David and Ellen Stackpole have trained in the Japan Karate Association and International Shotokan Karate Federation for over 30 years, and are 5th and 6th degree black belts. They have been teaching Shotokan Karate in Charlottesville since 1997, and have founded the Charlottesville Shotokan Karate Club, the UVA Shotokan Karate Club, and the William & Mary Shotokan Karate Club.
David graduated from The College of William & Mary and Georgetown Business School, and owns a wealth management company. Ellen graduated from William & Mary and the University of Virginia Graduate School of Engineering, and has worked for Northrop Grumman for 20 years. David and Ellen have been married for 27 years and live in Charlottesville with their teenage daughter and and shetland sheepdog, and have a son attending UVA.