American Tiger Karate Academy

Our Instructors

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Karate and Kobudo.  Through testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff have extensive experience and have attained a level of mastery in the traditional Japanese martial arts.  We enjoy sharing these skills and passing on the arts to our students. Here are a few of American Tiger Karate Academy's instructors and assistants.

Sensei Pat Pusateri
Sensei Pat Pusateri; 4th Dan Black Belt-Shotokan Karate, ATKA Dojo -Cho since '95. Began Karate in Chicago '78, teaching since '88. Lic.RN since '83, Certifications: CPR, AED, ACLS, First Aid, & Martial Art Instruction, Mental Health & Wellness Counselor

Senpai Amy Blackwell
Senpai Amy Blackwell; 2nd Dan Black Belt - Shotokan Karate, 3rd Kyu Kobudo, 1st Kyu Iado (sword). Nat'l Champion Team Coach '08,'09, '10. Certifications: Early Childhood Education, Occup. Therapy Aid & Martial Arts Instructor, ASEP, CPR, AED, First Aid

Senpai Jason Palmer
Senpai Jason Palmer; 2nd Dan Black Belt, 2010 AAU National Champion in Kumite & Kata. Began training in Shotokan karate 2002, Jr leader / Asst Instructor 2005- present. CPR, AED, First Aid Certified. He attends Harper College studying Health Sciences.


Senpai Chris Szewczyk
Senpai Chris Szewczyk; 2nd Dan Black Belt - Shotokan Karate Began 2003. Asst. Karate & Kobudo instructor. Jr. Leader /Asst. Instructor since 2009. Attending Roosevelt University - WWII Historian Major. CPR, AED & First Aid Certified.

Senpai Sarah Bochnik
Senpai Sarah Bochnik Ni Dan (second degree black belt) Shotokan Karate

Senpai Michael Meier
Senpai Michael Meier 1st Dan Shotokan Karate began karate training 2000, Jr Leader / Asst. Instructor since 2006. Certified in CPR, AED & First Aid.

Senpai Robby Uehara
Senpai Robby Uehara; 2nd Dan Black Belt. Began Shotokan Karate 2003. AAU Nat'l Champion Black Belt Forms & Sparring 2013. AAUMedalist 2008, '09, '10, '11. CPR, AED & First Aid Certified. Nat'l Honor Society. Jr Leader / Asst. Instructor 2006- present.

Sensei Gary Koelbel
Sensei Gary Koelbel; 3rd Dan Black Belt - Shotokan Karate SIU B.S. in Admin. of Justice. H.S. Dist 214 Cont. Ed. Instructor, training in Karate since 1985. Instructor of Karate, Kickboxing & Budo Tai Jitsu since 1992. SKCC member and Tournament Judge.

Senpai Amy Carroll
Senpai Amy Carroll; 1st Dan Black Belt Shotokan Karate, began 2003. AAU Nat'l Champion 2009 Black Belt Team Synchronized Kata. Jr Leader 2009 - 2011. Asst Instructor 2011 - present. CPR, AED & First Aid Certified.