Meet the Team!
Our Professional Coaches!
There’s no better friend than a fistful of power and knowledge!
Professor Nick Castiglia has been training in the martial arts since he was ten years old, beginning first with traditional Jiu-Jitsu before moving on to Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, where he received his first-degree Black belt from Sensei Mike Sywyk.
Sensei Mark Holst Mark has been training full time ever since he turned 16 years old. He began in the martial arts with Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing with 23-time world champion Jean-Yves Theriault. After receiving his Black belt in Shotokan karate, Mark decided it was time to move on to bigger challenges, and began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.
After School Program / Samurai Kids Instructor
Courtney has worked in early childhood education settings for over 10 years, specializing in Montessori methods of teaching and development.
Not only has she worked as an athletics program coordinator, developing physical education curricula for children aged 18 months to 12 years old she has been training in the martial arts for 17 years, in Karate, Kobudo, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With over 10 years experience instructing children in the martial arts (Karate, kickboxingg and Jiu-Jitsu).
Courtney achieved the level of shodan (first-degree black belt) in Goju Ryu karate under Kyoshi Christopher Doyle in 2012.