Sensei Joe Quinn is a visual artist: he’s a painter, designer and user experience director. He is a dedicated martial artist and tournament competitor. Mr. Quinn travels to other dojos weekly to gain insights, practice his martial art, and discover new teaching concepts.
I’ve lived in Perkasie for over 15 years. My two teen-aged children (both of whom are smarter than I, and often more creative) train with me at Granite Forest Karate. As founding member of Join the Revolution for cancer-free kids, I support curing pediatric brain tumors through fundraising for programs at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). I sell art at local and regional galleries when I’m not designing and developing websites and corporate graphics.
I’ve enjoyed being a Granite Forest Karate instructor since 2012, but I’ve been learning, practicing, and performing karate since 2009. I compete in karate tournaments, study kata, and have had the good fortune to train under some of the best Shotokan practitioners in the United States and Canada: Master Teruyuki Okazaki, Hiroyoshi Okazaki, James Field, Robin Rielly, Najib Baha Amin, David Jones, and Bob Hoffman to name several.
During my time at Granite Forest Karate I’ve come to realize how closely martial arts and my first love and vocation, visual art, are tied together. I like to think of my karate as one of my paintings. From a distance it may look polished and clean, strong yet fluid. But a close look reveals flaws and imperfections. Nothing is perfect, including my karate. Day after day, I strive for my karate, and the art I create, to be better than it was the day before. It’s a never-ending progression, the drive to better oneself. I try to bring it into every part of my life, just as I try to help students become better at karate through practice and conditioning.