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16 Ferry Street, South Grafton, MA 01560

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Karate Instructors

Sensei Debra Sensei Debra
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Sensei Debra Sensei Debra S. Ripsz - Founder Certified 6th Degree Master Black Belt. Sensei Deb had 35 years of Martial Arts training with 26 years of teaching experience. She had studied three different Kenpo systems and through out her life continued to study with several Martial Arts Masters expanding her knowledge in multiple karate disciplines. Sensei Deb had participated in nationally rated tournaments as a Competitor and Judge. She had learned from the very best having attended many seminars over 23 plus years with some of the top instructors from the Ed Parker System, e.g. John Sepulveda, Paul Dye, Huk Planas, Skip Hancock, Ron Chapel, Jeff Speakman, Frank Trejo, as well as instructors from different Martial Arts and Kick Boxing styles, e.g. Benny the Jet, Gene Labelle, Vladimir Vasiliev. She always continued to better herself in the martial arts, including being a key participant in the Master Black Belt Classes taught by Kyoshi Tony Annesi of Bushido-Kai Martial Arts. She had participated in four of the Jeff Speakman International Kenpo Camps held annually in Las Vegas with Black Belts from around the world. Sensei Deb continued her studies with Master Ed Wilson with bi-weekly private sessions. She had also donated her time to teaching several self-defense classes in Corporate Business with the proceeds going to shelters for abused women.

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Sensei Ann Morreale - Certified 4th Degree Black Belt. Sensei Ann has 25 years Martial Arts training with 14 years of part time teaching experience. She has studied three different Kenpo systems and has several years experience in Shorin-Ryu. She works full time as a Veterinarian Technician at the MetroWest Veterinarian Clinic in Milford.
Sensei Rick LeDoux - Certified 4th Degree Black Belt. Sensei Rick has 17 years Martial Arts training with 11 years of part time teaching experience. He works full time as VP of Operations at Protium Technologies in Marlboro. Sensei Maria Plante - Certified 4th Degree Black Belt. Sensei Maria has 17 years Martial Arts training with 11 years of part time teaching experience. She works full time as Assistant Compliance Officer at Brown Lisle Cummings in Rhode Island. Jacob Phillips -
Certified 1st Degree Black Belt
Jake has been a martial artist and a student at Defense-Wise for 10 years and has 9 years of part-time teaching experience. In addition to American Kenpo, he has studied Taekwondo and Capoeira and has experimented with Ba Gua Zhang. He also works as an Assistant Youth Services Librarian in Webster.

Laura

Jeremy

Becca
Laura Townsend -
Certified 2nd Degree Black Belt - Assistant Instructor.
Laura has been training for 12 years in Martial Arts and is currently working toward her 3rd degree.
Jeremy Shorr -
Certified 1st Degree Black Belt - Assistant Instructor.
Jeremy has been training for 8 years in Martial Arts and is working toward his 2nd degree.
Becca Shorr -
Certified 1st Degree Black Belt - Assistant Instructor.
Becca has been training for 8 years in Martial Arts and is working toward her 2nd degree.


Junior Leaders / Assistant Instructors in Training:

  • Sami Sandakly Certified 1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Leader
  • Brian Kostiw Certified 1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Leader
  • Allison Kostiw - Certified 1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Leader
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    Junior Leaders / Assistant Instructors in Training:

  • Nicole Powers Certified 1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Leader
  • Katie Egan 1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Leader
  • Julia McGlynn 1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Leader
  • Owen Matthieu Brown Belt - 2nd Stripe, Junior Leader
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