Bellingham Kenpo Karate

The Teachings
Hybrid Fighting

Our dojo brings together experienced instructors uniquely qualified to continue the traditional teachings of Professor Nick Cerio while expanding students' understanding of their application.

We are affiliated with Kensho-Ryu Kenpo Karate, American Family Kenpo, New England Hybrid Dojo, Satori Ryu, Nick Cerio's Kenpo Plainville, Leopard's Claw Karate, AikiKenpo, and the Hybrid Fighting Association.

Craig Duquette

Shihan Craig Duquette

Jason DeLucia vs. Fuke

Shihan Jason DeLucia

Shihan Craig, Head Instructor, earned his Kenpo Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 2005 while training under Shihan Carlos Miranda, and has been teaching at his Bellingham dojo since then. In July 2013, he earned his Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Kenpo under Shihan Carlos. In July 2015 he earned his Godan (5th degree black belt) in AikiKenpo Aikido from Shihan Jason DeLucia, who thanks Shihan Carlos Miranda and Grandmaster Mark Sheeley for their part in bringing Shihan Craig to this level. He also is certified by the Hybrid Fighting Association.

Shihan Jason DeLucia is a traditional martial artist with over thirty-five years of experience. Shihan Jason has been formally trained in Korean Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Kenpo, Five Animal Kung Fu, Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling, and Aikido. Highlights of his well-documented history in martial arts include the famous Steven Seagal challenge in the early 1990s and the Gracie Challenge of the same year. He also holds the distinction of performing the very first rear naked and triangle chokes in UFC history, followed by a professional fighting career that spanned nearly a decade, with over 50 fights in Japan alone. He went to Japan one week every month to fight, and every year for eight years spent several months in a row living and training in Japan. It was there that the Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling Company commissioned his study of traditional Aikido, to bring a more aesthetic quality to the world of professional fighting. The system of Aikido he developed, AikiKenpo, employs a form-based type of freestyle competition that requires its participants to maintain the structural integrity of the traditional forms in Aikido. Although competition is not used in most schools of Aikido (Aikido's Founder took challenges, but did not advocate them), Shihan preserves the practice of competitive perfection.

Wendy Rowe

Sensei Wendy Rowe
Sensei Wendy earned her Kenpo Shodan (1st degree black belt)in 2007 while training under Shihan Eric Hung at Seishin Karate. She began her Aikido training with Shihan Jason DeLucia in 2003, earning her AikiKenpo Aikido Yondan (4th degree black belt) from Shihan Jason in July 2015. She has been teaching Karate and Aikido since 2008, and assistant teaching since 2003.

Deb Cochrane

Sensei Deborah Cochrane

Jon Bergeron

Sensei Jon Bergeron

Sensei Deb, Founder of Leopard's Claw Karate Academy, started training in 2004. She earned her Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in 2015.

Sensei Jon began training in 2002. He earned his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in 2015.

Lev Turkewitz

Sensei Lev Turkewitz

Stephen Desfosses

Sensei Stephen Desfosses

Sensei Lev earned his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in July 2015 in AikiKenpo Aikido from Shihan Jason DeLucia. At Satori Ryu (Canton, MA), he trained in Kenpo under Shihan Eric Kearns, in AikiKenpo Aikido under Shihan Jason DeLucia, and in Hybrid Fighting Arts. He is certified by the Hybrid Fighting Association.

Sensei Stephen earned his Shotokan Karate-Do Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1988 while training under Sensei Lou Demas. In 2006, he earned his Sandan (3rd degree black belt) from Sensei Demas and his Kensho-Ryu Kenpo Shodan (1st degree black belt) under Kyoshi Mark Sheeley.

Mark Sheeley

Grandmaster Mark Sheeley
Grandmaster Mark Sheeley founded Kensho-Ryu International in 1999 after the passing of Professor Nick Cerio, his instructor since 1987. In 2011, Grandmaster Sheeley received his 10th dan. Grandmaster Sheeley continues the training of the Kensho-Ryu school owners as well as many Black Belts at the Hombu location.

Carlos Miranda

Shihan Carlos Miranda

Shihan Carlos is Head Instructor at New England Hybrid Dojo (Pawtucket, RI). He has been teaching Nick Cerio lineage Kenpo Karate since 1985. In June 2013 he earned his Shichidan (7th degree black belt) from Soke Richard Petronelli.

Shihan Matt Jacome
Shihan Matt Jacome, head instructor at American Family Kenpo (Uxbridge, MA), has trained extensively under both Professor Nick Cerio and Kyoshi Mark Sheeley. He earned his Godan (5th degree black belt) while training under Kyoshi Mark Sheeley.

Shihan Eric Kearns
Shihan Eric Kearns is head instructor at Satori Ryu (Canton, MA) and a co-founder of the Hybrid Fighting Association. He earned his Godan (5th degree black belt) in Kensho-Ryu Kenpo Karate while training under Grandmaster Mark Sheeley.

Shihan Joe Smith
Shihan Joe Smith is head instructor at Nick Cerio's Kenpo in Plainville, MA. In June 2017 he earned his Shichidan (7th degree black belt) from the International Council of Grand Masters.

Click here for lineage information, on the American Family Kenpo website