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Martial Arts | 8th degree black belt

Kyoshi (Professor) Alan D'Allessandro joins Al-Hamra Academy in our new martial arts program. Kyoshi Alan is an 8th degree black belt and Co-Owner, Chief and Master Instructor of New England Karate Academy, established in 1995. At the New England Karate Academy, Kyoshi Alan teaches adult and children's karate program as well as the women's aerobic kickboxing program. He is the manager of Team NEKA, New England Karate Academy's Sport Karate Competition Team, and also conducts workshops and seminars throughout New England on the subjects of self defense, samurai sword, and aerobic kickboxing. Aside from teaching at NEKA, he has also been teaching after-school karate at Seven Hills Charter Public School in Worcester since 2013.

Kyoshi Alan is a 2-time published author on the subjects of self defense: Self-Defense for Men, Women and Children and Growing Out Of Fear. He is also recognized as an authority on the ancient art of the Samurai Sword and has been invited to many martial arts studios throughout New England to conduct seminars on the art.  Kyoshi Alan began studying the martial arts in 1984, studying directly under 10th degree Grandmaster Nick Cerio. He is currently studying under 10th degree black belt Grandmaster Don Rodrigues who is manager of the nationally sponsored Paul Mitchell karate team, considered one of the best national karate teams currently competing.

Kyoshi Alan is the Soke (Founder) of Ken-Ryu Kenpo Karate as well as the Co-Founder of the American Open Sword System, as he is also an accomplished swordsman.  He is on the American Kenpo International Testing Board of Grandmasters and Masters, as well as being inducted into 9 martial arts 'Hall of Fames.'  

Kyoshi Alan is looking forward to teaching and working with the students of Al-Hamra Academy!


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