Our black belt instructors have combined decades of experience teaching the Martial Arts and have all been certified by our Headmasters (see Lineage Page). In addition to providing a safe and structured environment for our students to learn, we adhere to the principle that it is better to adapt the Martial Arts to the individual, and not the other way around. The student's strengths and personalities shine through in their practice of these styles.
Our senior instructors all share a passion for improvement and success, and they are ready to share that passion with all who walk through our doors.
Our current headmaster, Sensei Peter Desmarais, has been involved in the martial arts for over 45 years, having studied with several renowned martial artists including; George Chung, Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Depasquale Sr, Professor Nick Cerio, Professor Larry Garron, and IKS Co-Founder Hanshi Victor Nastasia (from whom he received all of his black belt ranks). A graduate of Merrimack High School and St. Anselm College, he was honored as part of the Outstanding Young Americans program in 1986, and inducted into the Merrimack High School Hall of Fame in 1993.
Sensei Pete, as he prefers to be called, also prefers the spotlight for scholastic and community achievement to be shined on the IKS students, who continue to promote the IKS ideal throughout their youth and adulthood
OUR SENIOR INSTRUCTORS
Shihan Maistrosky has been active in the IKS Community since 1989. In that time, he has progressed through the arts of Kenpo and Enshudo, and as a senior instructor in both. He is an alumni of Bishop Guertin High School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Notre Dame du lac. He uses his skills in finance and general organization to serve as Treasurer of our Scholarship Foundation, and also serves as our lead contact for Community Service related projects.
Shihan Marsh has been a member of the IKS family since 1986. He holds black belts in both Kenpo and Enshudo, and has been a ranked USFA fencer. He continues to study Kenpo with world famous black belts. A graduate of Merrimack High School, and the University of New Hampshire, he leverages his skills as a high school teacher to handle the school's curriculum and instructor certification. He also acts as the chief referee for tournaments.