Instructors

Marilyn Tressel

Marilyn Tressel, 5th Dan

Began training:
1977

Joined JKA Boston:
1980

Instructor's training:
SKDI A Course and B Course graduate

Highlight:
Represented the US in the 1992 Shoto World Cup. Marilyn has also competed in many US National Championships from 1981-1991.

Jim Young

James Young, 5th Dan

Began training:
1973

Joined JKA Boston:
1985

Instructor's training:
SKDI A Course and B Course graduate

Highlight:
Member of Massachusetts State kata and kumite teams that were finalists in multiple US Nationals Championships. Jim also studied Kendo (Japanese fencing).

Cynthia Toryu

Cynthia Toryu, 5th Dan

Began training:
1982

Joined JKA Boston:
1986

Instructor's training:
SKDI A Course and B Course graduate

Highlight: Represented the US in the 1994 Shoto World Cup and in the 2006, 2011, and 2014 Gichin Funakoshi World Cup championships.

Ed Page

Ed Page, 5th Dan

Began training:
1977

Joined JKA Boston:
1980

Instructor's training:
SKDI A Course and B Course graduate

Highlight:
Achieved 2nd place kata, Senior Division at the ISKF National Tournament 2003

Bob Grady

Bob Grady, 4th Dan

Began training:
1982

Joined JKA Boston:
1982

Instructor's training:
SKDI B Course graduate

Highlight:
Certified by radKIDS as a self-defense instructor for kids

Geoff Madeiros

Geoff Madeiros, 4th Dan

Began training:
1978

Joined JKA Boston:
1985

Instructor's training:
Participated in the SKDI B Course

Highlight:
Represented the US in the 1994 and 1996 Shoto World Cup championships. Geoff has also trained in England and Bermuda. For two years, Geoff trained with Sensei Mori in NYC.

Tina Ni Riain

Tina Ní Riain, 4th Dan

Began training:
1984

Joined JKA Boston:
1984

Instructor's training:
SKDI B Course graduate

Highlight:
While teaching English in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, Tina trained in Aomori. She is fluent in Japanese. Tina also represented the US in the 2006 and 2011 Gichin Funakoshi World Cup championships.

Wolfgang Haas

Wolfgang Haas, 4th Dan

Began training:
1981

Joined JKA Boston:
2012

Instructor's training:
SKDI B Course graduate

Highlight:
Trained in Germany in Sensei Hideo Oshi's organization for 13 years. Has also trained with Sensei Douglas Luft in Albany, NY. Before moving to Boston, Wolfgang had his own dojo in Rochester, NY.

David St. Amand

David St. Amand

Began training:
1964

Joined JKA Boston:
1978 (Founder)

Instructor's training:
Extensive training with Sensei Mori

Highlight:
Has been affiliated with Sensei Mori since 1970. In 1978, David founded JKA Boston with two others. He has also studied Kendo (Japanese fencing) and Iaido (the art of drawing a sword).


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