Our Team

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Jim Clapp

Co-Executive Director

Jim Clapp, a 9th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and a 5th Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis (Filipino Stick Fighting), has been in the Martial Arts since 1967. He graduated from West Chester University (PA) in 1970, earning a B.A. in Political Science. While at WCU he helped to found the WCU Shotokan Karate Club in 1967...it is still in existence today.

Judy Anderson O’Neill

Co-Executive Director

Judy has been in the Martial Arts since 1974, and currently holds a 8th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis (Filipino Stick Fighting). She earned her M.S. Degree in Physical Education / Biomechanics from the University of Delaware in 1977, and has worked side by side with Jim since 1979.

John Sarmousakis

Program Director

John began studying Kenpo Karate at American Karate Studios in 1971. He earned his 1st degree Black Belt in 1976 and more recently achieved his 8th degree Black Belt in 2017. Additionally, John holds the rank of 1st degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis.

William Start

Kenpo Karate - 5th degree Black Belt

Bill began studying Kenpo Karate at American Karate Studios in 2002. Bill loves spending time with his family, and enjoys many outdoor activities such as fishing and boating. His other interests include classic cars and Siberian Huskies.

Jeanette Krause

Front Office Manager

Jeanette Krause began at American Karate Studios in 1996, and reached Black Belt in 1999. She attained her current rank of 5th degree Black Belt in 2014. She graduated from John Dickinson High School in 1977. She currently works as a pharmacist, having graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1982.

Nathan Bassett

3rd Degree Black Belt

Nathan earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2017. He is a graduate of the AKS All-STARS Leadership Team. Nathan also enjoys reading, history

Sean Pedrick

3rd Degree Black Belt

Sean earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2017. Sean is a graduate of the AKS All-STARS Leadership Team. He also enjoys golf and soccer.

Ethan Carter

3rd Degree Black Belt

Ethan earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2017. Ethan is a graduate of the AKS All-STARS Leadership Team and credits his training in Kenpo Karate for becoming more confident and having the ability to make good decisions.