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Hawthorne Institute of Martial Arts has been offering martial arts and fitness classes since 1996.

They have produced champions in life as well as in the martial arts. Headed by Frank Giglio and a staff of expert Instructors, HIMA can help you and your child set and reach goals and improve your life through martial arts.
Headed by Frank Giglio (5th Degree Black Belt) and a staff of expert instructors, including James Nienhouse, Nicole Pitea, and Marina Kaghado. We offer programs for children as young as 4 years of age and for adults as well.

Our “Style” of Martial Arts

We believe that there is no martial arts style that is better than another. That is why we incorporate several different types of martial arts into the “system” that we teach. Basically, we believe that the most effective form of self defense is to include striking arts, such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing and Muay Thai, along with grappling arts such as wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We also believe in combing these arts with a strong mind and a fit and healthy body. Lastly, we believe very deeply that life skills and character development are what being a true martial artist is all about. Our school emphasizes discipline, respect, focus, non-quitting spirit and self control. Our goal is to create a complete and well-rounded black belt. Someone who is not only successful in martial arts, but is a positive example and a contributing member of society.

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Our Instructors and Staff

Our Instructors have devoted themselves for many years to training in the martial arts. In doing so, they have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors. Having attained this mastery, they now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.

Here are Hawthorne Institute of Martial Arts’s instructors and other staff members:


Mr. Mr. Frank GiglioNAME: Mr. Frank Giglio

POSITION: Senior Instructor

RANK: 5th Degree Black Belt

HOMETOWN: Hawthorne, NJ

AGE: 48



In 1978, at the age of 10, Mr. G began to study karate to learn how to defend himself. He was a small boy, and was always getting picked on by larger kids in the neighborhood. At the age of 12, it became difficult for his mother to afford to pay for his lessons. His Instructor at the time was a Korean man named Master Kwang Lee. Master Lee allowed Mr. G to work off his tuition by cleaning the school and helping with the younger students. Many of his friends used to walk by the school and make fun of him. He thought that they didn’t understand how important his training was to him, and Mr. G also thought they were a little jealous.

By age 17, Mr. G was teaching for his Instructor, and dreamed of someday owning his own school. After 12 years of training, he earned his First Degree Black Belt at the age of 22. In 1996, he and his wife decided to open a school together, and the Hawthorne Institute of Martial Arts was established. The school is now 10 years old and they have promoted over 70 students to the rank of Black Belt.

In 1993, Mr. G graduated from the Passaic County Police Academy, as president of his class. He has been a police officer in the Borough of Hawthorne ever since. In 1999, he was asked to become an Instructor at the Academy, teaching defensive tactics, physical conditioning and firearms to police recruits. During the course of his police duties, it sometimes becomes necessary to use physical force to control a subject. Having an understanding of martial arts allows Mr. G the option of controlling someone without hurting them. His training has proven to be very useful in a variety of situations.

The study of martial arts has not only taught him the physical skills needed to defend himself or someone else, it has taught him discipline, confidence, self control and helped him develop a non-quitting spirit.

Mr. James Nienhouse

NAME: Mr. James Nienhouse
POSITION: Senior Instructor
RANK: 3rd Degree Black Belt
HOMETOWN: Hawthorne, NJ
AGE: 40

3rd Degree Black Belt
12 Years of Martial Arts Experience
Member/Coach HIMA Fight Team
Veteran Hawthorne Police Officer
EMT Certified
Hawthorne PD Drug Awareness Instructor For Local Elementary Schools
Education – MBA and BS in Marketing