Our Mission Statement
The mission of Kensho-ryu Kenpo Karate is to improve the lives of the students through training in the martial arts. The school strives to improve physical and mental heath of its students by working their bodies and minds and developing their spirits. The goal is to instill self-respect, self confidence and a can-do attitude towards all aspects of life through the use of discipline, humor, respect, a pleasant learning environment, with traditional and modern teaching methods.
Professor Nick Cerio
Kensho-Ryu Kenpo Karate seeks to maintain the integrity of Nick Cerio's Kenpo Karate, and to pass the teachings of Professor Cerio on to new generations of martial arts students. Professor Cerio was an admirer of Shotokan Karate, and in the development of his own uniquely powerful system of Kenpo drew upon many of the strengths of Shotokan while maintaining the fluidity, speed and devastating effectiveness of the art of Kenpo. Kensho-Ryu Kenpo Karate maintains the blend of Shotokan's linear power along with the speed and ferocity of Kenpo that Professor Cerio developed.
Grandmaster Mark Sheeley
Grandmaster Sheeley began his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do in 1971 at age 12, earning his Black Belt at the age of seventeen under Master Paul T. Cho. In the early 1980s, Grandmaster Sheeley began training in American Kenpo, he opened his first dojo in 1984 and in 1987, he began studying exclusively with Professor Nick Cerio. By the mid 1990s,Grandmaster Sheeley had trained many Black Belts and served as Master Instructor to several Kenpo Jiujitsu Karate schools in New England. During this time, Grandmaster Sheeley won numerous competitions in both open-hand and weapons forms, achieving his first national title in 1991. He was nationally rated in competition for three years in a row and was the first Kenpo stylist to go number one in ranking. He has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame fourteen times, and ten National Champions have trained under him. He received his Shihan title from Professor Nick Cerio in 1993. After the untimely passing of Professor Cerio, Grandmaster Sheeley founded Kensho-Ryu International in 1999, one of the largest martial arts systems on the east coast, and is currently the director of 14 privately owned schools. On June 28th 2008, Grandmaster Sheeley received his 9th Dan (9th degree blackbelt) and the was awarded the title of Grandmaster, along with his 10th Dan, on May 14th 2011 from Senior Grandmaster S. George Pesare.
Shihan Bob Arbo
Shihan Bob is the Owner and chief instructor of Kensho-Ryu Kenpo Karate in Acton, MA. He began his martial arts training in 1994 under Sensei Paul Micchiche in Lowell MA. In 1998, Shihan Bob earned his black belt in Nick Cerio’s Kenpo Karate. He continued his training under Shihan Paul Parent and was awarded his 2nd degree black belt on Dec 16th 2001. In 2003, Sensei Arbo began training under Grandmaster Mark Sheeley, a 10th Degree black belt and the founder of the Kensho-Ryu Kenpo system. In 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black) and in 2006 to the rank of Yondan (4th degree black) both by Grandmaster Sheeley. Sensei Arbo has attended numerous seminars to continue his understanding of the martial arts by such notable martial artists as Professor Nick Cerio, Hanshi Bruce Juchnik, Sifu Bruce Corrigan, Grandmaster Mike Burton and Soke Wali Islam.
Sensei Lee Spriggs
Sensei Lee is the Saturday instructor at Kensho-Ryu in Acton, MA. He began his martial arts career in Acton under Sensei Chad Perry and then, in 1998, under Shihan Bob Arbo and Shihan Tim McCann. In 2002 he earned his black belt, and was awarded his 2nd degree black belt in 2008. Sensei Lee returned to the Boston area after college and earned his 3rd degree black belt in 2010, followed by his Sensei title in 2011. He has taught Saturday classes since his return to the area in 2008.
Sensei Mike Kebadjian
Bio coming soon!