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Ken Piper  (Kyoshi Sensei / Master Instructor) 7th Degree Black Belt (Shichi dan)

                                                     His Wife Beverly Piper &            Nathaniel Piper                      Sammy Piper

                                                          Kelsey at Ages 6 & 7             

 Ken Piper pic         Nathaniel Piper   Sammy Piper

            Ken Piper is owner and operator of the Family Karate Academy USA.  He began his martial arts and leadership training under Hanshi Herb Johnson in 1987 at the age of 14.  Wth 30 years in the martial arts and over 25 years as a full time karate instructor, Ken Piper has the experience necessary to ensure the success of his students.  With his dynamic and exciting teaching style, Hanshi Johnson many times referred to Ken Piper’s location as the “model school.”   After working for Hanshi Johnson for over 12 years, he opened up the Family Karate Academy USA in January 2006.

            Kyoshi Piper’s real love is serving his students aging from 3 to 83 and from White Belt Beginner to Seventh Degree Black Belt Kyoshi-Sensei.  He has personally trained over 260 students to Black Belt Level.  He has trained 24 PKC State Champions, 7 PKC National Champions and 1 USKA World Champion.

            Ken Piper has been married for over 22 years and has four children ages nineteen, eighteen, thirteen and six years of age.   His wife and three oldest children are all black belts.  His youngest child is currently in the Lil’ Dragon’s program.

Career Highlights:

  • Began Karate in 1987 at age 14 / Currently a Seventh Degree Black Belt

  • United States Army Reserves 1990 to 1996

  • Graduated in 1993 with a Degree in Criminal Justice

  • Over 25 years of experience as a full time instructor

  • Personally has trained over 260 students to the Black Belt Level

  • 2001 PKC Best Center Referee Nomination

  • 2000 & 2001 PKC State Champion in Self Defense & Weapons

  • 2000 PKC International Black Belt Self Defense Champion

  • 2001 PKC International Black Belt Weapons Champion

  • 2002 PKC State Champion in Fighting

  • 2005 PKC State Champion Chanbara/Sword Fighting, Weapons, & Fighting

 

 

 

Mary Beth Tuggle (Kyoshi Sensei / Master Instructor) 7th Degree Black Belt (Shichi dan)

                          

 

              Mary Beth Tuggle began her martial arts training in 1992 at Herb Johnson’s Karate.  She is a beloved teacher by the students with her unique view to the training.  Always finding new ways to push herself and the students, she keeps her classes exciting.  She finds, daily applications to the training to keep those around her thinking outside the box.  With her full-time occupation as a pharmacist, she is a great inspirational story of showing that you do not have to be a full time karate instructor to become a master ranked black belt.  She spent two years in tournament competition with several great achievements during that time

Steve Lawrence  (Kyoshi Sensei / Master Instructor)   7th Degree Black Belt  (Shichi dan)

Steve Lawrence                          

            Steve Lawrence began his martial arts training in the mid 1980’s studying Tae Kwon Do and earned the rank of Brown Belt.   He continued his martial arts training with Phil Morgan’s Karate in October 1992.  He started training at the Family Karate Academy in March 2016 when Hanshi Phil Morgan retired as a full time instructor and became the style head of our karate system, Shorei goju ryu.  He spent many years in tournament competition winning awards in both the National and State levels.

            Kyoshi Lawrence had a 34-year career as a firefighter and paramedic and retired in December 2013.  He also enjoys golfing, exercising and psending time with his grandkids.  Kyoshi Lawrence is also a Marketing Executive for Melaleuca Inc. and has a passion for helping people live a safer, healthier and less stressful life through wellness.

Roger Frank  (Renshi Sensei / Experienced Instructor)   6th Degree Black Belt (Roku dan)

  Roger Frank             

              Roger Frank started his karate training with Phil Morgan’s Karate in October 1995.   He started training at the Family Karate Academy in March 2016 when Hanshi Phil Morgan retired as a full time instructor and became the style head of our karate system, Shorei goju ryu.   Renshi Frank spent 10 years as a tournament competitor and began teaching at Phil Morgan’s karate in 1999.  He now actively trains and teaches classes on weekly bases at the Family Karate Academy.

               Renshi Frank has a BS Degree in Chemistry, MS Degree in Inorganic Chemistry, and spent two years in the Marine Corps.  He loves Gardening.  He and his wife were foster parents for over two-dozen children (mostly teenagers) over a twenty-year period.  He has a son and three grandsons.

  Chris McNertney (Instructor) 4th Degree Black Belt (Yon dan)

  Chris McNertney             

             Chris McNertney began his martial arts training in Tae kwon do in the 1990s earning his 1st Degree Black belt in 1996.   He continued his training later in 2004 when he joined Terry Shuppurd’s Karate School in the Brownsburg area and obtained his 2nd Degree Black Belt.  He then continued his training with Hanshi Phil Morgan in the Plainfield area and received his 4th Degree Black Belt.  He then came to the Family Karate Academy in March 2016 when Hanshi Phil Morgan retired as a full time instructor and became the style head of our karate system, Shorei goju ryu.   He enjoys helping and teaching in classes and has a goal of earning his Sensei title this year.

            Instructor McNertney is very active in the community with his children’s sports programs and loves working with young people.  He loves coaching baseball, basketball and soccer, which have taught him great patience with children.   He has been married for 24 years and has three children at home.  He loves spending his free time with his family going fishing and exploring parks. 

            Chris McNertney says that he loves teaching and coaching.  He loves it when someone finally “gets it” and his able to catch a ball, dribble a soccer or basketball or understands a new karate technique that they have previously had trouble learning.  He likes being able to pass down knowledge of teamwork with hard work and its rewards.

Kimberly Curry (Instructor) 3rd Degree Black Belt (San dan)

  Kimberly Curry                        

           Kimberly Curry began her martial arts training in 2008 in Shoto kan karate receiving her blue belt.   She later joined the Family Karate Academy in February of 2010.   Kimberly Curry is a great example of the black belt spirit as she puts her 100% in all her training.  She is always encouraging others to push themselves to go to the next level.

            Instructor Curry has a Masters Degree in Addiction Counseling and enjoys being a small group leader at her church.  She enjoys spending her free time reading and watching movies.  She has been married for over 32 years and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Israel Galan (Sensei / Instructor) 3rd Degree Black Belt (San dan)

                                                                                                            Kayne Galan                           Lilly Galan

            

 

             As a young person, Israel Galan spent seven years in Shoto kan karate in Mexico.  After moving to the United States, he got married and had two children, Kayne and Lilly.  Remembering the lessons he learned from the martial arts, he decided to enroll his children in karate.  After finding the Family Karate Academy USA in 2010, he decided to enroll himself with his children.  He joined the Leadership Program and began to help in classes and used his bilingual skills to help reach out to more students in the community.  In 2012, He began to work part-time at the karate school while still working his full time job at Panera Bread as a training and assistant manager.  In May 2013, he began to work at the Family Karate Academy as a full-time instructor until August 2016.  He continues to teach at least twice a week and continues to advance his martial arts training. His next goal is fourth degree black belt, which he should be eligible in December 2017.  Students love his positive “can-do” attitude.  They also appreciate his personal concern for their success in their martial arts training and in life.   He now has four children with his oldest earning his Black Belt in December 2015.  Sensei Galan has a goal of returning back to full time teaching in the future either at the Family Karate Academy or starting his own school someday.

Steven Roehlk (Sensei / Instructor)  3rd Degree Black Belt (San dan)

 Steve Roehlk

             Steve Roehlk started his karate training in December 2010 with his wife at the Family Karate Academy.  Both he and his wife joined after their children had already began the karate training in June 2010.  They decided to join karate to participate in an activity with the children instead of watching from the sidelines.  He is a PKC lifetime member and certified PKC judge.  

              Mr. Sensei Roehlk enjoys attending seminars and helps coach his two children who have competed in numerous tournaments and have several state and national awards in competition.  At one time he was a US Air Force missile system technician and he is currently a General Foreman of the electric shop at the Indianapolis Star Newspaper.   He enjoys spending free time with electronics including building computers.  Many of the pictures that are displayed on our website and facebook are from Sensei Roehlk’s love of photography.  

Jamie Roehlk (Sensei / Instructor)  3rd Degree Black Belt (San dan)

  Jamie Roehlk

             Jamie Roehlk started her karate training in December 2010 with her husband at the Family Karate Academy.  Both she and her husband joined after their children had already begun the karate training in June 2010.  They decided to join karate to participate in an activity with the children instead of watching from the sideline.  She is a PKC lifetime member and certified PKC judge. 

             Mrs. Sensei Roehlk enjoys attending seminars and loves to encourage her children who have competed in numerous tournaments and have several state and national awards in competition.  At one time she was a graphic designer and also has been an assistant teacher at a preschool, but now she enjoys staying home and taking care of her children.  She is an author of children’s books that are based upon adventures with karate and tournaments.  Her original reason for joining karate with her husband was to keep the children involved by leading by example.  Now her goal is to continue to train in karate for as long as she can because she really enjoys the martial arts.

Cindy Cale (Instructor)  2nd Degree Black Belt (Ni dan)

  Cindy Cale

            Cindy Cale started her martial arts training at the Family Karate Academy in August 2012 (at our High School location)  She joined our Leadership Program in October 2012 and our Instructor Training Program in August 2015.   She currently has competed in some of the state level competition tournaments and has a desire to continue those pursuits.   She has a goal to reach 3rd Degree Black Belt and gain her Sensei (Certified Instructor) Title by December 2017. 

            Instructor Cale has a son in our karate training that has a goal to reach Black Belt in December 2017.  She has a BS in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently working on a MS in Human Biology at the University of Indianapolis.  She works as a Forensic DNA analyst and has testified as an expert in Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona & California.

            Cindy Cale enjoys spending her free time with her husband and child RV’ing (she likes to call it glamping instead camping), ATV’ing (going to WV every year to ride the Hatfield McCoy Trails) and reading books.

            Cindy Cale says that she is a quiet person by nature and talking to people is sometimes difficult for her.  But Karate and teaching karate has helped her overcome some of those anxieties and made her more confident.

Chris Garrity  (Assistant Instructor)    1st Degree Black Belt (Sho dan)

  Chris Garrity

            Earlier in his life, Chris Garrity started his martial arts training in Tae kwon do for a year.  A few years later, he wanted to get his sons in martial arts and enrolled himself and his two sons at the Family Karate Academy in January 2012.  Chris Garrity says that karate allows him to continue physical and mental training beyond his sports days.  He enjoys helping the younger students and lower ranks to feel successful in their training.   He enjoys the connection with the other students at the Family Karate Academy.

            Chris Garrity is a Personal Trainer, Sports Coach, CPR instructor, and worked as a Health Professional for over 20 years. He enjoyes spending his time exercising and bike riding.  He is a member of a men’s leadership group at his church, and he volunteers with his two sons’ school and other church programs.

Skyler Roehlk  (Junior Instructor)  Junior 3rd Degree Black Belt

  Skyler Roehlk

            Skyler Roehlk started at the Family Karate Academy in June 2010.  He joined the Leadership Program a few months afterwards when his parents joined in the training with him and his sister, Steffie. 

            Skyler Roehlk is current in 8th grade and has earned the Presidential Award.  He is in the GT Program at school and on the honor roll.  He has numerous State and National Competition Awards in weapons, chanbara, kata and sparring.  He does a fantastic job helping in the classes with young and the older students.  He is a excellent example of what a young black belt should be in attitude, character and skill.  He inspires the young people around the karate dojo to imitate his performance and to reach new heights in their training.

 

 

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