American Tiger Karate Academy

Instructor Name:Senpai Amy Blackwell

Senpai Amy Blackwell; NiDan Black Belt Shotokan Karate, ShoDan Black Belt Kobudo, 1st Kyu Iado (sword). Nat'l Team Coach '08,'09, '10. Certifications: SKIF, Early Childhood Ed, Occup. Therapy Aid, Martial Arts Instruction, ASEP, CPR, AED, First Aid


Other Information:Senpai Blackwell has completed the A.T.K.A. instructor certification course, with honors. She is a certified karate instructor and the chief instructor of Kobudo(weapons) at ATKA. She holds a 1st Degree Black Belt level in the art of kobudo under Sensei DeSardi and Sensei Stolsmark. She holds a 1st kyu level in Iaido ( Art of the Japanese Sword) under the instruction of Sensei Martin Ceiplik. Her exceptional knowledge of the history of martial arts as well as her creative teaching approach make her classes interesting for all ages. She achieved her Early Childhood Education & Asst. Teacher Certification in 2011. In 2008 she completed her certification course from PENN Career Institute as an Occupational Therapy Aid. Her patience and friendly approach to sharing the art of Shotokan karate with preschool and kindergarten age students combined with her knowledge of the specific developmental limitations as well as abilities of this age group are the reason she is the lead instructor of our Little Tigers program. Senpai Blackwell completed the ASEP coaching certification course in 2010 and has coached the ATKA Tiger Team to three National AAU Championships 2008, 2009, 2010.