Hi everyone, my name is Pete or Sensei Pete. Just want to let you know how I started at the Amerikick Delran Team. I am a father of two: I have a daughter Arianna (21yrs) and a son Anthony (18yrs), you may have seen him around. Anthony had already been attending Amerikick karate, at the age of 5, and there was a special father’s day membership promotion, so I decided to attend a karate class. My level of activity had declined and I wanted to get back into some kind of physical training. It beat sitting on the couch eating snacks and waiting for bedtime by 100 miles, God bless my wife, Diane.
During my time with the Amerikick Delran family, I was an active member of the community at the time. Coaching or helping coach in the Delran athletic association and being the Den leader/Cubmaster for cub scout Pack 25.
I had earned my karate first and second degree black belt under Sensei Nick, which opened the door to many other martial arts learning opportunities. Arnis and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) have also become training passions, both available within Amerikick.
Arnis, also called Eskrima, Kali, Garrote, or fighting sticks, has been very enjoyable to learn and teach. Amerikick introduces the art during the first degree black belt journey, but that was not enough for me. So, I continued my training with none other than Grandmaster Dennis Tosten, founder of Amerikick, and earned my Lakan (equivalent to a Black Belt).
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ has been another branch in the martial arts tree. I have the opportunity to learn and train with some excellent martial artists within the Amerikick Delran team: Sensei Tyler and Sensei Jamel. My BJJ journey currently has me at a purple belt level under Sensei Nick and Coach Rick Migliarese. Every single member within the BJJ program keeps me on my toes and makes me earn the purple belt every training session.
So, in addition to my martial arts passion, I have a bachelors in Mechanical engineering from NJIT and work full time at a company close by that designs and builds automated laboratory robotics equipment for the pharmaceutical industry.
I would also like to mention that every experience I have had at AmeriKick has resulted in a camaraderie.