We started as the Galway Karate Club in 1972 when Shihan Joe Sagarese started teaching Shukokai karate in his front yard. Later the classes moved to the Odd Fellows Hall located in the Village of Galway. Several years later the classes relocated to the middle school gym on the Galway Central School campus, where they have remained ever since.
Under Shihan Sagarese's guidance Sensei Theresa Sagarese and Hanshi Paul Munchbach were promoted to the rank of black belt. In 1982 the Sagareses relocated to the west coast. Hanshi Munchbach took over the operation and instruction of the club and continued doing so until his retirement at the end of 2015. During Hanshi Munchbach's tenure he continued to train and learn and brought back what he felt was valuable and with that the Galway Karate Club evolved into mare than just karate. Our style became known as Nemuru. Also during his tenure the karate club became affilated with the Galway Youth Commission.
In 1992 the Sagareses returned from the west coast. They brought with them even more to add to our curriculum.
Golden Eagle Martial Arts was founded in January 1996 as Shihan Chris Malley, Hanshi Munchbach's first black belt, began an affordable martial arts program through the Webster Parks and Recreation Department. The basic idea is that quality martial arts training does not have to be expensive and the whole family should feel welcomed. Golden Eagle Martial Arts' name is derived from the Galway Central School's mascot, the Golden Eagle. The Galway school colors, blue and gold, were also adopted as the colors of Golden Eagle Martial Arts.
Shihan Malleyhas promoted several students to black belt ranks. Many of his Webster students have done well in competition, with one currently pursuing a career in mixed martial arts (MMA). In late 2014 Shihan Malley returned to Galway and turned over operation and instruction duties to Sensei Matt McSain. Upon Shihan Malley's return to Galway he began assisting Hanshi Munchbach along with assistance from Sensei Stephen Hull. At the end of 2015 Shihan Malley took over operation and instruction of the Galway Karate Club upon Hansh Munchbach's retirement. Shihan Malley works closely with Sensei Hull and Sensei McSain to unify the Galway and Webster schools. As a team, they continue to evolve Nemuru.
American Freestyle Karate/Nemuru is taught and is based on the Japanese hard styles of Shukokai and Kyokushin. Aspects of many other styles are used to enhance the training and make it adaptable to the student. Those other styles include kung fu, aikido, judo, jujitsu, boxing, wrestling, tae kwon do, and others. The training includes conditioning, basic techniques, self defense, kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).
In addition to the physical aspects, the practitioner benefits from improvements in discipline, respect, confidence, and humility. These are characteristics that pour over into other areas of one's life.
Students start as young as four and no age is to old to enjoy a lifetime activity.
We welcome all whether you are new to the martial arts or have started training elsewhere. The martial arts is an activity that can be practiced and enjoyed throughout your life and it is never too late to start.