About Us

Step Forward Martial Arts prides itself in offering traditional Isshin Ryu Karate training to students of all ages and abilities. Here you will find a safe, positive, and friendly environment, one where every student is pushed to be the best that they can be! Our owner and head instructor, Sensei Andrew Ragazzo, teaches every class and seeks to provide the best service possible to each and every student. Step Forward Martial Arts differentiates itself from other programs by offering small group training focused on the individual. We believe that Karate training should be open to everyone and we seek to find ways to make sure everyone we meet can benefit from the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of Karate training.


Sensei Andrew has been actively training in Isshin Ryu Karate for over 20 years and has dedicated over 15 years of his life to teaching Karate. Currently, Sensei Andrew holds a rank of Yon-Dan (4th degree black belt) in Isshin Ryu Karate. In addition to Sensei Andrew’s experience in the martial arts, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Childhood and Special Education and has spent over 15 years working with children.

Sensei Andrew holds a deep passion for training students with disabilities. Over his 15 years of teaching experience he has trained countless students who struggle with: Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Tourettes, and more. He is happy to say that Step Forward Martial Arts is expertly qualified to work with these students and to bring the positive benefits of Karate training into their lives.



1685 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618