Shawn Whitney (Associate Instructor 2nd Degree Black Belt)
Here is a little about my life and my history, I grew up in my younger years in Gardner MA area, where I was home schooled up until High School. In my early teens I moved to Leicester MA, where I attended Leicester High School and at age 15 I began my martial arts training in American Kenpo & Wing Chun Gung Fu at MJA Martial Arts.
When I graduated from high school I left my training for a year and joined the Air National Guard as a draftsman and surveyor and was stationed at 104th Fighter Wing – Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield MA. After Basic Training and Technical School I returned home to begin my martial arts training. I served for 6 years and worked up to the rank of Staff Sargent (E5). When my base changed missions/roles they disbanded my unit and I decided to finish my service out at the National Guard Headquarters in Milford, and was honorably discharged in April of 2008. During this time I became an instructor in American Kenpo Karate in March of 2005.
Throughout my training I continued to teach and train in American Kenpo and in December of 2008, I acquired my 1st degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate. Six years later in December of 2014, I acquired my 2nd Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate. Due to business complications and personal reasons MJA Martial Arts and I went our separate ways in May of 2015. This however turned out to be one of the best things that had ever happened to me. I was able to find a more certified instructor in the art of American Kenpo, Dave Staples, An 7th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo in Worcester MA. I look forward to acquiring my 3rd black belt in the near future.
I am currently training not only in American Kenpo Karate, but in Tai Chi as well. This training is not only to expand my knowledge about martial arts, the human body, and to improve my skill, but to share it with others and pass down true art, skill, and ability.
I have over 15 years of training experience and over 10 years of teaching experience.
I currently train at:
- Dave Staples American Kenpo Karate – under (7th degree) Senior Professor Dave Staples
- Full Circle Tai Chi – under Laoshi Karim-Ben Saunders – Tai Chi
- I currently work full time as a draftsman/designer for CoorTek Worcester.