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About our Instructors

Sensei Adam Tucker (Owner/Head Instructor)

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Adam has been studying the Martial Arts for almost 20 years. He has competed extensively up and down the east coast in both submission grappling tournaments, Amateur Mixed Martial Arts bouts and Full Contact Karate. Adam uses his competition experience to help temper our students while reinforcing the traditional principles which are the foundation for all martial arts.

Ranks:

2nd Degree Black Belt "Nidan" Goshin Do Karate

Founder Ronin Kickboxing System

Level 7 (Purple/Red Belt) Hayastan Grappling System

Level 5 - Senior Instructor under the World Kickboxing Association

Certified International Instructor under the World Kickboxing Association

Level 1 Mittmaster Certification

Blue Belt 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

Orange Belt Bang Muay Thai

Competition Highlights:

 

3-2 Amateur MMA Record

2011 NYS Grappling Championship Absolute No Gi Champion

2011 NYS Grappling Championship Advanced 1st Place

 

2023 American Kyokushin Karate Championship:

2nd Place Heavyweight Masters Knockdown Division

Samantha Palella (Instructor)

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Samantha is very active in all of the programs we offer. Whether it is Ronin Fitness, Goshin Do Karate, Ronin Kickboxing or Hayastan Grappling, she's always learning and helping others. 

Samantha currently assists with both our Little Pups Class and aids in all of our adult classes as well.

Ranks:

Purple Belt Ronin Kickboxing System

Level 3 (Green Belt) Hayastan Grappling System

Blue Belt Goshin Do Karate

Level 2 - Instructor under the World Kickboxing Association

Certified International Instructor under the World Kickboxing Association

Brett Watts (Instructor)

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Brett is an active member of all of our martial arts programs and has competed in several grappling and karate tournaments. His curious nature allows him to break down techniques and use that knowledge to help all of our students understand how they work.

Brett currently assists with both our Little Pups class and aids in all of our adult classes as well.

Ranks:

Blue Belt Ronin Kickboxing System

Level 3 (Green Belt) Hayastan Grappling System

Green Belt Goshin Do Karate

Ben Kennard (Assistant Instructor)

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Ben enjoys all of our martial arts programs and also actively competes in submission grappling tournaments. His quiet demeanour allows him to work well with our new students and help them to develop their self confidence and abilities.

Ben currently assists with our Little Pups class as he continues to develop his skills as a martial artist.

Ranks:

Yellow Belt Ronin Kickboxing System

Level 1 (Yellow Belt) Hayastan Grappling System

Yellow Belt Goshin Do Karate

Julie-Hunsinger-Tucker 

(Owner/Administrator)

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Julie has been a driving force of Ronin Martial Arts since before we opened. She helped to find our original location, build our schedule, design our main logo and begin initial advertising.

Currently Julie helps behind the scenes with advertising, billing, social media and several other jobs.

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