About Us

Meet Shihan Michael Pace

Michael Pace is the head instructor at Pace Institute of Karate in Vernon, NJ. Shihan Pace started his training in the martial arts in 1967. For many years he taught for his instructor, Grandmaster Hanshi John Stellingwerf. In 1990 he opened his own school and in 1993 he opened a location in Vernon, NJ. Shihan Pace is a 10th Degree Black Belt in Goshin-Ryu Karate. He is currently the President of the American Goshin-Ryu Karate Association. He is a member of the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He has been studying personal life skills training for over forty years and has a passion for teaching character development, life skills and leadership training to his students.

The Pace Institute of Karate was founded in 1994. They currently have four locations.

Vernon, NJ
Flanders, NJ
Fairfield, NJ
Wanaque, NJ

The Institute has the confidence and belief that anyone can succeed in any of our programs while having a lot of fun doing so. Students will achieve many different skills and techniques and will feel a sense of accomplishment.

The staff specializes in teaching children and families. Beginners are nurtured to learn excellent martial arts skills, courtesy, respect and self-discipline.

Pace Institute of Karate is committed to providing the highest quality training available and is proud to say that we will give a positive learning environment in which individuals of all ages can benefit from.

Our adult program is taught in a friendly relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis on forms and practical self-defense training. Our adult classes are designed to bring the student along according to their own physical condition, goals and interests. Classes are mixed with women and men of various ages. No matter what abilities you are made of, we guarantee you that you will be treated with common courtesy and recognition. We strive for our student’s happiness and we do everything in our power to make sure our students are learning, building endurance, and having a great time.

Our academy specializes in Adult Martial Arts, Kids Martial Arts, and Birthday Parties. We offer outstanding instruction and training for men, women, and children. Pace Institute of Karate believes in always having a friendly mindset for both newcomers and those returning to the program. Whether you are a serious competitor or just in it for fun, we have something for you. Our staff here in Vernon, NJ is well qualified and will become role models to their students. Individuals that become part of our training program will have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest masters in the field.

People choose to train at Pace Institute of because we provide a non-intimidating, safe and clean environment which allows an individual to fully get the most out of our program. Our training programs are comprehensive and balanced and offer students the ability to learn technique, strength, confidence, and self-defense. At Pace Institute of Karate we believe that all of our programs should be serious but fun at the same time. We want our students to feel comfortable in class and to really get the most out of their time spent here. Our students will train, progress, and achieve here at Pace Institute of Karate.