Instructors

Our instructors have devoted many years to training in their art and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors. Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in their martial art and discipline and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students. They will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your individual goals (and maybe even reach some new goals you never before thought possible).

Thomas M. O’Shaughnessy
Co-Founder

  • 8th Dan black belt – Judo
  • Multiple black belts in various martial arts
  • 60+ years of training

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Sifu Joseph Prignano
Co-Founder

  • 7th Dan black belt (Hanshi) – Bujutsu
  • 50+ years training
  • Instructor since 1994

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Master Mark R. Henry
Chief Instructor
Bujutsu Instructor
Head Boxing Coach
Kickboxing Instructor
Personal Fitness Trainer
Self-Defense Instructor
Sensei Mark R. Henry

  • Certified Complete Sports Conditioning Coach-MBSC
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine MMA Conditioning Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Youth, Women, Seniors and Group Training Certifications
  • Certified Personal Trainer-NPTI
  • Advanced Personal Trainer Certification-TWCC
  • 2016 & 2017 Voted Best Personal trainer in Kane County

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Mike de la Torriente
Judo Instructor

  • 3rd Dan Black Belt Judo

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Sensei Scott A. Kimmel
Hapkido/Aikido Instructor
Bujutsu Instructor
Self-Defense Instructor

  • 3rd Dan black belt – Bujutsu
  • 1st Dan black belt – Hapkido
  • 1st Dan black belt – Judo
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Initial year of training: 2002

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Sensei Carl Miller
Isshin Ryu Instructor

  • Roku-dan (6th degree black belt) IWKA (Isshinryu World Karate Association)

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Sensei Dan Spychalski
Wing Chun Instructor Spychalski Dan profile

  • 4th degree Kajukenbo black belt
  • 1st Dan Kyuki-Do
  • Multi-discipline competition experience
  • Began training in 1990
  • Instructor since 1993

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Sensei Alex Damir
Bujutsu Instructor Damir Alex_profile

  • 1st Dan – Kyokushin Karate
  • Began martial arts training in 1992

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Sensei Mike Kreminski
Bujutsu Instructor Kreminski Mike profile

  • 1st Dan Shotokan Karate

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Coach Dan Meshenky
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor dan_meshenky_bio

  • Brown belt – BJJ

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Paul Sharp
BJJ instructor

  • 1st Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Chris Haueter/Combat Base.
  • Recognized as a Coach by Matt Thornton/Straight Blast Gym, International.
  • Full Instructor in JKD Concepts and Filipino Martial Arts.

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John LaSusa
Assistant Boxing Coach

  • Assistant Boxing Instructor
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Shotokan Karate
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Bujutsu

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Artie Grubba
Assistant Judo Coach

  • Brown Belt Brazilian JiuJitsu
  • Brown Belt Judo
  • 16 gi/no-gi BJJ tournament championships

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Tom Kasper
Assistant Judo Instructor Tom Kasper

  • 1st Dan black belt – Judo

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Lou Nzinga
Assistant Judo Instructor Lou Nzinga

  • 1st Dan black belt – Judo
  • Blue Sash – Kung Fu

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Liam O’Shaughnessy
Visiting Instructor Liam O'Shaughnessy

  • 5th Dan black belt – Judo
  • 2nd Dan black belt  – Shotokan Karate – T.A.S.K Certified
  • BJJ – Blue Belt

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Master Roy Keen
Bujutsu Instructor – Guest

  • 4th Degree black belt Jujutsu – Bushido Chin Na Go Shin Jutsu Jiu Jitsu
  • 4th Degree black belt Hapkido – ICHF Combat Hapkido
  • 3rd Degree black belt Hapkido – World Ki-Do Federation, Hanminjok Hapkido Assoc., Korea
  • 1st Degree black belt Judo – International School of Budo, South Elgin Budokan

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Liz Prignano
Business Manager

  • 1st Dan black belt – Bujutsu
  • Orange Sash – Tai Chi

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