Karate Résumé

Summary of Qualifications

  • 4th degree black belt in Shotokan karate; over 15 years of training & 13 years as an instructor
  • 7 years of military service with experience as fitness program administrator and circuit training leader
  • Volunteer experience with school district & local businesses with demonstrations and exhibitions

Experience

Karate & Self-Defense Instructor

No Excuses Fitness by Kelly, Zelienople, PA (3/2010 – 1/2013)

  • Women’s Self-Defense Class instructor teaching basic street fighting techniques, focusing on a women’s strengths and an attackers weaknesses; with hand & foot strike drills and scenario-based fighting
  • Children’s Self-Defense Class instructor focusing on anti-bullying strategies, adult attackers, and basic street smarts to avoid confrontations; faster-paced, fun class aimed to keep younger attention spans
  • Private martial arts classes based primarily on the Shotokan karate system; expanding on a myriad of blocks, hand and foot strikes, self-defense, kata/forms, and sparring

Self-Defense Instructor

Cranberry Parks & Recreation, Cranberry Township, PA (1/2011 – 3/2011)

  • Women’s Self-Defense Class instructor teaching basic street fighting techniques, focusing on a women’s strengths and an attackers weaknesses; with hand & foot strike drills and scenario-based fighting
  • Children’s Self-Defense Class instructor focusing on anti-bullying strategies, adult attackers, and basic street smarts to avoid confrontations; faster-paced, fun class aimed to keep younger attention spans

Fitness Leader & Field Training Instructor

US Air Force, Various Locations (8/2003 – 5/2007)

  • Fitness Program Officer for squadron of 150+ members; Oversaw training, progress & test administration; Lead workouts as Unit Fitness Leader; including jogging, circuit training, and group calisthenics
  • Served as Air Force ROTC equivalent of drill instructor, including rigorous mental and physical conditioning, as well as classroom instruction, mentoring, and evaluation of leadership potential

AFROTC Cadet & Martial Arts Club Co-Founder

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA (1/1997 – 5/2000)

  • Instructed Martial Arts Club members in basic techniques focusing on self-defense and traditional karate
  • Supplemented Air Force ROTC curriculum with self-defense drills; created documented curriculum

Student & Instructor

Martin’s Karate Institute, Wilkes-Barre, PA (10/1984 – 07/2000)

  • Accomplished tournament fighter with PA state championships and numerous other trophies & medals
  • Taught new and current students basic stretching techniques, stances, blocks, hand attacks, and kicks
  • Personally ran fitness program for children based on military circuit training and protocols
  • Participated in numerous exhibitions and demonstrations at shopping malls, colleges, schools, movie premieres, and the Wilkes-Barre Area School district; strong pro-fitness and anti-drug message

Awards

  • Charles M. Morio Memorial Award (Most Improved Student), Martin Karate Institute, 1985
  • Best Male Karate Athlete, Keystone State Games, 1999