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16 Ferry Street, South Grafton, MA 01560

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Karate Instructors

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Sensei Debra Sensei Debra S. Ripsz - Owner and Chief Instructor Certified 6th Degree Master Black Belt. Sensei Deb has 35 years Martial Arts training with 26 years of teaching experience. She has studied three different Kenpo systems and continues to study with several Martial Arts Masters expanding her knowledge in multiple karate disciplines. Sensei Deb has participated in nationally rated tournaments as a Competitor and Judge. She has attended many seminars over the past 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. Presently she is a key participant in the Master Black Belt Classes taught by Kyoshi Tony Annesi of Bushido-Kai Martial Arts. She has participated in four of the Jeff Speakman International Kenpo Camps held annually in Las Vegas with Black Belts from around the world. Sensei Deb continues her studies with Master Ed Wilson with bi-weekly private sessions. She has also donated her time to teaching several self-defense classes in Corporate Business with the proceeds going to shelters for abused women. She has extensive experience as a New Products Program Manager including most recently 16 years at 3Com.

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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 3rd 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 3rd 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.

Laura

Jacob

Jeremy
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.
Jacob Phillips -
Certified 1st Degree Black Belt - Assistant Instructor.
Jacob has been training for 9 years in Martial Arts and is working toward his 2nd 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.


Junior Leaders / Assistant Instructors in Training:

  • Tori Phillips Brown Belt - 3rd Stripe, Junior Leader
  • Becca Shorr Brown Belt - 3rd Stripe, Junior Leader
  • Sami Sandakly Brown Belt - 3rd Stripe, Junior Leader
  • Brian Kostiw Brown Belt - 3rd Stripe, Junior Leader
  • Allison Kostiw - Brown Belt - 3rd Stripe, Junior Leader
  • Hunter Criasia - Brown Belt - 3rd Stripe, Junior Leader
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    Junior Leaders / Assistant Instructors in Training:

  • Nicole Powers Brown Belt - 2nd Stripe, Junior Leader
  • Samantha McQueen Brown Belt - 1st Stripe, Junior Leader
  • Katie Egan Brown Belt - 1st Stripe, Junior Leader
  • Julia McGlynn Brown Belt - 1st Stripe, Junior Leader
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