House of Soke InstructorsEvery Ken Zen Ichii instructor listed has ongoing personal training under the direction of Soke Dwight Childress. Soke's instruction goes beyond physical training and includes subjects such as martial arts culture and tradtion, business aspects, and people skills with an emphasis on child instruction.
Each instructor has the capacity to facilitate the many different disciplines of the Ken Zen Ichii System.
- Hanshi Anthony Leary
- Hanshi Nate Brown
- Shihan John Casisa
- Shihan Chris Kelly
- Sensei Trenton Bullock
- Sensei Clive Wilson
- Sensei Steve Kalinoski
- Sensei Joey Brown
- Sensei Tim Wesselman
- Sensei Eric Calvert
- BSR Contemporary Martial Arts Instructor Marilyn Kelly
Hanshi Anthony Leary
Background: Hanshi Leary has been active in the martial arts for over 20 years. His training includes groundfighting, self-defense and various weapons.
Specialty: Ground fighting, Weapons and physical conditioning and Self-defense.
Hanshi Nate Brown
Master Instructor Namaste Tai Chi
Hanshi Brown has been studying Ken Zen Ichii since 1998.
Hanshi Brown specializes in Functional Conditioning and adaptability to meet any physical training needs required by all types of students. He has trained students in Martial Arts, Self Defense and Physical Fitness ranging from children as young as 4 years old to senior citizens. Mixed Martial Arts Fighters to novices. He has also trained individuals that have experienced a variety of physical issues such as previous injuries and surgeries; health issues such has strokes and cancer; as well as physical limitations such as cerebral palsy. His expertise lies within his drive and focus to train the individual client and help them reach their personal goals.
Certified Master Instructor Tai Chi through Namaste Tai Chi.
Certified Fight Trainer through BSR Incorporated.
Certified Physical Fitness and Conditioning Trainer for Fighters through BSR Incorporated.
Certified Personal Trainer through BSR Incorporated.
Certified Law Enforcement Self Defense Instructor through Carlson Gracie Jr. Jiu Jistu.
Certified Law Enforcement Fit Force Instructor through Fit Force Inc.
Certified Fitness Assessment Instructor through the Office of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff.
Certified Army Combatives Instructor Level I through the US Army Combatives School.
Certified Karate and Self Defense Instructor through Ken Zen Ichii Karate.
Shihan John Casisa
Namaste Tai Chi Master Instructor
Shihan Casisa has been active in the martial arts for over 15 years.
Self-defense, motions and concepts, and Tai Chi.
Shihan Chris Kelly
Shihan Kelly has over 10 of experience in KZI karate system.
Shihan Kelly specializes in boxing skills, striking, grappling and submissions.
He represented the House of Soke in the 2011 submission grappling tournament held in Raleigh, North Carolina and was the 2011 middle-weight champion at the MMA/Kickboxing Tournament Held in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Sensei Trenton Bullock - 5th Degree
Background:Over 10 years martial arts experience in KZI karate and wrestling.
Specialty:Striking, grappling and weapons.
Sensei Clive Wilson - 3rd Degree
Background:Over 10 years of martial arts training. Including Judo, Jujitsu and KZI.
Specialty:Grappling, falls/rolls, transitions.
Sensei Steven Kalinoski - 3rd Degree
Sensei Kalinoski has over 17 years of martial arts experience, 14 of which have been as a member of the House of Soke Martial Arts Center.
Sensei Kalinoski specializes in pre-teen and teen martial arts instruction.
Sensei Joey Brown - 2nd Degree
A member of the House of Soke Martial Arts Center since 2007.
Over 15 years of boxing and martial art experience.
Sensei Brown offers instruction in the pre-teen karate program, self-defense classes and personal fitness sessions.
Sensei Brown specializes in striking techniques and self-defense. He has represented the House of Soke in kickboxing tournaments.
Sensei Eric Calvert - 1st Degree
Sensei Calvert has been a member of the House of Soke since April, 2008. He earned his Black Belt in October 2010.
He has prior experience in Tae Kwon Do and Judo.
Sensei Calvert specializes in pre-teen martial arts instruction and grappling. He is a member of the BSR competition team which has represented the House of Soke in tournments in North and South Carolina.
Sensei Tim Wesselman -2 ndDegree
Background:8 yrs of martial arts experience.
Marilyn Kelly - BSR CMA Instructor
BSR/KZI Brown Belt. ,Certified Modern Army Combatives Program Instructor - Level 1.
Co-founder House of Soke BSR/KZI Women's Self Defense Program.
Namaste Tai Chi Certified .
Background:Over nine years of martial arts training with emphasis on personal/self defense
utilizing striking and shocking techniques. Trained in knife and gun defenses. Represented the House of Soke in the 2011 Grappling Tournament in Raleigh, NC.
Specialty:BSR/KZI Self Defense, Conditioning
**Please see the Representatives page for additional instructors throughout the US.