ROKUDAN SHIHAN WIL L.

ROKUDAN SHIHAN WIL L.

Instructor
BLACK BELT, 6th DAN

Shihan Wil has studied with Sifu Jack for over 20 years. He trained both of his sons in Kenpo and now has his own system, Dragon's Will Kenpo International.

SEMPAI ETON K.

SEMPAI ETON K.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

“The road of Hercules isn’t the easy one. It’s the bumpy one. And it’s the road of the great ones.” It’s Eton’s favorite Sifu Jack quote. He came to Sifu in 2003, interested in improving his health and self defense skills. The results of training went far beyond improving his physical shape as he gained intangible values like confidence, work ethic, and discipline. He committed to CHKA and joined the Bamboo Clan in 2008. Eton is the Assistant Instructor for adult classes and the Smash Free Women's Self Defense program. 

SEMPAI GEORGE F.

SEMPAI GEORGE F.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

While I had done some martial arts as a youth, I chose to focus on other sports. However, as I built a career based on extensive traveling in developing countries, I was both witness to and victim of violence. It made me realize the value of being able to protect yourself and those you care about. A friend who had studied at CHKA recommended it, and upon meeting Sifu I immediately knew it was the dojo for me. The focused and supportive atmosphere, combined of course with the most experienced master in the city, makes CHKA an academy unparalleled for fighting instruction. 

SHIHAN DARRYL D.

SHIHAN DARRYL D.

INSTRUCTOR
BLACK BELT, 5th DAN

Shihan Darryl studied Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan Karate before finding CHKA techniques that are flowing and effective. Besides teaching Kenpo, he also instructs stage combat for actors

SEMPAI JANE R.

SEMPAI JANE R.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

Jane joined the CHKA family as a parent in 2008 when she enrolled her son. She began studying with Sifu Jack herself and soon felt that she had found a home as a member of the Bamboo Clan, a Team CHKA competitor, an Assistant Instructor and then a Program Director. Prior to finding a home in martial arts, Jane had spent her life performing as an actress and musician. Jane created The Women’s Martial Arts Workout, bringing a martial arts focus to fitness training for women, and currently teaches in CHKA's long-running satellite program at the Lycee Francaise de New York.

SEMPAI TAYLOR C.

SEMPAI TAYLOR C.

Assistant Instructor
Bamboo Clan

I was born and raised in the East Village and I found CHKA at the age of sixteen. At that age I had a major foot reconstruction surgery and was looking for an outlet to get back into shape. After my first class with Sifu Jack I was immediately hooked. CHKA has been with me throughout high school, college and is still here as I am now working full time as a fitness kickboxing instructor at a boutique gym.  CHKA  still continues to play a huge role in my life and I do not see it ever ceasing to. 

SEMPAI KIMBERLY M.

SEMPAI KIMBERLY M.

Assistant Instructor
Bamboo Clan

I started in the martial arts when I was 7 years old. I'm now a college student and a CHKA Assistant Instructor, passing down what I've learned over the years, and that is that confidence is key in anything you do!

SEMPAI KAT M.

SEMPAI KAT M.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

I came into the CHKA family via the wonderful Smash Women’s self-defense program in my late 20s. I loved it so much that I joined full time. Not only is this the only workout regimen I actually stuck to, it’s extremely fun and teaches a lot of valuable skills. I also love that the culture at CHKA is very supportive, nourishing and inclusive and our students span all age categories!

SEMPAI DAVE S.

SEMPAI DAVE S.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

A student of Kenpo from the age of 4 Dave found CHKA after relocating to New York in 2013. He fell in love with the work ethic of CHKA's students and instructors and has trained there since. Dave has always had a love for point fighting, and loves to strap on the sparring gear.

SEMPAI SARAH F.

SEMPAI SARAH F.

Assistant Instructor
BAMBOO CLAN

Sarah never thought she would like martial arts. Then she got hooked on CHKA after attending just one SMASH Women's Self-Defense Class; the adrenaline rush lasted for days, and a passion took root for a lifetime. She likes that CHKA constantly challenges her to learn, improve, and overcome the impossible. When she's not wearing a gi, Sarah is a science writer who travels and reads as much as she can.   

SEMPAI SHEIKH A.

SEMPAI SHEIKH A.

Assistant Instructor
Bamboo Clan

Sheikh began studying at CHKA in February 2012. She is a student at Hunter College and she hopes to go on to have a career in the health professions. She loves training at CHKA and feels that it is like a second home to her. At CHKA, Sheikh has learned to turn the word “can’t” into CAN!

SEMPAI JING MEI H.

SEMPAI JING MEI H.

Assistant Instructor
Bamboo Clan

Jing Mei started her CHKA journey in the summer of 2010 in the SMASH! Women's Self Defense class. She started at CHKA after she was harassed and wanted to learn how to defend herself. She looks forward to many more years at CHKA.

ERIC S.

ERIC S.

Assistant InstructoR

When I moved to NYC in 2003, a friend recommended CHKA to me. He knew I was very particular about what I was looking for in a martial arts school. He said “He's a Marine and you're a Marine.” That seemed like a good place to start. CHKA is more than a Martial Arts School. It's a community that reaches out to its neighbors. It's a family that you watch grow. It's a place of support, encouragement, and empowerment. I'm honored to still be a part of CHKA after so many years. It's a privilege to help others see the possibilities in themselves, and help them reach their next level.

SEMPAI WILLIAM D.

SEMPAI WILLIAM D.

junior InstructoR

Sempai William Dartley began his training at CHKA when he was 6 years old in 2013. He is a member of the Black Belt Club. He enjoys practicing Katas and teaching the Little Ninjas class.

SEMPAI ALEXA K.

SEMPAI ALEXA K.

junior InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

I started training at CHKA when I was eight. I first came because I was a big fan of The Karate Kid, and I have now been practicing for seven years. At first, training felt very challenging, and since I was already so weak I didn’t think it could make me strong. Over the years, I have become much stronger than I thought possible. 

SCHUYLER C.

SCHUYLER C.

assistant InstructoR

Schuyler has studied with Sifu Jack since he was a child. He is now an Assistant Instructor for the Kids' classes as well as the SMASH! Women's Self Defense class.

JOEL P.

JOEL P.

Assistant InstructoR

Joel joined CHKA back in 2016 during his last year of high school. He didn’t know what to do with his future but joining CHKA helped him discover what he wants. Learning valuable lessons with the people around him, CHKA has been a big influence on him. Everyone there is a big inspiration to make you become a better person. He is currently studying at Queens College to earn a career in the computer science field.

CLARIBEL D.

CLARIBEL D.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

I watched my daughter Kimberly grow into a martial artist at CHKA and decided to follow in her footsteps! I love the unity at CHKA. It is my Ohana, my 2nd home. We are a house of warriors and we don't give up. We keep pushing until we think we've got it, and even then we don't consider it mastered. Sifu Jack is the best!

WILLOW G.

WILLOW G.

Assistant InstructoR
BAMBOO CLAN

I like working out and learning martial arts and I have the best instructor ever, Sifu Jack Shamburger. I love to work and cook!

RONNIE G.

RONNIE G.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

Ronnie has been with CHKA for nine years.  She is a doctoral candidate for Naturopathic medicine and an avid gardener.  Being part of the CHKA community has changed her life immeasurably, and she hopes to keep growing and laughing and sweating with them for years to come.

GIOVANNA V.

GIOVANNA V.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo Clan

I met Sifu when I was about 20 and fell in love with him as a human being and the energy of the dojo. I was asked by many friends to try their dojo but I would not train with anyone but Sifu. He is a fantastic leader, mentor, and all around spectacular person. He is like a second father to me and the people in the school are my family - Ohana. We help and push each other to reach new levels of discipline, physical health, mental fortitude, confidence to seek new goals, all while considering others (empathy). I cannot give this dojo a higher positive reference. Come try us out!! 

ZHENGQI X.

ZHENGQI X.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo CLAN

Zhengqi started at CHKA while he was a freshman engineering student at the Cooper Union. He is now a code monkey complaining about JavaScript taking over the world. Sifu tells him he should go out more while he’s still young and spry, but Zhengqi lost all his social skills at school and doesn’t do anything other than come to the studio to train after work. He also has the hottest kpop playlist for class.

CUONG D.

CUONG D.

Assistant InstructoR
Bamboo CLAN

Cuong came to CHKA during his senior year of high school his with his brother. He was shy and didn’t know anything about martial arts. Through training at CHKA he did not only gained physical strength and endurance, but training as an assistant instructor taught him to be more compassionate and confident. Now he loves eating ice cream and enjoys companies of dogs.


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