Teaching martial arts is a great responsibility and therefore, we follow the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen, the practice of continual improvement, on the mat, in the dojo, and in all aspects of life.
Satori Instructor’s Creed
I will teach this class because it's the most important class I will ever teach.
I am patient and enthusiastic. I lead by example.
We take safety seriously. Our instructors are certified in CPR/AED and Basic First Aid by the American Red Cross and both of our schools are equipped with Automated External Defibrillators.
We believe martial arts is much more than kicking and punching. Instructors on our team are members of The 100., a national association of martial arts instructors committed to setting an example of excellence and mastery for all martial artists, and in fact, for all people in our community. The 100. is an association of people who believe that their actions count. We believe the true spirit of the martial arts lies beyond the punch, beyond the kick, beyond the throw, the style, system or its country of origin. Read more about the 100. here. http://theubbtand100.blogspot.com/
Sensei Nancy Walzog
Nancy Walzog switched careers in 2008 to follow her passion for teaching the martial arts and has not looked back. Prior to joining Satori Academy, Ms. Walzog was an award-winning film and television producer with hundreds of hours of documentary, educational, and children’s programs to her credit for companies such as Discovery, TLC, HBO and Animal Planet. Among her many productions, Walzog was the Executive Producer of the Academy Award®-winning documentary King Gimp and won two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Children’s Series for Assignment Discovery (2005) and Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye (2008). A 3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor with experience in karate, kickboxing and mixed martial arts, Ms. Walzog is an active member of The Ultimate Black Belt Test, a professional martial arts organization dedicated to bringing the spirit of the martial arts “out of the dojo and into the world.” Ms. Walzog is a Certified Instructor of FAST Defense, a reality-based self-defense system voted Best Self-Defense for Women by the readers of Black Belt Magazine. In addition, she is a black belt in Doce Pares Eskrima under Supreme Grand Master Dionisio Canete and Grand Master Arnulfo Cuesta, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a USA Boxing Level 1 Certified Trainer. “I had an amazing career in television but nothing compares to life here at Satori Academy. Teaching and helping bring the benefits of the martial arts to our students’ lives brings me more joy than I thought possible. Every day is exciting, challenging, and rewarding and I’m an incredibly lucky person to have this opportunity to serve our students.”
Renshi Kristine Brink
Head Instructor, NJ Academies
Renshi Brink is a gifted, 4th Degree Black Belt Instructor with 16 years teaching experience and over twenty years in the martial arts. An accomplished competitor, Ms. Brink’s incredible knowledge, expertise and technical skills contribute immeasurably to the continued development of our curriculum and instructor team. Ms. Brink is also a certified Instructor of Fast Combatives and continues to train in BJJ, no-gi grappling and Thai boxing.
Sensei Torie Rovere
Head Instructor/Manager, East Brunswick
Ms. Rovere is a 3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor who “grew up in the dojo” and her maturity, teaching skill, and business acumen are far beyond her years. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her dedication to her students is outstanding.
"Martial Arts is more than just punching and kicking, it is a way to a more fulfilling life. Since the age of four, Martial Arts has given me all the tools necessary to overcome obstacles both inside and outside the Dojo. To now have the opportunity to share my knowledge with others is more rewarding than initially gaining it myself. A Martial Arts instructor not only teaches self defense, but instills self confidence, self discipline, and the foundation for a non-quitting spirit. As Gichin Funakoshi once said, "The ultimate aim of Karate [Martial Arts] lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants." My goal is to help you reach your perfection."
Shidoshi Kado Ford
Sempai Kado Ford is a 2nd Degree Black Belt under Kyoshi Dave Kovar who started training in Martial Arts since the age of 8. Mr. Ford originally trained under Master Parella’s Kung-fu system, eventually adopting Black Dragon Martial Arts’ style and earning his black belt. He is also trained in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai and still competes in MMA. He is an exceptional athlete who played numerous sports in high school in addition to Martial Arts. He loves working with children and takes great pride in inspiring them to work hard and in helping them achieve their goals.
Sempai Gary Monteleone
Sempai Monteleone is a 1st degree black belt instructor, a certified personal trainer and Muay Thai kickboxing practitioner. He continues to train and compete in Muay Thai while pursuing his degree in physical therapy at Rutgers University.