Senior Professor Wayne Tanguay – 7th Degree
Senior Professor Wayne Tanguay, 7th Degree Black Belt, has been with CKK since 1998 and is the Business Manager and a Chief Instructor for our programs. He was a previously a senior instructor at our sister school, East Hampton Kenpo Karate, under Sifu David Nokes dating back to the 1980’s. Professor Tanguay is also ranked 5th degree black belt in Modern Arnis and is a Master Instructor. Professor Tanguay was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2012. He is a board member of NEMATA, the organization that monitors, trains and promotes black belts within our martial arts system.
Senior Professor Lee Anne Brophy – 7th Degree
Senior Professor Lee Anne Brophy, 7th Degree Black Belt, is the Program Director and Chief Instructor for our children’s programs. She is the founder and coach of CKK’s Scorpion Demo Team. They are a group of highly skilled youngsters who have performed martial arts demonstrations throughout the Hartford area. Ms. Brophy is also ranked 4th degree black belt in Modern Arnis and is also a Master Instructor. Professor Brophy is also a board member of NEMATA.
Mr. Taylor (Professor) – 6th Degree
Russ Taylor is a 6th degree black belt in Parker American Kenpo karate a retired a Captain and Master Instructor in Behavior Management with the CT Dept of Corrections. He holds additional instructor certifications in Arrest & Control Tactics, Handcuffing and OC. Mr. Taylor is an USMC Reserve Persian Gulf Veteran, and a former Municipal Police Officer with the city of Bristol CT. Mr. Taylor is currently working for the city of New Britain as Security Professional.
Sifu Bernie Feeney – 5th Degree
Sifu Bernie Feeney, 5th Degree Black Belt. Sifu Feeney is an excellent instructor and presents a wealth of knowledge on everyday situational self defense. Sifu Feeney brings years of experience from Law Enforcement and as a sports coach dealing with young people. He is also a Modern Arnis Brown Belt.
Sifu Melissa Mulcahy – 3rd Degree
Sifu Melissa Mulcahy, 3rd degree Black Belt. She started our program as a Dragon and progressed through all ranks up to Adult Black Belt. She also studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has the rank of blue belt. She adds a unique point of view to our instructor base. Melissa was also a member of our Scorpion Demo Team for many years and is now an assistant coach alongside Professor Brophy.
Sifu Sean Oushana – 2nd Degree
Sifu Sean Oushana, 2nd degree Black Belt. Sifu Sean started in our program as a youth and worked his way up to Adult Black Belt. He was an NCAA Division I Cross Country and Track & Field athlete at CCSU and brings a wealth of knowledge about endurance training to the program. Sean was also a member of our Scorpion Demo Tean for many years and is now an assistant coach alongside Professor Brophy.
Assistant Instructor – Sara Studzinski
Ms Sara has been with our program since she was a little dragon. She is on her way to Adult Black belt and is a favorite instructor among our younger students. She is a member of our Scorpion Demo Team.