Shihan Gary Meyer
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.
SENSEI CRAIG COGAN
Sensei Craig has over twenty years of experience in Hung Gar and Wing Chun Kung Fu. He is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt. Previously he had his own school in Nashua, New Hampshire. Sensei Craig is a graduate of Boston College and a family man whose children continually teach him the lesson of patience.
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 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 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 earned 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 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 TIMOTHY HAGAN
Sensei Tim has been practicing in the martial arts since he was very young. By the age of 19 he received Black Belts in multiple styles including American Kenpo karate, Japanese Jiu Jitsu, and Choy Li Fut Kung Fu. He has since diversified his knowledge by exploring as many different styles as he can. Sensei Tim has also spent extensive time giving back to his community by aiding in the instruction of law enforcement and local women’s self-defense courses. When he is not sharing his knowledge with students, Sensei Tim enjoys improving his own martial arts abilities as well as traveling and exploring new, exciting places.
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 4th Degree Black Belt at the age of 24. He continues to be athletic in his spare time, having fun with activities such as hiking, rock climbing and water sports.
Miss Jesseny Whitehouse
Jesseny grew up in Reading, MA where she now has the honor of managing our main studio location! Jess graduated from Salem State University with a degree in Journalism and minor in Business. During her time at school, a love for writing, travel, and the beach brought her to Australia where she also studied journalism and film editing at the University of Newcastle. Working hard outside of school Jess gained years of real world managerial experience, which eventually brought her to EFK after graduation. When not at EFK, she loves exploring new places, whether it be on the mountain or the beach, with friends and family.
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!