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Jonathan Schwab
Schwab Sensei has been practicing and teaching  Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu Karate for over 20 years, all under the direction of Sensei Brooks.  His experience has included directing beginner and advanced Adult groups along with children’s classes. Jon teaches weapons to the black belt group and has extensive knowledge of Sai. As a pediatrician at Northampton Area Pediatrics, he has always had an interest in exercise, strength, fitness and how these activities improve both the mind and body. His other interests and activities include reading, community service, numerous sports and spending time with his children. He as attained the rank of 5th degree black belt.
Anna-Maria Goossens
Goossens Sensei has been practicing Okinawan Shorin Ryu karate and been a member of Northampton karate since 1996. She has been instructing adult classes for ten years and has taught weapons classes since 2003. In addition to teaching at the dojo, Ms Goossens serves as the head karate instructor for beginning children and parents at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. In her professional life she is the public relations director for the UMass Amherst Department of Theater as well as a free-lance writer and copy editor. Anna-Maria is also an avid runner who has completed the Hartford Half Marathon. She holds the rank of 4th degree black belt.
Earl Delue
Delue Sensei has been practicing martial arts for over 20 years starting as a youth at Northampton Karate. In addition to instructing adults, he serves as the primary youth instructor helping adolescents train their body and mind through karate. He instructs Bo weapon to brown belts and has extensive knowledge of Bo. Mr. DeLue taught Spanish and Latin at JFK middle school and understands the challenges youth face on a daily basis. In his spare time, Earl is an assistant NHS football coach and enjoys kayaking. He holds the rank of 4th degree black belt.
Elizabeth Sullivan
Sullivan Sensei has been practicing martial arts for over 12 years.  Sensei Sullivan instructs adults and serves as one of the primary children instructors at the Northampton Karate Dojo.  In addition to bringing her valuable experience in working with kids she also serves as a female role model for all participants. Betsy  received an MEd degree from Smith College and serves as an elementary school teacher (over 20 years). She holds the rank of 4th degree black belt.
Jason Foster
Foster Sensei has over fifteen years of combined martial arts training starting as a child and picking up again as an adult. He serves as one of the primary children's instructors and assists with youth karate classes. Mr. Foster lived in Asia for seven years where his appreciation for martial arts and the culture was enhanced. He graduated with a business degree from Emory University and as an entrepreneur, is involved with several different ventures. Jason enjoys traveling and riding his motorcycle. He has attained the rank of 3rd degree black belt.
Rafael Cottom
Mr. Cottom has been practicing martial arts and self defense for eight years. His training lies greatly within the methods of Matsubayashi-ryu, yet he frequently utilizes techniques and advice from a multitude of other disciplines. Rafael began training at Northampton karate while he was still in Middle School, and continued through high school. After graduating from high-school, he returned to his home country, Greece, where he served in in his country's Army Special Forces for roughly a year. He has been back with us since Fall of 2016, and attends the kid's classes weekly as an instructor. Mr. Cottom attends college nearby and holds the rank of second degree black belt.
Barbara Neulinger
Neulinger Sensei has trained at Northampton Karate dojo for nearly 10 years and serves as one of the adult instructors. Ms. Neulinger grew up in New York City where she attended the Fiorello LaGuardia HS of Music and Art. She attended Skidmore College receieving her BS in art and art history. She received her MFA in painting from Indiana University Hope School of Fine Arts. Ms. Neulinger has enjoyed a career as a painter and art teacher for nearly 20 years. In 2001 Ms. Neulinger moved to Northampton with her husband and son. Barbara exhibits regularly and is the art teacher at the Montessori School of Northampton. She holds the rank of 4th degree black belt.
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