Sensei Bruce Costa is a passionate teacher, successful entrepreneur, professional speaker, published author, and student of mindfulness meditation. Driven by his own process of overcoming 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. Having studied Shotokan Karate and other disciplines with many high-ranking instructors
from six continents for over four decades, Mr. Costa’s principle teacher was the great Teruyuki Okazaki, founder of the International Shotokan Karate Federation.
Bruce Costa is the author of Welcome To Karate: Unlocking the Wisdom of the Beginners Mind. His new book is being published by YMAA and made available wherever books are sold on September 1st, 2021. This accessibly-written curricular text for beginning karate students is meant to make our challenging practice inviting to newcomers. It has received written praise from dozens of the author’s mentors, and includes a foreword by Shihan Okazaki himself. Since 1991 Bruce Costa has also authored over 250 magazine column installments, feature articles, interviews, and book reviews for a variety of magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals. You can read his work, and learn more about him, at BruceCosta.com.
During his 20s and 30s, Mr. Costa worked in, presented to, and consulted for various manufacturing, publishing, distribution, and retail industries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. 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.
Bruce Costa hosts monthly Sangha meetings at Granite Forest Dojo, which are free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to join in practicing mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh, under whom Mr. Costa has studied since 2007. He continues to live amidst the boulder-strewn forest where his children were raised. Now living throughout the United States, and having been the first students of Granite Forest Dojo at its founding in 2002, all three are Shotokan Black Belts, graduates of elite universities, successful professionals, and happy.