We have a fantastic team of caring and supportive instructors. All Shindokan Budo - Long Island staff are passionate about making a lasting impact in the lives of our students, through their tireless dedication and drive to share their own knowledge and experiences. Get to know our committed team and their role in continuing our educational tradition.
Sandra Smith, Shihan
Sandra Smith, Shihan began her study of martial arts in 1991 in Albuquerque, New Mexico training in Kajukenbo. After training in various styles for several years while located in different parts of the U.S. she finally committed to her jujutsu study in 2000. In January 2019 she achieved her Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu Shihan License and Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu Go Dan (Fifth Degree) Diploma directly from Col. Roy J. Hobbs, Hanshi.
Smith Shihan is currently a direct student of Kaiden Shihan Eric Johnstone training in Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu, an advanced branch within the Hakkoryu system. Smith Shihan is also an avid practitioner of Seito Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iai Heiho (A classical Japanese sword system-MJER) training directly under Matthew Ubertini, Sensei who holds a Shihan-Dai (teaching license) in MJER. She is also an experienced Taichi Chuan practitioner having begun her study in 2005.
Smith Sensei is a member of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation, Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai (KNBK), and The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK). She is also an active member and participant of the Self Defense Instructors Certification program through NWMAF and teaches self defense classes for college, university and private organization groups.
Matt Ubertini, Sensei
Classical Japanese Sword
Matthew Ubertini Sensei began his study of Japanese Jujutsu and self defense in 1987, Iaido in 1999 and Kendo in 2002. Ubertini Sensei is one of the few licensed budoka teaching authentic traditional and koryu Japanese martial arts on Long Island and NYC and is one of the senior Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu practitioners in the United States.
Ubertini Sensei has earned a Shihan Dai Menkyo in Seito Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho (MJER) as well as a Menkyo Kaiden Shihan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu. He has also earned teaching level Dan grades in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate, AUSKF Kendo and Goshinjutsu. He has also extensively studied and trained in other traditional and modern martial arts such as Military and Law Enforcement tactics, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, Ono-Ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu, Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Shotokan.
Mr. Ubertini's mission and objective is to properly disseminate the spirit and techniques of traditional Japanese budo and applied self defense that is rare to find in our area.
Master Frank Pfeiffer
Taichi Chuan Instructor
Master Frank Pfeiffer has been studying Taichi Chuan for more than 18 years. He initially began his study in order to improve his health and to regulate his stress level after suffering a major automobile accident. Master Frank used his Taichi practice to help rehabilitate both his body and mental attitude to the point where he was participating in, and winning, champion level competitions.
Master Frank not only received his Teacher Certification by Grandmaster William CC Chen, he also traveled to Taiwan and passed a rigorous examination in order to receive an internationally recognized Black Belt certification from IKFF-Taiwan. In 2015 he was bestowed the “Master” title from Grandmaster Chen in New York City. Additionally, from 2010 through 2015 he also studied under the late Master Luis Molera learning Taiji Fan, Staff and Shibashi qigong.
Certifications include WCCCTCC Master Instructor, Certified 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kung Fu (International Kung Fu Federation—Taipei, Taiwan ROC Taichi Chuan and Taichi Sword Form), ICMAC 2012 North American Champion (Fixed Step Push Hands Men’s 160-180, Restricted Step Push Hands Men’s 160-180)