The Academy of Traditional Karate employs internationally certified karate instructors who have achieved certified teaching ranks from Shidokan International.

Team Elite – The Academy’s Internationally Certified Karate Instructors & Staff

Team Elite - Internationally Certified Karate InstructorsThe Academy of Traditional Karate’s Team Elite members are highly dedicated and hard-working professional instructors who are on the cutting edge of teaching methods, curriculum development, and business strategy in the industry. Team Elite members possess the skills necessary to teach martial arts as well as character development and goal setting. They are a world class group of individuals who are constantly striving to have the greatest possible impact on their students while sharing the art of karate.

Todd J. Keane

Kyoshi - Karate Title KanjiKyoshi Todd J. Keane

  • 8th Degree Black Belt (Hachidan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) in Okinawan Kobudo (Weaponry)
  • Kyoshi has also trained in Yang Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Goju-Ryu Karate, Fencing, Shotokan Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Kendo, Iaido, and Shiatsu, Various Philipino Martial Arts, Traveled to Okinawa, Japan to meet and train with Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine.
  • Started training in the martial arts in 1979, starting the study of Karate in 1983
  • MBA, Bentley College
  • BS in Computer Information Systems, Bentley College
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid
  • Previous Professional Experience – Owned and operated a small business, Systems Analyst for Hewlett Packard Company
  • Accomplishments –Raising two wonderful children
  • Interests – History; Asian Studies; Personal Development, particularly peak performance and team building consistent with positive values; playing with my son and daughter.
Kristen A. Keane

Shidoshi - Karate Title KanjiShidoshi Kristen A. Keane

  • Assistant Managing Director
  • 6th Degree Black Belt (Rokyudan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan) in Okinawan Kobudo (Weaponry)
  • Former Instructor of the Year
  • Started training at the Academy Of Traditional Karate in 1990
  • Martial Arts Background: Kobudo Shodan, Tai Chi- Yang Style Short Form, Co-Chair USA-NKF Massachusetts for 1 year, Tournament Director, Traveled to Okinawa, Japan to meet and train with Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine, Fencing, Level 1 Shiatsu
  • BS Business Admin. – Merrimack College
  • CPR & First Aid Certified
  • Interests other than Karate: her family, her friends, gardening, cooking.
  • Other accomplishments: 2 Children with a wonderful husband, helping to develop the students of ATK and assist them in reaching their goals, helped to raise thousands of dollars for MDA.
James L. Goddard

Shihan - Karate Title KanjiShihan James L. Goddard

  • 6th Degree Black Belt (Rokyudan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan) in Kobudo (Weaponry)
  • Former Instructor of the Year
  • Previous Martial arts experience before joining the Academy – 2 years Kempo
  • Began training at the Academy Of Traditional Karate in 1992
  • Graduated Northern Essex Community College, High Honors, Graduated UNH, bachelor degree in Forest Management
  • First aid Certified, CPR Certified
  • Other interests: Gardening, travel, sports memorabilia
  • Other accomplishments: climbed Mt. Fuji, focus on properly raising two sons
Steve Kalkwarf

Renshi - Karate Title KanjiRenshi Steve Kalkwarf

  • 4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan) in Okinawan Kobudo (Weaponry)
  • Renshi Teaching title
  • Former Adult Instructor of the Year
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Certifed in CPR
  • Interests: Tinkering with vintage vacuum tube audio; Listening to instrumental surf music (among other genres); Solving interesting technical problems; Reading almost anything.
Steve Merry

Renshi - Karate Title KanjiRenshi Steve Merry

  • 5th Degree Black Belt (Godan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan) in Kobudo (Weaponry)
  • Former Instructor of the Year
  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • Occupation: Production Manager: High Level Manufacturing
  • Certifications: CPR/First Aid, First Level Instructor for Kyusho International
  • Interests: Various Martial Arts, Music (Guitar, Keyboards), electronics/robotics
  • Other life skills or interests: 4 years US Air Force, Teaching Martial Arts
Anthony Alessandro

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei Anthony Alessandro

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Former Instructor of the Year
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stonehill College, double majored in Elementary Education and American Studies
  • Licensed Massachusetts State Teacher
  • First aid Certified, CPR Certified
  • Full Time Program Director at the Academy
  • Has been training at the Academy since 7 years old
Terry McKeon

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei Terry McKeon

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Former Instructor of the Year
  • Experience in Rehabilitation Therapy for Alzheimer’s patients
  • Volunteer Work to date: Adult Literacy, contributing columnist to Naval Post-Grad magazine, Pre-school exercise and motion class, 8 yrs public school volunteer (8 yrs elementary, 3 yrs middle school) Destination Imagination coach 3 yrs., extensive experience with Learning Disabilities both verbal and non-verbal. Proficient in all stages of Alzheimer’s care.
  • Mother of 2 Black Belts and wife of a Black Belt. Married over 20 years, 10 as a Navy wife (moved 8 times, understands deployments and all that they involve).
  • Life skills: Flexible, creative, look for the good, love to laugh heartily and often, and love to help people achieve.
  • First Aid and CPR certified
Al Rego

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei Al Rego

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Former Instructor of the Year
  • MBA from Suffolk University
  • Bachelors in Finance from Suffolk
  • Has worked in the financial analysis and services fields
  • Avid hockey fan
  • First aid Certified, CPR Certified
  • Loves to help adults and children achieve their karate goals
Spencer Goddard

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei Spencer Goddard

  • Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Current Instructor of the Year
  • Enjoys grappling
  • Enjoys collecting fish and weight lifting
Nathaniel Plusquellic

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Nathaniel Plusquellic

  • Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Attends Stoneham High
  • Enjoys working helping students improve and having fun while doing it
Arianna Crawford

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei Arianna Crawford

  • Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Attends Middlesex Community College
  • Oldest of 8 children
  • CPR certified
  • Active member of her church
CJ Anderson

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei CJ Anderson

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Attends Merrimack College
  • Enjoys working with children
  • Pursuing a career in electrical engineering
  • Always happy to help others
  • CRP and 1st aid certified
Kayla McEachern

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Kayla McEachern

  • Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Attends Wilmington High School
  • Hopes to be a Pediatrician
  • Enjoys working with children of multiple ages
Becca Davis

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Becca Davis

  • Junior Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Enjoys dance and working with Little Samurai Karate students
Cody Summers

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Cody Summers

  • Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
Tommy Bradford

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Tommy Bradford

  • Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
Emily Marcotte

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Emily Marcotte

  • 3rd Degree Junior Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
MJ Scaramozzino

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai MJ Scaramozzino

  • Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • 1st degree junior Black Belt in Kobudo (Weapons)
  • Reached 8th degree junior Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Attends Wilmington High School
  • Plays in the high school band
  • CRP Certified, 1st aid certified
  • Started Karate at age 4
Kayla Plusquellic

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Kayla Plusquellic

  • 5th degree junior Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
Max Davis

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Max Davis

  • 5th degree junior Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
Joey Keane

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Joey Keane

  • Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Attends Central Catholic
  • Previously attended St. Augustines in Andover
  • Enjoys working with students and seeing them mature and improve
  • Enjoys music and swimming
Megan Olson

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Megan Olson

  • Junior Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Attends Austin Prep
  • Enjoys working with children of all ages and seeing them learn new things.
  • Participates on the swim team