Staff

Shihan Jim ChillemiSensei Ben Andersen | Sensei Jacki Samolsky | Assistant Instructors

 

 

SENSEI BEN ANDERSEN

Sensei Ben Andersen began his karate training in 2001, earning his black belt in 2005, and his 4th Dan in 2013 under Shihan Jim Chillemi. He has been a lead instructor since 2007. In addition to his years of experience in goju-ryu karate, Sensei Ben’s training includes kyokushin karate, aikido, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Okinawan kobudo (traditional weaponry). He is an active tournament competitor and coach and runs the NYGKA Demonstration Team. He has specialized in the application of kata for self-protection, and enjoys deepening students’ understanding of karate at the intermediate and advanced levels. He hopes his students will, through their martial arts training, embrace the value of setting and achieving goals throughout life.

 

 

 

SENSEI JACKI SAMOLSKY

Sensei Jacki Samolsky – bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

NYGKA ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS

Senpai Ryan
Senpai Simon
Senpai Zach
Senpai Jordan
Senpai Chelsea