About Us

About Empire State Karate

Empire State Karate was founded in 1964 by Hanshi Joyce Santamaria and is the oldest karate school on Long Island. Our conveniently located martial arts dojo in Smithtown serves to provide karate lessons in Smithtown, Nesconset, St. James, Ronkonkoma, Commack, Setauket, and other nearby areas. We offer a flexible schedule of karate classes for children (ages 3+) through adults of any age.

Our committed and positive martial arts instructors strive to improve the physical, mental, and social aspects of our students lives. We work together to help everyone achieve their goals and become the best they are capable of becoming.

Those who choose to learn karate at Empire State Karate have a desire to achieve a high standard of excellence in all aspects of their lives and are willing to commit to constant improvement. Our instructors work to further develop this desire in our students by getting them to set personal goals so their motivation to excel comes from within. To us, this is truly the best form of leadership.

We are black belt martial artists who stand tall and live strong. That’s what sets us, and our students, apart from the crowd.


The best way to learn more about Empire State Karate and our programs is to make an appointment to visit us. Just call the phone number below and we’ll set up a time to meet with you.

(631) 265-1555
86 Terry Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
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