.

In Toronto, I was a guest at the Northern Karate School and  I headed to the rooftop of my hotel each morning.

In Italy, I practiced in the center of the Pantheon. 

This photo was taken by a fellow author at a writer's retreat in Vermont.

3-times in the last year we have traveled to the beach at sunrise.

Practice for the Sake of Practice. Beauty of the Place. Passion for the Work.

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