INSTRUCTORS

Shihan Gary Meyer

Master Sensei Herman Ocasio

Sensei Herman grew up in Haverhill, Massachussetts, where he learned Martial Arts at his Father's dojo. He worked hard here to gain his 1st Degree Black Belt and began teaching at a very young age. The vast knowledge and experience he has gained over the years include Kenpo, Kung-Fu, Jeet-Ku-Do and XMA. This earned him the title of Master Sensei here at Elite Freestyle Karate in 2013, where he has worked hard to create and implement inspiring new programs for our students. Alongside his teaching he continues to keep fit and train hard, and in 2015 he advanced to his 6th Degree Black Belt. Outside of the dojo he loves learning new things to contribute towards his success. He is also a family man, and loves trying new foods with his family on the weekends.

Sensei Ethan Wager

Sensei Ethan has a wide variety of Martial Arts experience, having gained a 1st Degree Black Belt in taekwondo, as well as a 2nd Degree Black Belt in karate and jiu-jitsu. His versatility has made him a passionate and knowledgeable martial artist, and let him to pursuing the role of Sensei here at Elite Freestyle Karate in 2014. He especially enjoys grappling, and loves to both teach his skills to his students and continue to improve in his own training. He regularly attends Kickboxing classes and runs to stay fit and healthy. He is also a huge animal lover, with a cat and dog that he loves to play with and take care of.

Sensei Brittney Walley

Sensei Brittney began Martial Arts in 2001 and began coaching younger students just 5 years later. She earned her 1st Degree Black Belt in 2007 and quickly set herself the new goal of bringing her Martial Arts to the competition circuit. In 2008 she joined an international sport karate team and went on to be awarded 2 KRANE Hall of Fame awards for forms and weapons, as well as being successful in multiple national and international championships. She joined Elite Freestyle Karate in 2015 and within 4 months had earned her 2nd Degree black belt. She is a huge lover of cats and when she is not in her Karate uniform she loves a good swim.

Sensei Jonathan Ruf

Sensei Ruf began martial arts at the young age of 6 in the year 2003, where he quickly moved his way through the ranks. After he and his family relocated in 2009 he joined Elite Freestyle Karate, and by August 2012 he had achieved his black belt here. He began teaching the same year and the following year he worked extensively to earn his 1st degree black belt and the title of Sempai. He spent the next 2 years working hard on his teaching and continuing to train. This hard work paid off in 2015 when he earned his 2nd degree black belt, as well as the title of Sensei. His favorite thing to work on is grappling. He is also an avid lover of cars, regularly attending and partaking in car shows in his spare time.

Miss Teri Jenkins

Teri's martial arts experience began in Taekwondo, which she began at the age of 7 in Salem, New Hampshire. She worked hard to earn herself a place on the demo team, with which she travelled around New England showcasing the talent of their school. Alongside this she continued to dedicate herself to testing through the ranks. This hard work paid off when, at the young age of 11, she obtained her 1st Degree Black BElt. On top of all this martial arts experience Teri has 6 years of managerial experience. With these considerable skills she began working at Elite Freestyle Karate in March 2015 as an instructor and office manager. Her current work is mostly for the back end of the business. She also has a 4-year-old daughter who is following in her mother's footsteps by taking classes here at EFK.

Sensei Kaitlyn Assmann

Sensei Kaitlyn began karate at the age of 4 in her home town in central New York. She gained her 1st Degree Black Belt when she was 15 years old and her 2nd Degree Black Belt 2 years later. In spite of moving away for college, Kaitlyn continued to train at her home dojo whenever she returned. This hard work and dedication paid off when she earnt her 3rd Degree Black Belt at 19. She loved working on her self-defense techniques and this passion manifested itself in her teaching, which she worked on throughout her time at her home dojo. Her love for teaching drove her to move to Massachusetts in April 2016 to become a Sensei here at Elite Freestyle Karate. When she isn’t teaching her self-defense moves to her students, Kaitlyn loves to ride horses. She also has a love for artwork, having graduated from Monserrat College of Art, and write and illustrates a web comic in her spare time.

Sensei Ryan Carufe

Sensei Ryan began karate when he was 5 years old in Connecticut, where he was born and raised. He advanced quickly and earned his 1st Degree Black Belt at the young age of 10. He began teaching just a year later, and as he continued to grow and learn he began taking on more advanced seminars and private lessons. In spite of being busy with his teaching, he managed to find the time to work with the demonstration team, as well as continuing to test as a black belt. This hard work earned him his 3rd Degree Black Belt at the age of 18. He continues to be athletic in his spare time, having fun with activities such as hiking, rock climbing and water sports.

Sensei Peter McLeod Warrick

Sensei Peter grew up in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, where he began his martial arts training at a young age. He has 20 years of martial arts experience, having studied both Uechi-Ryu and Mixed Martial Arts. His hard work led him through the ranks, and he continued to advance as a black belt. This dedication earned him a 5th Degree Black Belt. His hobbies outside of the dojo include playing his guitar and Ultimate Frisbee. He is also a coffee connoisseur and enjoys himself the occasional cinnamon dolce latte (nonfat).

Jesseny Whitehouse

Katie Roeser

Sensei Craig Cogan

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