As members of the AJKA-I, Bucks County Karate School teaches traditional JKA Shotokan Karate. We offer classes for adults and children ages 4 and up.  Parents and their children ages 7 and up have the opportunity to experience their karate journey together as they take class together. Our Dragon Warriorz classes for ages 4 -7 are based on Traditional JKA Shotokan Karate techniques, but are presented as developmentally appropriate tasks that will build the child’s self esteem.



(Chief Instructor)

Pursell Sensei has been training in karate for over 18 years and holds a 4th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate through the AJKA-I.  He is also a 1st degree black belt in Striking Shadow Kung Fu. Pursell Sensei has been teaching karate for over eight years. He has completed the American Japanese Karate Association International (AJKA-I) instruction training program and is a certified instructor through them.  Pursell Sensei is uniquely qualified to teach young people. He was a co-youth leader at his church for many years. He is passionate about using karate as positive influence to help our youth.



Jen Pursell began her journey in Martial Arts in 2002. After earning her 2nd degree black belt in ITF style TaeKwon-do, she joined Stacy and their two older sons training in Shotokan karate. In addition to teaching all ages in TaeKwon-do and Karate, Jen is also a seasoned pre-school teacher with over 10 years experience. Jen and Stacy created the popular Dragon Warriorz for ages 5-7 program at the Doylestown branch of the YMCA of Bucks County. Jen credits the success of their program to their experience in Martial Arts as well as her experience in Early Childhood Education. Making sure that all of the children in Bucks Karate programs gain confidence and self-esteem through developmentally appropriate classes is very important to Jen.



Ken Mitsch Sensei has been training in Martial Arts sins 1979. As a young adult he first trained in TaeKwon-Do then found his home in Shotokan Karate. Mitsch Sensei holds a 4th Dan in the SKA and a 3rd Dan in the AJKA-I. He joined our staff of instructors in the beginning of 2017. Sensei Ken is our lead instructor at our Warminster location.




Gillis Sensei started his karate journey in Shotokan Karate at Bucks County Karate School in the spring of 2012.   It didn’t take him long to realize that Shotokan was “his thing” and early the next year he began to assist with children’s karate classes at the Central Bucks Family YMCA.  His interest in teaching karate and fitness grew, inspiring him to push harder towards his goal of earning his black belt so he could step into the role of Instructor.  On September 24, 2016  Gillis Sensei became the first Bucks County Karate School student to earn his black belt.