Sensei Bruce Costa is a passionate teacher, successful entrepreneur, professional speaker, published author, and student of mindfulness meditation. He has studied Shotokan Karate and other disciplines with many high-ranking instructors from six continents over nearly four decades.
During his 20s and 30s, he worked in, presented to, and consulted for various manufacturing, publishing, distribution, and retail industries. He left his 3-hour commute from Perkasie to Manhattan to become a full-time freelance writer, a professional advocate for literacy and bully defense in primary school assemblies, and a stay-at-home dad. He has had over 250 articles and column installments published. Today, in addition to his writing and responsibilities at Granite Forest Dojo, He is a partner at A+ Student Housing, which serves well over 100 students each year. There he teaches young people to understand their rights and obligations under legal contracts. He hosts a free, monthly, evening Sangha meetings at Granite Forest Dojo. Visitors are invited to practice mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh, with whom Mr. Costa has studied since 2007. Driven by a childhood of debilitating shyness and repeated episodes of bullying, he strives with inextinguishable enthusiasm to empower every student with a sense of dignity and purpose. He is the author of Welcome To Karate, an accessibly-written curricular text for beginning karate students meant to make our challenging practice more inviting. It has received written praise from dozens of his mentors. It’s foreword is by Shihan Okazaki himself. He is a board member of the Christopher Court Foundation, and a rider with Join The Revolution for cancer-free kids. These teams raised over $104,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at CHOP during their effort to ride bicycles across the United States in only 8 days, and over $167,000 since its inception following the death of a beloved, 7-year-old student with events like Granite Forest Dojo’s annual Kick-a-Thon. He continues to live in the midst of the boulder-strewn forest where his children were raised.