Sensei, Todd Warren
2014 – Yodan (4TH
2010 - Sandan (3rd
1996 - Nidan (2nd
- Shodan (1st Degree)
- Shodan Ho
Sensei, Todd Warren began his martial arts training in Winter Haven,
FL during the mid 1970’s at the age of 9 years old under Hanshi
Master, William A. Liquori, and Master of the USA Goju Organization.
Even though his first experience with USA Goju Karate was a
very short (couple of months), it was enough to touch his heart and
soul which motivated Sensei Todd to come back to karate in 1979.
Sensei Todd began his new venture in training under Sensei,
Hardiman unbeknown to him, Sensei Hardiman was one of Master
Liquori’s Black Belts. Sensei
Todd worked out under Sensei Hardiman and obtained the rank of 8th
kyu (white belt). At that
time Sensei Todd involved himself in other sports like baseball and
had put his love of karate on hold once again.
While Sensei Todd trained
under Sensei Hardiman, he met Sensei, Barry Macchione who at that
time was teaching the kids class as a brown belt and also met
Sensei, Larry Fredrick who at that same time, was also just
beginning his karate venture. Sensei
Todd left Sensei Hardiman’s Dojo as an (8th Kyu - white
belt) and after graduating high school, he started looking for a
karate school once again to get involved training karate.
In 1986 Sensei Todd, to his
amazement, found another USA Goju Karate School; Sensei Macchione
had opened the downtown Winter Haven location and discovered that
Sensei Fredrick had transferred over to this school as well.
At that time, Sensei Todd
became serious about his karate training and has remained under the
direction of Sensei Macchione and the USA Goju Organization to date.
Soon after rejoining Sensei Macchione’s Dojo, Sensei
Macchione’s involvement with full contact karate training and the
managing of full contact karate fighters on a professional basis,
had grown; this also included teaching at the Police Athletic League
Boxing Gym in Winter Haven. This
proved to consume a great amount of time to teach at both these
locations and the schedules became a conflict.
He asked Sensei, Larry
Fredrick to take the karate school over and keep it running.
At that time, Sensei Fredrick relocated the Dojo into a “the
Fredrick handled most of the training at the Winter Haven “Warehouse
Dojo” for about 2 ½ years. The
warehouse was very hot in the summer and at times very cold in the
winter - had mosquitoes the “size of bats” that attacked us on a
regular basis. That
seemed like it enhanced our awareness tremendously and was very
difficult training, especially with the very rigorous workouts
Sensei Fredrick always had in store for our classes. The warehouse
seemed to be unbearable at times, but it kept everyone very focused
and in terrific shape.
During this period, Sensei Todd would stop in at the Police Athletic
League and assist with Sensei Macchione by sparring with J.D. “The
Animal” Johnson (US Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion), one of
Sensei Macchione’s full contact fighters.
Sensei Macchione had always strongly encouraged that his
advanced students travel to “The Main School” in Orlando where he
himself had trained and taught under Master Liquori.
In 1988 after achieving
Purple belt, Sensei Todd kept that tradition and started that travel
to Orlando and train under Master Liquori until the Main School
closed in 2004. Working out
directly with Master Liquori was amazing, he will always cherish the
times he had with Master Liquori and the memorable Saturday
morning’s dubbed “fight days”.
In 1990 Sensei Macchione re-opened the karate school and located it
in Dundee, FL where all of his senior students united once again.
This was a very special time
in Sensei Todd’s training as he was able to work under Sensei
Macchione twice a week and they all traveled to the Main School on a
regular basis on other days advancing his skills in all areas of
Martial Arts training. Sensei Macchione was a “perfectionist” to say
the least and he would drill the students until every detail was
achieved to perfection. Master
Liquori and Sensei Macchione both have that “special gift of
teaching” and both always found a way to motivate you when you had
nothing left in the tank to give. Sensei
Todd always instills of how you do not want to let them down or show
any weakness or pain, as this is the essence and core of our
With the exceptional teaching and instruction that Sensei Todd has
received from his Sensei, he has competed at every level of
competition from white belt (10th kyu) through Nidan (2nd
Degree Black Belt) and to date, is still competing and been very
successful in Shiai (Organizational Tournament Competition) as well
as open tournaments throughout the years winning in the competition
category of; Kata, weapons, and his personal favorite Kumite.
He was expected to win with
every Kata before he was allowed to advance and learn the next level
of Kata. In 1994 Sensei Todd
opened the “Eagle Lake Dojo” and kept this tradition going.
The USA Goju reputation has been of high discipline, hard
work ethics, respect of all, traditional karate training, and has
always been known for its hard core fighting skills.
Sensei, Todd believes in
these philosophies and is expected grow and influence others as he
himself has been influenced.
In 2009 it was of great honor to be asked to partner with
Sensei Macchione in the new Dojo location in Winter Haven “Main
Street Dojo’s, Inc.”, along with partners; Sensei, Larry Fredrick,
and Sensei, Chuck Arant.
Together we have united all of our talents and years of
strong bonds to create one of the greatest martial arts schools in
Florida with pure U.S.A. Goju training handed down to us from Master
Sensei Todd would like to thank his beloved instructors; Sensei
Fredrick, Sensei Macchione and Master Liquori, for their dedication,
training and knowledge they have so instilled in him. It has been a
great honor to work under all of them!!