Rob Monaco was born on March 23, 1957 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He began training at the Tikau Shin Dojo in Japanese Goju Ryu in 1993 under Sensei Bob Rutherford. When the dojo closed, he and Sensei Rutherford moved their training to the Eastern Karate Club under Sensei Tim Collingwood, who was Sensei Rutherford's instructor. He also trained concurrently under Sensei Brian Alexander of Gojukan International in the Okinawan Jundokan style of Goju Ryu, and began training with Sensei Teruo Chinen of Jundokan International when the Gojukan accepted him as their technical director.
Other training history includes seminars with many renown instructors, and occasional training with Hanshi George Alexander of the International Shorin Ryu Karate Kobudo Federation in West Palm Beach, Florida. Through his association with Hanshi Alexander, he had the opportunity to train with Hanshi Ken Penland, and assisted in the production of a Ju Jitsu training video as his uke.
Rob is currently ranked 5rd dan bu Gojukan Karate-do International, and is the head instructor of the Okinawan Jundokan Goju Ryu karate program at the Neworld Martial Arts Centre.