Louis DiBiccari founder, owner and operator, of Beyond Self Defense, has trained and
studied martial arts for over 50 years. He began training at age 19 and has continued his
studies in many aspects of the martial arts since that time. Beyond Self Defense is the
longest running martial arts school in Wakefield, It has been in its current location since
Sensei Louie considers himself a lifelong student and has studied under Sensei Patrick
McCarthy, and Sensei Richard Kim both who have been named Living Martial Arts
Treasures. Our dojo (school) is now affiliated with Sensei McCarthy, of the Koryu Uchinadi style of Karate.
On September 8th, 2010 Sensei Louie was recognized and awarded the rank of Shian 8th degree black belt from Patrick McCarthy of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society. That title means that he is a master instructor. He has worked with all age groups from 3 to 93. Suffice to say he is a very versatile instructor. His desire to learn and grow has brought him down the corridors of Karate, Judo Jujitsu, Tai Chi, Chi-Gong, Weapons of Japan, and American Boxing.
It is important for adults and children to understand that all students refer to their martial arts teacher as, “Sensei”, which means teacher in Japanese.
Sensei Louie follows the tradition of: Student = Teacher = Student.
The single most outstanding aspect of Sensei Louie’s teaching approach is humility. You
cannot refer to him as a master or professor; He is still digesting the title of Sensei.
Sensei never wore a black belt until he opened a commercial school. Sensei teaches
martial arts as a journey without an agenda. The by-products of being a martial artist are
health and happiness. These things cannot be bought, only acquired along the way.
Sensei Louie strongly believes the name he gave his school perfectly reflects what he
Simply stated: “A martial artist is an artist of life.” The Sensei is responsible for
the life of his students as they are living it in today’s world. Sensei Louie believes that
“training of all students, both children and adults, must go beyond the mat to the real
world. We all need a game worth playing – Karate is a master game. He invites you to
join the tradition.”
- He offered free classes to 4 year-old children twice a week for 4 years.
- He taught a free Tai-Chi class to adults every Sunday for 4 years.
- On April 2, 2003 the Greater Lynn Mental Health & Retardation Association
selected him as an outstanding citizen or the year; Sensei gave his time working
with small groups once a week for 12 years.
Bodhi the school mascot!