|Mr. Mauro began his long and lucrative career in the martial arts at the early age of four when he started boxing under the supervision of his father Frank Mauro. At the age of eight years, he began his formal studies in the styles of Judo and Shotokan Karate. It is in these styles that he would receive his first Black Belt (1st Dan). In high school, Mr. Mauro studied the art of wrestling and quickly became the captain of his wrestling team. Through all of his training in the arts of boxing, Judo, wrestling, grappling, and Shotokan Karate, Mr. Mauro became a well-rounded martial artist. In the mid-1970’s, he realized that he wanted to study a martial arts style which encompassed all of these different techniques and therefore reflected more of himself and what he thought a well-rounded fighter should be. Perhaps the moment of enlightenment arrived when he looked to the boxing legend Muhamed Ali and realized that the styles of karate (which on the most part are very rigid and traditional in their techniques) should integrate more footwork and spontaneity in order to become more effective
gainst one’s opponent.
|Mr. Mauro found what he was looking for in the style of Chinese Kenpo. Through Kenpo, he eventually met the 1st Full-Contact Heavyweight Champion of the World Joe Lewis and also Trent Perri, who is a practioner of the Tracy’s Complete System of Chinese Kenpo. Through Trent Perri, he studied the formal system of Kenpo and structured his fighting skills according to techniques studied under Joe Lewis. He quickly realized that this was the combination he was looking for.During the 1980’s and 90’s, Shihan Mauro, or “Bob” as he is more commonly known by his students, became a top competitor throughout the entire world of martial arts. Not only did he hold World Kickboxing titles in three different weight classes simultaneously. he also was a perennial point karate champion and was named captain of the Nightlife International Pro Karate Team and the Power-Up Pro Karate Team.|
|Mr. Mauro opened his first Kenpo Karate school in 1983 located in Elmont, New York. Two years later in 1985, he opened another school in Island Park, New York, and finally, another school in Huntington, New York which was opened in 1990.In 1995, Mr. Mauro received his rank of Master (6th Dan Black Belt) from Grand Master Joe Lewis. To continue the legacy of his own mentors, Shihan Mauro has trained his own set of “champions.” These include Full-Contact Champion Javier Salinas, World Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Derek Panza, World Lightweight Kickboxing Champion David Buglione, Welterweight Champion Tyrone Smith, ISKA Welterweight World Champion Chris Algieri, and Point Karate Female Champion Mercy Arapas. The list is still growing.In 2007, Shihan Mauro was awarded Fight Trainer of the Year and will also be inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame on January 10th 2009. For these reasons, Mr. Mauro is recognized as one of the premiere trainers anywhere.|