Instructors

shihan Kristine Brink

Shihan Brink is a gifted, 5th Degree Black Belt Instructor with over 20 years teaching experience. 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.

Renshi Torie Rovere

Renshi Rovere is a 4th Degree Black Belt Instructor who “grew up in the dojo.” Her enthusiasm is contagious and her dedication to her students is outstanding.

Sensei Alex Cardoso

Sensei was a junior student out in our flagship Satori Academy school in CA, rose through the instructor ranks and eventually was head instructor of one of the CA Satori locations. When the opportunity came up to head east to our Edison, NJ location in 2015, he jumped at the chance to live in the NY metro area and enjoy all that New York City has to offer. Sensei continues to train in Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and heads up the training floor in Edison.

Shidoshi Nicholas Compton

Nick’s journey in martial arts began as an Army brat while living in Japan as a young boy. He was enrolled in karate classes there and finally had an opportunity to learn some of the Bruce Lee moves he watched over and over on video. When the family returned to NJ, he became a student at Satori Academy when it first opened in 2006. He is a 2nd degree black belt instructor and always strives to be an instructor the young kids he looks up to, just the like the Satori instructors he looked up to when he was a kid.

Satori Academy

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.

SENSEI Jim Jaques

At age 12, Jim won a month of lessons at a tang soo do school in Virginia, and has been hooked on the martial arts ever since. He competed in tournaments regularly as a child, and was an AAU state champion in point sparring.

Shidoshi Annette Universal

Annette wanted to be a pink power ranger when she grew up and started on her quest when her mom signed her up for Taekwondo at age 4. She holds a degree in psychology from Rutgers University and enjoys inspiring others on the martial arts journey. She is currently a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and Satori Kenpo blend.

SENSEI CHRIS POLLAK VASCELLARO

Sensei Chris is a 3rd degree in Kajukenbo, Satori Kenpo Blend and a BJJ Blue Belt. While not on the mat teaching or training hard for his fourth degree, he’s volunteering his time to help those less fortunate on the streets in NYC.

Renshi Nancy Walzog

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.

Sensei Jose DeLeon

Jose DeLeon started his Martial Arts training at the age of 5. Like countless shy and introverted children in our society, he was being bullied in school. Martial Arts gave him an outlet, and a safe haven, to build true confidence and develop his self-esteem. With over 15 years of certified Martial Arts Instructor experience, and 25 years of training, he continues to strive for Black Belt Excellence. He is a 4th Degree Black Belt Master Instructor, USBC Kenpo Karate, 2nd Degree Black Belt, WKD Tae Kwon Do, and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In addition, he has fifteen years experience in tumbling and XMA.

SENSEi Joseph Bondi

Sensei Bondi is a home-grown Satori student who started his journey in our Juniors Program and rose through the ranks attaining his 3rd degree black belt in 2016. He is an excellent instructor who is looked up to and admired by our young students.

Sempai JARI WALZOG

Sempai Walzog started martial arts on his third birthday and grew up in the dojo.  He is a hard working second degree black belt who loves teaching.  Jari enjoys sharing martial arts with students of all ages, and in particular our little guys and gals!