Who We Are
Amerikick is a national martial arts association offering professional martial arts instruction and world champion training to men, women and children of all ages. The wide variety of programs we offer at Amerikick from Amerikick Tigers and Dragons to Amerikick Kids and Adults provide a fun and safe learning environment for all ages. All of our Amerikick programs are age specific and help students, regardless of their ability level, to reach their full potential through the motivational and inspiring classes lead by Amerikick’s professional and highly trained teaching staff. At Amerikick we pride ourselves on teaching the best martial arts through exciting classes that give students not only a thorough knowledge of karate but also lifelong skills of focus, discipline and confidence they can use both in and out of our classes.
Amerikick (formally known as American Karate Studios) was founded in 1967 by Grandmaster Dennis Tosten in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For over 40 years Grandmaster Tosten enjoyed the title of being Philadelphia’s oldest established karate studio at the intersection of Cottman Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard.
Sensi Tosten trained with and received his black belts from world famous martial artists including Joe Lewis (the first full contact heavy weight kickboxing champion of the world), Ed Parker (founder and Grandmaster of American Kenpo), Remy Presas (founder and Grandmaster of Filipino Modern Arnis), and Dr. Maung Gyi (Founder and Grandmaster of the Bando system). A 10th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate; Grandmaster Dennis’ martial arts credentials are numerous. He also holds a 9th degree black belt in American Kenpo, a 5th degree black belt in Modern Arnis, a master level instructor in the Joe Lewis fighting system, and black belt in Shotakan and Tae Kwon Do as well as a master level instructor in Judo.
A former world champion competitor having competed on the national and international tournament circuits, Grandmaster Tosten was a top rated competitor in forms, sparring and weapons. He also holds titles in Olympic style Tae Kwon Do and has fought and trained full contact fighting and boxing. The strong background Grandmaster Tosten holds in martial arts has lead him to teach all over the world including Canada, Mexico, Australia and Ireland.
Thousands of students have learned lifelong skills through the Amerikick system; including Philadelphia prison guards, police officers, elementary and high school teachers, DARE officers, WAR (women against rape) and countless other non-profit organizations, that have been by Grandmaster Dennis. A certification to teach the handicapable has also enabled Grandmaster Tosten to help hundreds of disabled students improve both in and out of karate. As a teacher of teachers Grandmaster Tosten has promoted thousands of students to black belt and master levels of black belt including his wife Sharon Tosten, 8th degree black belt, Mark Russo, 6thdegree black belt, Mike Semeriglia, 6th degree black belt, Mike Sautner, 6th degree black belt and Justin Smith, 5th degree black belt, all of whom are teaching students at Amerikick locations. Many of Grandmaster Tosten’s students have become world champion competitors; black belts Nick Perdunn, Chris Millares, Mark Russo, Kevin Schlueter and Justin Smith have all achieved national and world sport karate titles. Taking the knowledge taught to them through Amerikick they have, in turn, produced national and world champion karate competitors.
Today, Amerikick operates in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Kansas. In 2007, Amerikick merged with Masters Bob and Jill Leiker’s World Champion Karate Schools of Kansas and Missouri. Amerikick boasts some of the greatest martial artists in the United States including 6th degree black belt in JKD, MMA and Escrima, Matthew Augustein, and multi-world champions Alex Davydov, Jarrett Leiker and Ross Levine.
At Amerikick our passion in teaching karate and that is why many of Amerikick’s instructors and students have appeared on television and news shows for the promotion of the martial arts. Recognized locally and nationally for our outstanding service and family values, Amerikick has also been renowned as one of the top 25 sport karate schools in North America by National Black Belt League, the North American Sport Karate League and the World Sport Karate League for providing top quality instruction for over 45 years.