Chinese Kempo Instructors
Our classes are taught by a team of skilled instructors, dedicated to providing a family oriented self-defense curriculum through drills, forms and combinations to students.
Our instructing team provides a well-rounded martial arts and self-defense education to students in the Northford, North Haven, Wallingford, North Branford, Branford, Guilford, Madison, East Haven, and New Haven towns and surrounding areas.
Sensei Tom Smith - 6th Dan Tiger Master
Owner of Chinese Kempo Academy in Northford, CT, Sensei Tom earned his 6th dan Black Belt in 2013. Since CKA opened in 1995, Sensei Tom has been augmenting instruction of the traditional art with effective self-defense drills and elements from the mixed martial arts to provide students with a multi-faceted learning experience which incorporates the fitness training of sport martial arts with a core of real-world self-defense. Tom is also a certified NRA Instructor, and a Level 1 KAPAP Instructor.
Mike Dixon - 6th Dan Tiger Master
Mike Dixon earned his 6th dan black belt in 2013. He trains with CKA's Masters' Club, assists in proctoring tests for various ranks, including black belt, participates in our annual demo and provides support in developing CKA's curriculum.
Erin Flynn - 6th Dan Crane Master
Erin Flynn is an affiliate master to the Chinese Kempo Academy, providing valuable input in awarding the rank of black belt, training with our Masters' Club, participating in our annual demo, and providing curriculum support. Master Flynn earned his 6th dan black belt in 2013.
TJ Dwyer - 3rd Dan Black Belt, Senior Instructor
TJ Dwyer is one of our senior instructors, and works alongside Sensei Tom to instruct our young martial arts students. TJ earned his 3rd dan in November 2008.
Tom Abbott - 3rd Dan Black Belt, Senior Instructor
Tom joined CKA after earning his 1st dan black belt, and has since become an integral part of our instructing staff. Tom teaches the adult class on Thursday evenings. He earned his 3rd dan black belt in 2011.
Margi McNellis - 2nd Degree Black Belt, Instructor
Margi returned to the martial arts at CKA in April of 2012, after having earned her black belt in 2005. She instructs with Sensei Tom during classes and seminars. Margi earned her 2nd dan black belt in November 2013. She also provides administrative support at the dojo.
Chinese Kempo Academy Assistant Instructors
Our assistant instructors help our instructors by rolling out the heavy bags for students, working with students, and taking over for a few minutes if needed.
Van earned his 2nd dan black belt in November 2013, and studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with our BJJ Coach, Chris Watson.
Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach works with students to help them develop grappling skills and applications within the art.
Chris studied under Professor Fabio Araujo, and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.