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Our Instructors
 

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Kenpo and other martial arts 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 this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students. Here are a few of East Taunton Kenpo Karate's instructors and other staff members, starting with :



 Professor Mike O'Handley
1969
Began studying Uechi Ryu Karate at the Institute of Okinawan Karate in Boston, MA
1973
Joined the US Air Force
1984
Studied Shoalin Kempo Karate at the United Studios of Self Defense in Braintree, MA
1984 - 2000
Competed actively in fighting, weapons, and forms
1987
Began assisting and teaching private lessons at United Studios in Braintree, MA under Myles Durkin
1990
Floor tested and received first degree Black Belt under Myles and Larry Mangone from Avon, MA
Became a certified PKL Official under Nick Cerio
1991
Began studying Parker American Kenpo Karate under Lenny Sprague of South Shore Martial Arts (SSMA) in Whitman, MA
Re-tested for first degree Black Belt in Parker American Kenpo, and was given title of Instructor. Began instructing classes for SSMA centers in Whitman and Hanover, MA
1992
Became a certified KRANE Official under Tony Cogliandro and Don Rodrigues
1994
Floor tested and received second degree Black Belt from Tony Cogliandro and the American Kenpo International (AKI) testing board in Saugus, MA
1997
Floor tested and received third degree Black Belt from Tony Cogliandro and the AKI Board
1998
Became the Director of martial arts programs for the Little Gym in Raynham, MA
1999
Joined North East Karate Instructors Chinese Kenpo/Kempo (NEKICK) under Grand master Alan Cunningham
1999 - 2003
Presided as cross country running coach for Martin Middle school in Taunton, MA with teams winning City Champs every year
1999 - 2006
Served on the Sensei Board, Advisors Board, Testing Board and School Owners Board, as well as co-directed a NEKICK Tournament
2000
Floor tested under the NEKICK board, Shihan Myles Durkin of the Quanfa Association and Grand master Alan Cunningham earning a promotion to fourth degree Black Belt, with the Title of Sensei 
2001-present
Opened East Taunton Kenpo Karate. This has expanded to Fitness programs, cardio Kick Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
2003
Floor tested again with ?24 hrs notice? under the NEKICK Association and was promoted to fifth degree Black Belt by Grand master Alan Cunningham
2004
After Instructing a seminar at East Bridgewater High School for the NEKICK Association and International guests, was promoted to the title of Associate Professor
2006
Began studying grappling and mixed martial arts (MMA) submission under Gracie Black Belt Andre ?Dedeco? Almeida
2006
Was asked by Grand Master Cogliandro to re affiliate with the American Kenpo International (AKI) Association.
2007 - Present
Trains and operates a demo team and a tournament team.
Runs road races and Marathons, has attended Seminars actively since 1989 when his first was with Grand master Ed Parker. He has retired as Manager of Maintenance Operations Support for the U.S. Postal Service after 37 years.
2008
October 4th - Promoted by Master Cogliandro to Sixth Degree Black Belt.
2011
May 29th.- Promoted by Grand Master Tony Cogliandro to Seventh Degree Black Belt.


PICTUREINSTRUCTOR INFO
Mike O'Handley sr.
7th. Degree Black Belt, Chief Instructor, Owner and Manager of East Taunton Kenpo Karate

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Jeff Besse
4th. DEGREE BLACK BELT SENSEI / SENIOR INSTRUCTOR, American Kenpo, Blue Belt Director in ETKK Jiu Jitsu/ Submission Grappling MMA.

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Jim Mulvey
3rd. DEGREE BLACK BELT, INSTRUCTOR.

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Stuart Parzyck
3rd..DEGREE BLACK BELT Instructor in Kenpo, & Blue Belt Instructor in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.

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Tiffany MacLean
2nd. DEGREE ADULT BLACK BELT / INSTRUCTOR

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Jaden Chin
2nd. DEGREE ADULT BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR.

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Cam Hayden
2nd. DEGREE ADULT BLACK BELT / INSTRUCTOR

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Kevin Carter
SECOND DEGREE BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR

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Amna Farahat
SECOND DEGREE BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR

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Denise Whitmore
1st. DEGREE BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR R.A.D. / WOMENS SELF DEFENSE DIRECTOR.

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Erin Mulvey
1st. Degree BLACK BELT / INSTRUCTOR.

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Jaime Lee
1st.Degree Adult BLACK BELT / INSTRUCTOR!

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John Botelho
1st. Degree BLACK BELT / INSTRUCTOR

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Seth Lee
FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT / Asst. Instructor

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Tygan Chin
FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT / Asst Instructor

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DAVID CARTER
1ST. DEGREE BLACK BELT Assistant Inst. in training.

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Kathryn Mercadante
1st. Degree Adult BLACK BELT / Assistant Instructor

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Meri Pawlowski
1st. Degree Black Belt - Assistant Instructor.

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Charles Wilder
1st. Degree Black Belt - assistant Instructor.

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Shaynah Jerman
1st. Degree Black Belt / Assistant Instructor

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ROY JERMAN
3rd. Degree Brown Belt- ASSISTANT INST.

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VICTORIA RODRIGUEZ
3rd. DEGREE BROWN BELT- ASSISTANT INST.

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MICHAEL BUCKLEY
GREEN BELT- ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

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AMY PRUNIER
GREEN BELT, ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

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Sheadon Jerman
8th. DEGREE Jr. BLACK BELT / Jr. LEADER

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EMILY ROBINSON
4th. Degree Jr. Black Belt- Jr. Leader

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JAY RODRIGUEZ
2nd. Degree Jr. Black Belt- Jr. Leader

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JASON MURPHY
1st. Degree Brown Belt- Jr. :Leader

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GRACE ANDRADE
1st. Degree Jr. Black Belt- Jr. Leader.

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SHELBY JERMAN
BROWN BELT- Jr. Leader

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DAVID GILDRED
BROWN BELT- Jr. Leader

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KAREN TRUCCHI
ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR

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JANE KALIF
"THE SEWING LADY"

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