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Mr. John Presti

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TOP FORM Karate & Fitness
1000 Pennsylvania Avenue
Weirton , West Virginia 26062
United States

Company Description: Top Form Karate & Fitness has an emphasis on bringing out the best in each individual, Top Form Karate can help you achieve your goals whether it's physical...   more

Employment History

  • Owner
    Presti Karate Centers
  • Member, Practices
    Presti Karate Centers

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    UFAF National
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John ..., 24 Sept 2014 [cached]
John Presti
Mr. John Presti was the previous regional chair, based out of Niagara Falls, NY, for many years. Mr. Presti is also a UFAF National Board member and has moved to another assignments in the organization.
Presti Karate Centers - Niagara Falls, NY - Mr. John Presti Presti Karate Centers - Lewiston, NY - Mr. John Presti
MARTIAL ARTS: Presti celebrates ..., 23 Oct 2007 [cached]
MARTIAL ARTS: Presti celebrates 40 years in sport with teaching trip to Mexico
After 40 years in the martial arts industry, John Presti continues to love what he does.
After taking over the former Kim Studio in Niagara Falls, Presti has opened two more karate teaching facilities in Lewiston and Corning.He also has plans to open two more schools within the upcoming year, including one in Buffalo.
One of his earliest memories is from 1967, the year he was awarded the gold belt, which is the first belt to be earned.Presti was the only 12-year-old on a karate demonstration team.His love of karate grew to a point where he not only wanted to keep practicing it, he wanted to teach it.
"Just like anything else in life, if you want to become something you have to take the next step," Presti said.
When the chance arose to take over Presti Karate, he took it on without hesitation.Running his own business has brought on many challenges for Presti, one being delegation.
"I had to learn to let other people help me, I can't be the sole instructor and the sole leader for three schools," he said.
With his day starting at the studio at around 4 a.m., Presti keeps himself quite busy.
Continuing education is a key concept at Presti Karate.All the instructors must take classes in order to work at the studio and that includes Presti himself.There are seminars and different classes that he takes part in throughout the year, including the ones he teaches himself.
For someone who is constantly looking to improve, accepting a challenge is not unusual.Presti is looking to further his ranking but for now he is on tour giving seminars all over the United States and starting to step outside the country, into Mexico.
"To try to show my skill to people that don't speak English is going to be a big challenge for my teaching," he said.
As far as family is concerned, Presti's plays a part in his success.His wife helps him out when he travels, particularly in Las Vegas, where an international training seminar is held.His two daughters, Jillian, 25, and Carly, 7, are both students at the studio.His oldest daughter Lindsey, 27, and Jillian may help run the schools in the near future.
"They never said it but I feel that they're proud of what I do and they're content that I'm in a job that I love doing," Presti said about his daughters.
Two years ago, Presti gave his family something special to be proud of.He was awarded the Wieland Norris Award.This award is given by Grand Master Chuck Norris, who named the award after his brother who passed away in Vietnam.
James Neiss/staff photographerYoungstown, NY - John Presti, owner and head instructor of Presti Karate Centers, practices at his Pine Avenue center.None/ (Click for larger image)
John Presti of Presti ..., 3 May 2012 [cached]
John Presti of Presti Karate, Niagara Falls, NY endorsing Master Steve Brown and Top Form Karate
John Presti of Presti Karate, Niagara Falls, NY endorsing Master Steve Brown and Top Form Karate
Presti Team Fierce places ..., 30 Nov 2010 [cached]
Presti Team Fierce places second in Las Vegas Sat, Aug 7th 2010 01:55 pm
Presti Karate Centers, with locations in Niagara Falls, Corning and Lewiston, reports its Team Fierce placed an impressive second at a recent Las Vegas competition.
Presti captain Shannon Myers age 16, a third-degree black belt who started with Presti at age 6, brought the demo team Team Fierce to another level. In their performance, witnessed by Grand Master Chuck Norris and hundreds of others, Team Fierce took first runner-up honors. Teams from all over the U.S. and judges from Mexico and the U.S. scored them. "They did remarkable," said John Presti, owner and head instructor of Presti Karate.
He reports that one member of Team Force had a fractured heel, another had a stress-fractured leg and one had a knee that popped out during the routine.
Executive Director Laura Kelemen of the ..., 17 June 2011 [cached]
Executive Director Laura Kelemen of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, standing third from left, and Carli Wilson of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, second from right, accept donations from Presti Karate Center owner John Presti and winners of the center's annual Kid's Tournament & Kick-a-Thon.
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