Master Candy Romania
Candy Romania, Director and Chief Instructor

Candy Romania began training in the martial arts in 1980. She has trained over the years under the tutelage of world renowned karate masters, including Grand Master Frank Van Lenten, Master Morio Higaonna, Master Teruo Chinen and Master Masanobu Shinjo. Training intensively as a disciple under Grand Master Van Lenten, she was a member of the Goshin-Do Karate-Do Kyokai and the Ryukyuan Kobudo International. She has been a member of the Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do GoshinKai since Grand Master founded the association in 1986 and the Ryukyuan Kobudo International since its formation in 1983. With unwavering dedication, Shihan Romania was the first graduate of the GoshinKai Intensive Instructor Training Program in 1988, while serving an apprenticeship at Grand Master Van Lenten's dojo in Niceville, Florida. As the first graduate, she has set a high standard of quality and excellence for other instructors to follow. Her martial arts training included two trips to Okinawa with Grand Master Van Lenten. In 1984, while she was training as a member of the Shobukan with Master Masanobu Shinjo on Okinawa, she appeared on Okinawan national television. It was during this trip that she was also a guest of the Governor of Okinawa and the Mayor of Okinawa City.

Shihan Romania graduated from Alfred University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with dual minors in Psychology and Spanish. While working full time, she later graduated from William Paterson College of New Jersey with a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration.

Shihan Romania served as the Assistant Administrative Director of the Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do GoshinKai for ten years. On September 1, 1999, Grand Master Frank Van Lenten designated her as his successor to the Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do GoshinKai. She currently holds the position of Director and Chief Instructor of the association. Grand Master Van Lenten promoted Shihan Romania to the rank of ninth degree black belt in Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, as well as seventh degree black belt in Kobudo. She is also certified as an instructor in Tai Chi Chuan.

Shihan Romania has received worldwide recognition in Inside Karate, Martial Arts Masters and Inside Martial Arts magazines. She has published numerous articles, and has been the subject of many published articles. She teaches a wide range of martial arts seminars and workshops. She has traveled extensively, and has taught many seminars with Grand Master Van Lenten. Those seminars mainly focused on the Goshin Kai curriculum. In 1995, she was inducted into the Martial Arts Gallery of Fame. As the Owner and Chief Instructor of Iron and Silk Incorporated, Traditional Karate and Family Fitness Center, for eighteen years, Shihan Romania was devoted to teaching martial arts full time. She is recognized for her many contributions to the local communities and her commitment to teaching life skills and instilling core values in her students. As an instructor she is dedicated and enthusiastic.

She is experienced as both a competitor in martial arts sport competition and served as a certified referee. From 1995-1997, she served as the Chairperson of the New Jersey Association of the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States. Many of her students have competed in and won local, state and national tournaments.

Shihan Romania promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle as a way of life. She is certified as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Since 1989, she has been certified as a Master Aerobic and Group Fitness Instructor by the American Council on Exercise and is also a member of the IDEA Health and Fitness Association. She currently holds CPR and AED program certification with the American Heart Association. Shihan Romania is supportive, motivating, informative and an excellent communicator. With over twenty years experience serving as a Lifestyle Fitness Coach, she has helped hundreds of individuals achieve their health and personal goals.