Grandmaster Jefferson Davis
Grandmaster Jefferson Davis has been a part of the Tracy System family since he joined the Kirkwood studio in St. Louis, MO in 1974. Prior to Kenpo, he trained for 3 years in Judo and studied karate with Bob Yarnall.
While working on his Master’s Degree in History between 1975 and 1977, GM Davis had the good fortune to train under the great Roger Greene and his teacher, Joe Lewis.
In 1983, he became a student of GGM Al Tracy.
GM Davis was an avid tournament competitor from 1974 until his retirement in 2000, winning many state, regional, national and international titles.
His teaching philosophy is simple…when students come to him to train, they are putting their lives in his hands.
GM Davis retired from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel in Military Intelligence and Special Operations. He holds the rank of 10th degree black belt in Kenpo under Al Tracy and the rank of 9th degree black belt in the Roger Greene Martial Arts Association. He is a Charter Member of the Kenpo International Hall of Fame and serves as a member of the Tracy’s Kenpo Senior Advisory Council. He currently teaches in Troy, IL at the studio of his top black belt, Master Bill Dalton.
Shodan through Judan: Tracy’s Kenpo Karate 1980 to 2015
Kudan: Roger Greene Martial Arts Association (Kang Duk Won) 2017
Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Senior Advisory Council
Several hundred national, regional, state kumite and kata awards from 1974 to 2000
Oklahoma Martial Arts HOF 1996
Midwest Martial Arts HOF 2003
Kenpo International HOF (Charter Member) 2007
US Martial Arts HOF 2010
Rakassians HOF 2012
Gathering of Eagles Masters Award 2001
Who’s Who in Martial Arts Award 2016
MA in Euro-Russian History SMSU 1978
BA History SMS 1971
LT Colonel, U.S. Army (1972-2001) in Military Intelligence & Special Operations
Command & General Staff College 1988
U.S Air War college 1996
Published my first novel Strawman Cometh (Amazon) in 2019 with second part Strawman Returneth in 2022.
Shihan Gary Gione
Shihan Gary Gione, 10th dan, is the owner/operator of Elite Defensive Tactics Inc. (4/99-Present) in New York. A 50+ year veteran of martial arts training with 40+ years as a police officer in the NYPD, Shihan Gione has extensive experience in applied martial arts combat.
- Shihan Gione is a retired Lieutenant of the NYPD, Owner and operator of a martial arts school.
- Specializing in personal protection, police tactics, body-guarding and instructing security personnel. He is a retired Lieutenant of the NYPD.
- Head instructor with 47 years of martial art and practical street experience in hand to hand combat, weapons and adrenaline based instruction. He holds 9th degree black belts in jujitsu and Jun Bao Kung Fu (Sifu James Ibrao) and a 10th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate (Tracy’s Kenpo). He is also a Master Instructor of Kyusho-jitsu.
His career in law enforcement includes:
- New York City Police Department 9/80-6/97
- Administrative Lieutenant Manhattan North Narcotics Division,
- Organized Crime Control Bureau
- Administrative Lieutenant of Manhattan North Narcotics Division in charge of approximately 525 civilian, uniform and plain clothes personnel
- Responsible for deployment of personnel to details throughout New York City on a daily basis
- Presided over firearm and educational training for all personnel
- Set up and supervised all security matters for the command.
- Supervised field teams in surveillance and counter surveillance operations
- Special Operations /1st Platoon Commander Lieutenant 45 Precinct 6/93-/95
- Officer in charge of command in the absence of a Captain
- Sergeant Module Supervisor Narcotics Division 9/87-6/93
- Bachelor Science Degree, Criminal Justice, John Jay College- Graduated 1978
- Police Academy NYPD- Academics / Firearms / Advanced Driving / Self Defense– Graduated January 1981
- Organized Crime Control Division Course, Narcotics Division NYPD-Graduated 1985
- Basic Management Course NYPD (Promoted to Sergeant) –Graduated 1985
- Criminal Investigation Course, (Detective Mandated Course) NYPD-Graduated 1988
- High Intensity Drug Trafficking Course NYPD /FBI- Graduated 1991
- Advanced High Drug Trafficking Course NYPD/ FBI- Graduated 1992
- Advanced Management Course NYPD (Promoted to Lieutenant)-Graduated 1995
- Verbal Judo-Taught by Author George Thompson Internal Affairs Supervisors Course NYPD-Graduated 1996
Hanshi Dan Kennedy
Hanshi Kennedy began his training in the martial arts over 45 years ago in Okinawan Kenpo,Hawaiian Kempo, Jujitsu and Weaponry.
He met Hanshi Bill Marron in 1973 after moving from California to Overland Park, Kansas. He is the Chief instructor at Lenexa Karate Academy and founder of the United States Kenpo Kobujitsu Federation. He also serves on the board of the Roger Greene Martial Arts Association. Hanshi Kennedy has trained over 200 Black Belts.
Hanshi Kennedy has been a featured instructor at the Roger Greene Warrior Weekend since its inception and at Raymond Montoya’s Elite Retreat each year.
His seminar at the Gathering of Eagles will focus on Shoulder Lock Flows.
Professor Vance Murakami
Vance Murakami initially began studying martial arts when he was 11, under Sensei Kikuchi, with the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club. There he learned the fundamental basics of falling, rolling, and throwing.
Fortuitously, in 1992, Vance’s sister and wife were taking self-defense lessons at San Jose Kenpo with now Grand Master Ted Sumner. It was then that Vance decided to re-join the martial arts world, and hasn’t looked back since. He’s had the privilege to study under the tutelage of Grand Master Ted Sumner, and was promoted to Hachidan, 8th Degree Black Belt on July 9th, 2017.
Through the years, and in Vance’s passion and pursuit of the art, he’s also had the opportunity to study not only under Grand Master Sumner, but also Grand Master Ray Arquilla. Through these two Grand Masters, he obtained his Kosho Shorei. Kosho Shorei is a requirement for Nidan at San Jose Kenpo, along with knowing the entire Tracy’s system. Vance has taken great appreciation in learning the principles and application of being effective in this art, but yet non-lethal.
In 2004, through Professor Siegfried Kuffurath and Professor Tony Janovich, Vance became certified in advanced Seifukijitsu, and continues to teach the Healing Arts through San Jose Kenpo School. Vance has taken to heart the words of Professor Kuffurath, “It’s easy to hurt someone. The real skill is in healing them.”
Vance enjoys giving back to the community through Kenpo. He teaches Rehabilitation Through Kenpo (RTK) at the Services for Brain Injury, in Silicon Valley, helping veterans and those suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Through this work, Vance was awarded Humanitarian of the Year at the GOE in 2019, and continues this work today.
Vance was inducted as a Charter Member to the Kenpo International Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service and contribution to Martial Arts. Vance, in 2013, received the Spirit of the Warrior award for his recognition in Kenpo. In 2019, Vance was inducted as an associate member of the Tracy Senior Council.
Vance is the Head Master of San Jose Kenpo, and with his mechanical engineering background, enjoys bringing an analytical approach to the art.
Professor Henry Childers
Prof. Henry Childers (Hachidan – 8th degree black belt) is an accomplished martial arts instructor with over fifty years of hands-on experience in the field of self defense. Mr. Childers has trained individuals from various professions and backgrounds including the film industry, law enforcement, and military.
He maintains knowledge of various martial arts including Kenpo, Small Circle Jujitsu, and Modern Arnis while teaching a unique, personalized, and highly effective blend of martial arts that is based on the science and mechanics of human anatomy, and designed to exploit the vulnerabilities of an attacker in an aggressive scenario.
He believes that we should never limit ourselves in learning effective moves if it will help with defending ourselves. He openly demonstrates his assertive style during class and seminars, captivating and educating his audience.
Mr. Childers is an inductee and a charter member of the Kenpo International Hall of Fame since its inception in Chicago, IL on June 23rd, 2007. In August of 2011, Mr. Childers received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the world of self defense. Mr. Childers has also been inducted as a “Keeper of the Flame” in August of 2019.Since then he has appeared in various publications and podcasts such as “The World’s Greatest Martial Artists Volume 15“, “Five Faces of Kempo“, and “Whistlekick Martial Arts Radio – Interview.”
Mr. Childers continues to train others and takes great pride in his accomplishments and that of his students.
Professor Jason “Jay” Creel
Professor Jason “Jay” Creel is a 6th dan the founder of Dynamic Kenpo Concepts, utilizing 28 years of experience and training geared towards eclectic and drill-based kenpo.
The Dynamic Kenpo Concepts system is a newer and unique approach to the self-defense art of American Kenpo Karate, utilizing refined training methods designed to increase fighting attributes and spontaneous ability within the individual student.
Professor Creel’s seminar will be geared towards applications and drills based on Ed Parker’s Finger Set.
Master Anthony Verburgt
Master Anthony Verburgt has a unique background in teaching the martial arts. His fighting background began in the tough streets of the hard rock mines of Colorado as a youth. He became involved in boxing in high school, Kodokan Judo in College, has now spent 56 years earning the Oriental Martial Arts Systems and has taught in a Tracy’s studio since 1974. He has run his own club and later studio since 1979. His instructors include James Dixon and GM Dr. Roger Greene who later introduced him to SGM Al Tracy who took him under wing and promoted him through his Dan Rankings.
He is a professional educator having dedicated 36 years to teaching in the Missouri Secondary Schools System, Colleges, and is retired from education leaving his last position as an Adjunct Instructor of Spanish at Drury University.
He is also a retired Deputy Sheriff of Taney County with 36 years of service with a specialty in the instruction of defensive tactics.
Master Verburgt is a Kudan, 9th Degree Black Belt. A fierce competitor, having been previously ranked #1 in North America Sport Karate Association, #3 in Professional Karate League and for 5 consecutive years was the State Fighting and Forms Champion in the Arkansas State Karate Circuit.
In 2007 Master Verburgt was inducted into the Kenpo International Hall of Fame as a Charter Member and in 2019 was named as an Associate Member of the Tracy’s Kenpo Senior Advisory Council.
Master Verburgt has presented seminars throughout the United States, Mexico, England and Ireland by request. He will present his seminar on the development of speed off the line for use both in competition and on the street involving self-defense.
Grandmaster Bobby Lynn
I was promoted by the legendary Professor Nick Cerio to 5th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate – Warwick, Rhode Island.
November 7, 1999 – The Martial Arts Collective Society – (Sacramento, California) under the tutelage of Hanshi Bruce Juchnik & another Kenpo pioneer, Professor Paul Yamaguchi, internationally recognize and acknowledge my 5th Degree Black Belt (Godan) in Kenpo Karate – Medford, Mass. Prof. Yamaguchi was one of the original Black Belts ever to be promoted by GGM James Masayoshi Mitose – the man who started it all!
1999 – Became a Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council – West Boylston, Mass., which later was renamed Massachusetts Police Training Council.
I am a retired Sergeant with the Bentley University Police Department, and was employed there for 33 years…Patrol Supervisor for the 11p-7a shift. Additionally, I am a Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, and actively teach at the Massachusetts State Police Academy – New Braintree, Mass. for both the Special State Police Officers & State Police Municipal Academies….. August 2017 recertified as a LEVEL 3 Massachusetts Police Training Council Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, instructing at the In-Service level, Reading, Mass.
I had the opportunity to train in Shaolin Long Fist and Yang style T’ai Chi under Dr. Zibin Guo in Waltham, Mass. Dr. Guo has since relocated and is the Chairman of the Biology Department at the University of Tennessee
November 22, 2004 – I was promoted by another legend – Professor Larry Garron, who is my current Martial Arts Instructor – to the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt (Rokudan) and was also awarded the title of SHIHAN (Master Instructor). Professor Garron is a former professional football player for the Boston (New England) Patriots.
November 21, 2008 – another very special day in my Kenpo life occurred in Burlington, Massachusetts when Grand Master Steve Nugent (with guidance and verification from Senior Grand Master S. George Pesare) promoted me to 8th Degree Black Belt (Hachidan). I was also awarded the title of PROFESSOR (Honorific title meaning qualified expert, one who has reached the highest level in their field, based on contributions to research, training, teaching and administrative processes). SGM Pesare is the man who brought Kenpo Karate to New England, and was Prof. Cerio’s first Kenpo Instructor.
August 4, 5 & 6, 2011 – I was inducted into the Kenpo International Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada.
June 2016 – Promoted to 9th Degree Black Belt (Kudan) and title of Grandmaster under the auspices of the IKCG and GM Nugent.
March 2019- Inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Newark, NJ, as Kenpo Grandmaster of the Year, as well as being inducted into Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame.
June 2019- Inducted in to the International Kenpo Council of Grandmasters Hall of Fame.
August 2019- Was featured instructor at the Gathering of Eagles/Kenpo International Hall of Fame, Miami Beach, FL.
Grandmaster John Patrick Nieto
Grandmaster John Patrick Nieto has been a featured instructor at each Gathering of Eagles since its inception in 1999. GM Nieto is a kind, humble man with a passion for kenpo training. His accolades include:
- 10th Dan, Chuan Fa America
- Charter Member of the Kenpo International Hall of Fame, Inducted June 23, 2007
- Master Instructor at all GOE 1999 to Present Day
- 1995 to Present, Martial Arts Director Sports and Wellness, Albuquerque, NM
- Owner/Operator of Tracy’s Kenpo Karate, Albuquerque, NM
- 1990 to Present, President of Chu’an Fa America (Kenpo Karate)
- 1966 to 1983 Trained with Traco International (Kenpo Karate)
- 1971 to 1975 Kick Boxing, Jujitsu, Weapons, Escrima, Boxing (USN Activity) Manila, Tokyo, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
- 1963 to 1970 Ismael Franco, New Mexico, Escrima, Kenpo, Judo, Kendo
- 1959 to 1963 Trained with (Masutatsu Oyama) Kyokushinkai Karate, Riverside, California.
- Tai Chi – Boxing Kick Boxing
GM Nieto has been actively training in and/or teaching the martial arts for 63 years. His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge is unparalleled. He is also an accomplished professional jazz musician and cyclist.
Shihan David Hopper
David Hopper has 37 years experience training in and teaching martial arts, with blackbelts in Tracy’s Kenpo Karate and Seiwakai Gojuryu.
Mr. Hopper holds a 7th dan in kenpo and kenpo jujitsu, is a certified Master Instructor of kenpo, Tai Chi and Yoga instructor. He is a Charter Member of the Kenpo International Hall of Fame (2007) and in 2013, received the “Spirit of the Warrior” award from GGM Al Tracy.
He serves as an Associate Member of the Tracy’s Kenpo Senior Council and has presented seminars at the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 Gatherings of Eagles.
At the 2019 Gathering of Eagles, Mr. Hopper received the “Innovative Instructor of the Year” award for his development of an application based, structured approach to integrating the Kosho Shorei concepts of James Mitose into any martial art, utilizing techniques of the individual art to teach, test and learn the concepts.
His seminar at the 2022 Gathering of Eagles will feature Kosho Shorei Applications.
Shihan Kevin Rogers
Kevin Rogers began his martial arts training under Grandmaster Roger Greene in 1987. He feels very fortunate to have been directly under Hanshi Greene’s teaching direction, guidance, and wisdom for over 31 years.
It was during these years Kevin learned a blend of complimentary martial arts, consisting of Tracy’s Kenpo, Kang Duk Won, and the Joe Lewis Fighting System.
In 2015, he was awarded the teaching title of Renshi and later, prior to Hanshi Greene’s passing, the teaching title of Shihan. In 2017, Kevin was inducted into the Kenpo International Hall of Fame for his contributions to these arts.
As one of the senior black belts of his organization, Kevin regularly leads classes at the Greene Ranch, but is also eager to learn and pick up from others. Most recently in 2021, Kevin was promoted to 7th Dan in the Roger Greene Martial Arts Association, under the advisement and direction of Grandmaster/Hanshi Mike Dillard.
Shihan Roger’s seminar will be a tribute to Hanshi Roger Greene, covering the Angular Attack, Arm/Leg Immobilization Technique: Back-Leg Check Blitz.
A brief review/overview of the 5 types of angular attacks, 3 types of defenses, and when to use each against your opponent. Then, diving into the specifics of the back-leg check blitz entry technique (an arm/leg immobilization attack). When the technique is employed properly, it neutralizes your opponent’s rear hand, provides footwork to get inside the critical distance line, gives you an advantage over your opponent’s center, and allows for multiple follow-up techniques which ultimately lets you play “my turn, my turn.”
Sifu Roy Abramowitz
The lessons learned in the martial arts are a primary reason for my business success. The lessons taught me to follow instruction, push myself beyond expectation, achieve tasks that are unpleasant and realize “it is not always the talent, but what is in the heart” that leads to success. The martial arts have taught me to be successful over the longest of odds, and that I can’t is not an option.
Over the past twenty-two years Roy Abramowitz has trained with Shihan Gary Gione, and the late Sei Tai Gung James Ibrao and the late Senior Sei Tai Gung Jimmy Wing Woo.
Awarded Rank of: Sifu Ngon Lung Silver Dragon 8th Degree Black Belt – August 15 2015 – Jun Bao Wu Shu Kung Fu Tai Chi International Chinese Martial Arts Association – Family Tree of Sifu Grand Master Sei Tai Gung James Ibrao and Grandmaster Senior Sei Tai Gung Jimmy Wing Woo. Placed on Jun Bao Wu Shu Kung Fu Tai Chi Board April 2016
Awarded rank of Rokudan – Sixth Degree Black Belt – Tracy Kenpo Karate by Shihan Gary Gione – Elite Defensive Tactics – November 15, 2021
Associate Member of the Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Senior Council
Kenpo International Hall of Fame – 2011
Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame – 2001
Two time National Champion – North American Sport Karate Association.
State Champion – Karate Referee’s Association of the North East
Kranes Int’l – Top Ten
NASKA and KRANE’s Competitor of the Year.
Began studying the martial arts in 1963 in Shotokan – Japanese Karate Association under Sensei Maynard Minor. Also trained with Sifu Jack Shamburger
Roy Abramowitz is a Certified Public Accountant trained by the Big Four Accounting Firms and started his own firm in 1987. The firm is a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and is quality reviewed by the National Peer Review Committee of the AICPA.
Other activities include the Greenwich CT Council of the Boy Scouts of America – currently Treasurer/Officer, Executive Committee and Board of Directors member. Served as the Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Starlight Children’s Foundation for 25 years. Active with the SPCA, Cancercare and Save the Children.
Gathering of Eagles teaching topic: Meridian striking within kenpo techniques.
Master Todd Tomco
Master Todd Tomco began his training at Tracy’s Karate Studio located in Parma, Ohio, in 1985, under the instruction of Grand Master Mark Miller. He knew immediately that he would build his life around the art of Kenpo and would one day own his own dojo.
In 1999, he opened his own Tracy’s Karate Studio in Medina, Ohio. His studio has continued to grow and expand its many programs throughout the years. Tracy’s Karate Studio of Medina has been proud to host many seminars taught by Grand Masters, Masters, and Senseis, including several by Great Grand Master Al Tracy himself. Master Todd organizes and runs Tracy’s Invitational Karate Tournament twice a year, drawing competitors from around the world.
Always wanting to learn more, Master Todd travels the country attending seminars held by other great martial artists. At home, he continues to train weekly under the instruction of Grand Master Mark Miller and holds the rank of 7th-degree black belt. Mastering over a hundred katas, he trains daily to maintain the wealth of knowledge he has gained.
In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted into the Kenpo International Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Cleveland Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2019. He also serves as an associate member of the Tracy’s Senior Council.
Master Todd is honored to lead a seminar at this year’s Gathering of Eagles. Most of all, he looks forward to attending seminars led by his colleagues to expand his knowledge and passion for Kenpo.
Kyoshi Stephen Nichols
Stephen Nichols – 5th Dan Kenpo JiuJitsu
Your first meeting with Master Nichols will undoubtedly be upbeat and amusing. As your instructor and trainer, that persona will likely shift in the opposite direction. His core technique as a teacher is to make sure you have the ability, if need be, to survive the worst of scenarios and make it home to your loved ones. His knowledge of martial arts blends naturally with his love of passing along all the techniques and traditions he’s absorbed in his impressive career. He is as passionate about Kenpo Karate today as he was in the beginning, and it shines in nearly every aspect of his life.
A 5th Dan in Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Jiujitsu, Stephen Nichols celebrates almost 25 years under the tutelage of Master Anthony Verburgt. Mr. Nichols has several accolades at this school.
*20+years as an instructor
*Ranking several times in the Missouri and Arkansas fighting circuits (along with several of his students)
*10 years with the Tracy’s Karate of SW MO Demonstration Team
With his own dojo, Black Sheep Martial Arts AND American Close Quarters Battle Institute, he continues his teaching. Students are offered several training options.
*Close quarters combat
Kyoshi Nichols has broadened his martial arts knowledge over the years by training in:
*Kang Duk Wan
Kyoshi Nichols’ GOE seminar will focus on tactical grafting with speed and power.
Professor Steven Williamson
Professor Steven Williamson has over 30 years training in and teaching martial arts. He holds a 6th degree black belt in Chinese Kenpo and various degrees of black belt in Aikido and Shorin Ryu. He holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu.
He has taught PPCT defensive tactics for law enforcement, trained local, regional, national and intenational martial arts competitors, trained MMA figthers and kickboxers and was the Defensive and Control Tactics Training Officer for a private security company.
Professor Williamson is an engineer who specializes in drills based off of kenpo striking patterns that increase the power, speed, focus and impact of not just the final strike, but of the entire sequence.
Hanshi Darrell Goen
8th Dan (Hanshi) Tracy’s Kenpo Karate
7th Dan (Kyoshi) San Do Kai Shotokan Karate
I began my Martial Arts career in late 1973 in Westminster, CA. I had the good fortune of training with Grand Master Tom Spellman for over 17 years. I was an instructor at Grand Master Bob Leonard’s Studio in Yorba Linda, CA for 5 years. I began cross training in several different arts, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Aikido, Shotokan Karate and several Kali systems.
My good fortune continued when I had a chance to train with Thomas White, Soke of San Do Kai Karate.
I was inducted into the International Kenpo Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2009, my wife and I started a Dojo, Elite Martial Arts, in Lake Havasu City Arizona where we continue to explore and teach Tracy’s Kenpo Karate and our own brand of eclectic Martial Arts.
Master Jeremy Stewart
I Began studying martial arts in 1997 under my father James Stewart in Tracy’s Kenpo Karate and Kang Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do. In 2003 Moved to Tulsa Oklahoma to study under Hanshi Roger Greene where I earned my Black Belt.
Since 2005 I have continued my training in both Kenpo and Kang Duk Kwan, earning the rank of 5th Dan in Kenpo and 3rd Dan in Kang Duk Kwan.
Over the years I have been able to study boxing, kickboxing and am currently studying jiu-jitsu.
I will be going over the use of striking combinations in a street fighting scenario. I will also be touching on the mindset needed to win the fight.
Master Roger Grimes
Roger Grimes is a shichidan (seventh degree black belt) in Tracy’s Kenpo under Grandmaster Mark Miller, a member of the Tracy’s Senior Advisory Council.
Mr. Grimes is a Sustaining Member of the Kenpo International Hall of Fame, and owned and operated Tracy’s Karate of North Ridgeville, OH for 18 years.
Mr. Grimes has been training in kenpo and competing in point fighting, open hand and weapons forms competition for over 30 years, and teaching the art of kenpo for over 20 years. He has competed in jujitsu tournaments, full contact MMA fights and has been showcasing his martial arts and Kenpo on youtube for 14 years.
Roger will be covering the Lost Techniques of Tracy’s Kenpo during his seminars at GOE 2022.
Master Felicia Finn
Felicia Finn holds the level of rokudan (6th degree black belt) in the arts of Chinese Kenpo (Tracy’s), Kajukenbo Kenpo and Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu, and a godan (5th degree black belt) under the WTKA. She also specializes in Aikido, Weaponry (Bo/Staff) and combative self-defense.
She is a full-time USA Boxing and Golden Gloves Coach, Full Contact Kickboxing and ISKA Kickboxing Coach, certified Life Coach and certified NLP Master Practitioner. She regularly conducts seminars and training camps for Corporate Leadership, Team Building, Aggression Management and Control and Self-Defense.
After a lifetime of research and practice, Ms. Finn believes that kenpo provides the martial arts practitioner with the best combination of well-rounded, street-smart self-defense and old school, traditional martial arts. Her favorite form is the Tiger & Crane because it embodies the life of nature and combines all of the elements of the martial arts.
To her, teaching is a way of giving back, and she focuses on creating a positive, energy building instructional environment.
Professor John Hatfield
Professor John Hatfield bowed into his first dojo in June of 1973. After three years of instruction under Sensei Francis Fredericks the dojo closed and Professor Hatfield joined the “United Studios of Self Defense” in Brockton, Massachusetts. At the age of twelve, while at the USSD, John became the private student of GM Shawn Gallagher. They still enjoy a student/instructor relationship after forty-six years.
While adhering to his first love (Kempo) John was also an active competitor in USA Boxing and NEKL Kickboxing. Twenty-five years ago John began a close relationship with Sifu Winchell Woo of the Boston Hung Gar Academy located in Boston, Chinatown. This proved to be a pivotal point in his understanding and approach to the art.
John has been a student of Chinese Kempo for forty-nine years and is the current owner of Bridgewater Martial Arts located in Massachusetts.