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.

Kyoshi Todd Keane

Hanshi - Karate Title KanjiHanshi Todd J. Keane

  • 9th Degree Black Belt (Kudan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) in Okinawan Kobudo (Weaponry)
  • Hanshi 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.
Shidoshi Kristen Keane

Shidoshi - Karate Title KanjiShidoshi Kristen A. Keane

  • Assistant Managing Director
  • 7th 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.
Renshi Steve Kalkwarf

Shihan - Karate Title KanjiShihan 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
  • Certified in CPR
  • Interests: Tinkering with vintage vacuum tube audio; Listening to instrumental surf music (among other genres); Solving interesting technical problems; Reading almost anything.
Sensei Anthony Alessandro

Renshi - Karate Title KanjiRenshi Anthony Alessandro

  • 4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan) 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

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei Arianna Crawford

  • Sandan (3rd degree Black Belt) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Oldest of 9 children
  • CPR/first aid certified
  • Black Belt in Kobudo (hard weapons)
  • Former Instructor of the Year
  • Training since 12 years old
  • Ari loves helping others and working with teens and children

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei CJ Anderson

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Graduated from Merrimack College
  • Enjoys working with children
  • Former Instructor of the Year
  • Training since age 4
  • Currently a real estate paralegal when not teaching in the dojo
  • Always happy to help others
  • CRP and 1st aid certified

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Peter Mottolo

  • Training since 4 years old
  • Nidan (2nd degree Black Belt)
  • Trains with brother and dad (also a Black Belt)
  • Enjoys gaming
  • Peter enjoys working with all different types of students to help them get the best out of themselves

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei Dean Velozo

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan ) Matsubayashi Karate Do
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) Shotokan Karate
  • Former Instructor of the year
  • Started training in martial arts in 1980
  • Previous Training: Judo, Mauy Thai, Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Boxing
  • 3 Children, 3 Grandchildren
  • Other interests include: Skiing around the country, Fishing, Golf

Sensei - Karate Title KanjiSensei MJ Scaramozzino

  • Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • Black Belt in Kobudo (Weapons)
  • Reached 8th degree junior Black Belt in Matsubayashi Karate-Do
  • UMass Lowell Alumni
  • Currently working in graphic design
  • CRP Certified, 1st aid certified
  • Started Karate at age 4
  • MJ enjoys seeing students improve and bring them from the younger ages to the older classes

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Ethan Karnesky

  • Training since 9 years old
  • Training with his sister and father since 2010
  • Nidan (2nd degree Black Belt)
  • Ethan enjoys passing down the things that he has learned over the years to the next generation

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Diya Shah

  • Training since 10 years old
  • Enjoy reading, music, and horseback riding
  • Shodan (first degree black belt)
  • Diya really enjoys working at the Academy because it gives her a chance to make a difference in someones day

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Ela Karnesky

  • Training since 7 years old
  • Nidan (Second degree black belt)
  • Attends Umass Lowell for biomedical engineering
  • Trains with brother and father
  • Ela enjoys working with kids and helping with growing their confidence, just like it has helped her own confidence grow

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Domenic Guisti

  • Has been training since 8 years of age
  • Joshu Yonbon (4th degree junior black belt)
  • Enjoys making YouTube videos, bike riding, spending time with family, and most importantly, training at karate.
  • Dom enjoys helping people along their path in karate and seeing students work their way up to Black Belt

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Maddie Dillon

  • Nidan (Second degree Black Belt)
  • Attending University of Oregon
  • Likes drawing, painting and art
  • Maddie really enjoys teaching kids and helping them to grow and learn.  Teaching also helps Maddie become a better Karate student for herself.

Shidoin - Karate Title KanjiShidoin Lauren Farelli

  • Nikyu (second degree brown belt)
  • Trains with family (including 2 siblings and dad)
  • Enjoys writing and singing (choir), and also loves expanding a jewelry collection
  • Lauren loves helping people and enjoys watching people grow and achieve their goals

Sempai - Karate Title KanjiSempai Aidan Ruelos

  • Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
  • Plays in marching and jazz band at Reading High School
  • Aidan enjoys seeing students grow and become more confident

Shidoin - Karate Title KanjiShidoin Anja Mehmedagic

  • Joshu Shoban (Jr Black Belt)
  • Enjoys rock climbing and skiing
  • Anja likes to work with students and see them progress.  She also enjoys passing down Karate skills to other people, just like her instructors did for her.

Shidoin - Karate Title KanjiShidoin Aedan Mady

  • Joshu Niban (2nd Degree Junior Black Belt)
  • Trains alongside 2 of his sisters (one of 5 kids in his family)
  • Enjoys drawing and dungeons and dragons
  • Aedan likes helping people and watching then grow

Shidoin - Karate Title KanjiShidoin Sarah Farelli

  • Ikkyu (1st degree brown belt)
  • Trains along side her sister, brother and father
  • Sings in a choir, and dabbles in other musical instruments
  • Participates in French club
  • Sarah enjoys working with students and seeing them succeed.  It’s very satisfying seeing things “click” in their head