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Master Ken and Lisa Caputo
Master Ken Caputo
Black Belt 6th dan
Lisa Caputo
Black Belt 4th dan

     Master Caputo first began teaching and working with children and adults as a swim and water safety instructor at the age of sixteen. Through high school and into college he expanded his teaching to include work with adults, handicapped individuals and the Special Olympics. In 1989 he was introduced to the martial arts, and soon chose to leave the University to pursue a career as a professional martial arts instructor. He has helped hundreds of students ranging in age from 9 to 62 receive their black belts. He has worked extensively in the local schools, teaching character development and confidence building through the martial arts. He has spent over twenty years in the field helping children deal with the difficulties of bullying, peer pressure, low self esteem, physical and metal disabilities, as well as the day to day stresses faced by todays children and adults.

     Master Caputo has studied extensively in areas such as communication, personal achievement and motivation. His goal is to use the martial arts as a catalyst to effect positive growth in students of all ages. To this end, he developed Creative Connections a multifaceted program designed to impact students of all ages both within a traditional martial arts setting and out in the community. He is a contributing author to the book Helping Boys Succeed in School and is currently authoring a second book dealing more fully with the topic of bullying. He is also the author of the childrens book 'The Adventures of Jay and Tay'.

     Ken owns two thriving martial arts schools which have impacted thousands of lives over the past two decades. Ken is also a board member for United Services Inc, a not-for-profit providing mental health care and numerous education and prevention services. He also provides innovative training guides for developing quality martial arts Instructors through his 8 Fold Instructors Path. His leadership, character enrichment, and bully prevention programs have been implemented in numerous school systems.

Stephanie Roy
Stephanie Henderson
Chief Instructor
Black Belt 4th dan

     Stephanie began training in the martial arts in at the age of 13. While she found a passion for developing the physical skills, she discovered that the martial arts allowed her to follow her life purpose of helping children grow to achieve to their full potential. She began volunteering time assisting in children's classes at the age of 15 and over the years has moved into the role of supervising instructor at Villari's Martial Arts of North WIndham and Storrs Center. She has developed the ability to work with all ages, teaching classes for ages three years old to adults. She is trained and experienced in working with individuals as well as large groups.

     While teaching the martial arts full time, Stephanie began studying Early Childhood Development at the University of Connecticut, earning a degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the age of 20. She volunteers weekly in local schools as a classroom assistant and is a registered substitute teacher in Windham, CT. She also developed and runs the Little Dragons 3 year old program at Villari's of North Windham and Storrs Center, as well as conducting the karate daycamp program. Over the years, her role at the studio has evolved to include many administrative tasks, including website creation and management, creating and implementing marketing initiatives, and basic day-to-day business management. She has over 300 hours of leadership training and actively studies in the fields of personal growth, motivation, and business. Utilizing the martial arts as a communication vehicle, Stephanie's goal is to teach children the tools for success and instill in them the belief that they are capable of achieving whatever goals they may set for themselves.

Sean Caler
Sean Caler
Chief Instructor
Black Belt 4th dan

     Sean has been studying the Martial Arts for over 13 years and currently holds the rank of 4th Dan Black Belt. In addition to pursuing his career as a professional martial arts instructor, Sean has also served as a mentor for the Big Brother Big Sister program, working 1on1 with children to help them realize their true potential and succeed in school. He has also volunteered his time helping with the Special Olympics.

     Sean holds the title of Chief Instructor, teaching full time at Villari‚Äôs Martial Arts of North Windham and Storrs Center. He started his instructing over 12 years ago, and is certified to work with individuals from 3 years old to adult. He is also the lead instructor for the Creative Connections outreach program held at the for Mansfield, CT Community Center. Sean has over 300 hours of leadership training and now serves as a mentor committed to the development of up and coming instructors.

Jenny Carpenter
Jenny Carpenter
Chief Instructor
Black Belt 4th dan

     Jenny began her training in the martial arts in at the age of 8 years old. After training the art for a few years, she discovered that she could simultaneously train and pursue her love of teaching. At the age of 12 she began volunteering her time to assist in classes and build her skills as a teacher. After years of volunteering in both childrens and adult classes, Jenny achieved the role of Head Instructor at Villari's of North Windham and of Storrs Center. She is trained and certified to work with groups and individulas in all ages, from 3 years into the later adult years.

     While Jenny was volunteering her time and developing her skills as a martial arts instructor, she attended Eastern Connecticut State University, and graduated with a bachelors degree in Child and Youth Psychology. As part of her degree, Jenny gained much experience working within the Windham school system. She has experience working with teachers and school children in kindergarten through high school. Through her studies and field experiences, Jenny developed the skills and compassion to work with children from many different backgrounds, levels of function, and even those who have difficulty functioning within normal society. Jenny is a registered substitute teacher within the RHAM School System. Jenny also co-conducts and runs karate daycamp programs at the Mansfield Community Center. Jenny has hundred of hours of leadership training, and actively studies within the field of personal growth and motivation. Her goal is to improve the life of every child, teen, and adult she meets by showing them that they can overcome anything that may stand in their way whether it be physical, mental, or emotional.

Dominick Lucenti
Mary Brown
Head Instructor
Black Belt 4th dan
Bob Caffrey
Bob Caffrey
Testing Administrator
Black Belt 5th dan