SOMERS, N.Y. – When Chef Richard Norbutt isn’t cooking up hot dishes at Turcos in Yorktown, he moonlights as a martial arts sensei in Somers.
Previously the sensei of Lake Lincolndale Martial Arts at the Lake Lincolndale Clubhouse, Norbutt recently held the grand opening for his new dojo, “Triangle Way Karate,” right down the street from the lake at 155 Route 202 in the Lindolndale Village Plaze. He will be combining aspects of his favorite karate forms: Shotokan, Shorin-Ryu, Gojo-Ryu.
“My original teacher received his training from the Philippines and New York,” Norbutt said. “I’ve taken aspects from all three forms that I like the best to form my own system. It’s a hybrid of all three. It’s a nice blend.”
Norbutt initially began his training in 1977 and took a hiatus in 1985. Six years ago, a student he once trained with began teaching in Crompond. It was there Norbutt resumed his training, which ultimately snowballed into rediscovering his passion and knowledge of martial arts enough to begin teaching it. He expects his way — the Triangle Way — to be a unique, family-oriented martial arts experience.
“We’re going to be very dedicated to the art form and traditions of what we’re teaching opposed to fighting, trophies, and tournaments,” he said. “To me, it’s not about that. I’m here to teach proper technique, both in mind and body. I want my students to know self-defense, but also know it’s their last resort.”
Norbutt is offering one free month to all adults (ages 14 and up), youth (ages eight to 13, and “little samurais” (ages four to seven). Adult classes run three nights a week, while youth and little samurai classes run four nights a week. He also hopes to launch an adult “your choice” session on Saturday nights in the near future.
“I really encourage everyone to come in and see if it’s for them,” Norbutt said. “I have kids, so I know the worse thing is to pay for something and then find out it’s not the right fit. Even though our prices are going to be as reasonable as anyone around here, it’s still important to make sure you know what you’ll be paying for.”
Triangle Way will be a place for students of all ages to train not just physically, but also mentally, Norbutt said. He often finds himself using the martial art thought process of “the look precedes the technique” helping him in other aspects of his life, including when he’s working in the kitchen.
“Something as simple as turning around with a hot pot, you must be aware of your surroundings, just like self defense,” he said. “Karate is a great form of exercise. It’s a different form that works both the brain and the body by demanding self-control and discipline.”
For more information on Triangle Way Karate and its classes, visit trianglekarate.com or call 914-525-1303.