Shihan Gary Meyer
Sensei Nick Cefalo
Sensei Nick grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts, where he began his martial arts journey on Monday November 29, 1993 at Eastern freestyle Karate under the teachings of Shihan Gary R. Meyer (then Sensei Gary R. Meyer) at the age of 15 years old. He worked hard there to gain his Black Belt in June of 1996, the day after his high school graduation. While training as a student, Sensei Nick began his apprenticeship towards Sensei in the summer of 1994 where he went from apprentice instructor to assistant to full instructor to Sempai then finally to Sensei. Sensei Nick has continued to train in various martial arts throughout the years including his original training at EFK, F.A.S.T. Defense, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Qi-Kung and tai chi. Sensei Nick took a 10 year hiatus from teaching to pursue a career in law enforcement but never stopped his martial arts training in that time. Sensei Nick has a passion for sharing his knowledge of the martial arts with others and is honored to be a part of the Elite Freestyle Karate Family once again. Sensei Nick is also a devoted family man, enjoys trying new foods and studying Eastern Philosophy.
SENSEI SEAN GRANEY
Sensei Sean began his martial arts training at the age of 7 and earned his black belt by the age of 14. By the time he graduated high school Sensei Sean had achieved his second-degree black belt and earned the title of Sensei. In college Sean joined the Bryant University Karate Club, where he served as both President and Vice President of the club during his Junior and Senior years respectively. During his training at Bryant University Sensei Sean was awarded a brown belt in Taekwondo.
SENSEI MANNY ACOSTA-ROBLES
Sensei Manny has been teaching Martial Arts going on 15+ years. His background includes having a 4th Degree in Taekwondo and 2nd Degrees in both Hapkido (Korean form of Aikido) and Kumdo (Korean sword). He’s also a 2005 Jr. National Forms Champion and 2008 Sr. National Heavyweight Sparring Champion. He credits teaching martial arts for helping him discover his energetic and enthusiastic personality. If he’s not teaching, he spends his time being a father to his 2 kids. His favorite superhero is Batman and claims the Power Rangers were the driving force behind him putting on a uniform.
SENSEI HENRY ROLFE
SENSEI TAYLOR VELASQUEZ
SENSEI JASMINE LESLIE
Sensei Jasmine began her martial arts training at eleven in 2004 after practicing ballet for 3 years. She became interested in martial arts after watching her younger brother spar in an interschool tournament. She studied American Karate and Kenpo in Conyers, GA with U.M.A.S. Karate and trained for a total of 14 years. She earned the rank of 4th degree in 2018, taught martial arts for a total of 11 years as both assistant instructor and head instructor. She took a small hiatus from the dojo to obtain her Political Science degree from University of Georgia, intern in Washington DC, and worked as an Executive Assistant to a local Nissan owner. During the hiatus, she continued to work as a mentor for students in preparation for their black belts. Sensei Jasmine moved to the Boston Area in February of 2021. In her free time Sensei Jasmine plays online with her friends on PC and Switch, going on city adventures, and reading.
SENSEI LOGAN SALVI
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 5th Degree Black Belt at the age of 28.
Miss Kate Roeser
Kate grew up in Nashua, NH. She graduated from Newbury College in Brookline, MA with a degree in Business Management and was a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. At Newbury, Kate played basketball for four years and ran cross country for two years. Aside from participating in sports she also coached youth basketball camps and youth travel softball in Nashua. Kate lives an active lifestyle, focusing on running as well as nutrition. When not at EFK, she enjoys spending time with family and friends!