International Kenpo
Council of Grandmasters

// Direct Lineage to Sr. Grandmaster George Pesare

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Our Founder

Senior Grandmaster George Pesare

Senior Grandmaster George Pesare
1932 - 2012

Senior Grandmaster Pesare was a 10th degree Black Belt and is the undisputed founder of Kempo Karate in New England. The 10th degree Black Belt level is one of the highest achievements in the martial arts community and is at the Professorship level. SG Pesare began his martial arts career with Karazenpo-Go-Shinjutsu in 1958 with his instructor, Grandmaster Victor (Sonny) Gascon, one of the Kempo founders in America. Upon Grandmaster Gascon’s retirement he gave the responsibility of teaching the true Karazenpo-Go-Shinjutsu to SG George Pesare. Mr. Pesare continued his training in addition to the following martial art disciplines: 5th degree Black Belt in Judo 4th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo 4th degree Black Belt in Eskrima 2nd degree Black Belt in Aikido These martial arts ratings were accompanied with college degrees in advertising and science. In the world of realistic self-defense, George Pesare had been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years. During his tenure with the Providence Sheriff’s Department, he served as Training Officer and Range Master. During his tenure with the Kent County Sheriffs department, he also served as Training Officer and Range Master, teaching all aspects of firearms to Federal, State, and municipal agencies. Mr. Pesare was the coordinator of the National Rifle Associations’ Annual Police Pistol Regional Championships. He was also a member of the coveted ‘1490’ club. He is the 1994 Rhode Island State Police Pistol Champion, and was the Police Pistol Champion of the Prestigious Police Pistol Governors Twenty. Mr. Pesare was also the President and Rhode Island Match Director of the Rhode Island Police Pistol Combat League.

Homecoming Banquet

November 7, 2021
Lafayette Club
34 High St. Nashua NH
Banquet: 4:00 PM

Join us for our evening homecoming banquet to celebrate the schools and members of the IKCG!

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*Last day to register is November 3rd, 2021

Tournament & Seminars

November 7, 2021
Nashua High School North
8 Titan Way, Nashua NH
9:00 AM

See the best in North America compete for the World Championship! Open to all Kenpo/Kempo stylists from age 3 to Adult, White to Black.

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*Last day to register is November 3rd, 2021

The Grand Council

Meet the International Kenpo Council of Grandmasters in detail. Click on a photo to learn more about each Grandmaster.

Member Schools

Membership is contingent on review and approval by the members of the Executive Board of Directors. Rank must be verified by providing copies of all certificates. Any student of a member school will be allowed individual membership.

Bellingham Family Karate

Bill Rowe

Black Dragon Martial Arts Academy

Dan Jenkins

Bobby Lynn's Kenpo Karate

Bobby Lynn

Dragon Phoenix Martial Arts

Jesse Dwire

Jim Obrien's Kenpo Karate

Jim O'Brien

Johnson's Red Dragons Kenpo Karate Studio

Paul Johnson

Journey Martial Arts

Clayton Johnston

Karate International

Joe Costa

Karate Pro Dojo

Ken Schiavone's Kenpo

Kenpo Karate Institute

Komushin Ryu Academy

Wali Islam

Logan's Martial Arts

Bill & Tammy Logan

Lombardi Institute for Martial Arts

Stephen Lombardi

Mike Worobel Martial Arts

Mike Worobel

New England Karate Academy

Alan D'Allessandro

New England Oki-Ryu Kenpo Karate

Michael Burton

Nick Cerio's Kenpo

Joe Smith

Nick Cerio's Kenpo

Keith O'Callaghan

Paul Silva Kenpo of Main

Paul Silva

Peaceful Warriors Martial Arts

Marco Mazzola

Raven Lee Smith Karate

Raven Lee Smith

Rebelo's Kenpo Karate

Joe Rebelo

Rocky DiRico's Kenpo Karate

Rocky DiRico

Roger Carpenter's Karate Institute

Roger Carpenter

Ronin Kenpo Karate

Dennis Gomes

Rudy Duncan's Martial Arts

Rudy Duncan

Satori Ryu Martial Arts

Eric Kearns

Shoju Kempo Ryu

Steve Nugent's Karate Institute

Steve Nugent

The Karate School

Lynn Reynolds

The Pound Martial Arts Center

Patrick Matthews

Tim Wakefield's Shaolin Martial Arts Canada

Tim Wakefield

Tokyo Joe's Studio of Belmont

Frank Manzelli

Tokyo Joe's Studio of Concord

Alan Gomes

Tokyo Joe's Studios of Self Defense

Bobby LaMattina

Tokyo Joe's Studios of Self Defense

Bob Arredondo

Wachusett Martial Arts

Paul Lombardi

Zanshin Kenjutsu of Billerica

Paul Parent

Zanshin Kenjutsu of Dedham

Chris Horlbogen

Zanshin Kenjutsu of Hudson

David Ghize

Zanshin Kenjutsu of Pelham

Paul Parent

9 W Kempo

Jim Morrill


*No school owner who was “self promoted” to 10th Degree and/or claims to have created their own system without proof of Kenpo/Kempo lineage will be allowed membership into our organization.