Our Expert Instructors
As martial artists we have chosen a path that mandates continually striving for excellence in both our physical training and how we conduct ourselves in the world. At Kempo Academy of Martial Arts, it is our mission to in turn guide others down this venerable path. In so doing we maintain our schools with honor and integrity above all else and strive to help every student realize his or her full potential.
–Master Scott Craigue, Headmaster
Kempo Academy instructors share the time honored teaching methods implemented at Kempo Academy, and always advance the curriculum with the most modern and effective teaching ideas in the martial arts today.
Master Scott Craigue
Master Scott Craigue is the founder, owner and Headmaster of Kempo Academy of Martial Arts. Master Craigue has been practicing martial arts since 1979. Through his years of extensive study and training he has achieved a rank of 8th Degree Master Level Black Belt in Chinese Kempo. The diversity of his martial arts skills are evidenced by his 3rd Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo and Black Sash in Chinese Kung Fu. Among Master Craigue’s tournament accomplishments are several national sparring championships and several national weapons championships.
Sensei Michael Nahan
Sensei Michael Nahan is the owner, manager and chief instructor at our Darien location. He has been practicing martial arts since 1996, and has been under the guidance of Master Scott Craigue since 2002. Sensei Nahan has graduated from the Instructors College for Teaching of the Martial Arts (ICMA), and has also earned two bachelors degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. His current national rankings include 4th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kempo, Certified Kickboxing Instructor, and a Blue Sash in Tam Tui Wah Lum Kung Fu.
Sensei Anthony Smetak
Sensei Anthony Smetak is the owner, manager and chief instructor of Kempo Academy, New Canaan. Earning an MBA in Finance and working in the financial sector for over a decade, he now studies under the guidance of Master Craigue and Master DeBarger. Sensei Smetak has graduated from the Instructors College for Teaching of the Martial Arts (ICMA); additionally, he has served as the chief instructor at the Ridgefield satellite location as well as an assistant instructor at the Westport studio. His martial arts background includes experience with Okinawan Karate; moreover, he has completed a training regimen in Thailand with professional Muay Thai boxers. Sensei Smetak is nationally ranked at 2nd Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kempo.
Sensei Patricia Jackson
Sensei Patricia Jackson is the operator and chief instructor at the Norwalk satellite location. Patricia graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an AS in System Information Technology and continued her studies at Fairfield University, earning a degree in Computer Engineering and Technology. After working in the technology sector for over 14 years, Patricia decided to join the Kempo Academy team. She is currently enrolled in the Instructors College for Teaching of the Martial Arts (ICMA), and is studying under the guidance of Master Scott Craigue and Master Douglas DeBarger. Trish Jackson has worked as an assistant instructor at both the Wilton and Darien studio locations and is currently nationally ranked at 2nd Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kempo.
Sensei George Wolff
Sensei George Wolff is the chief instructor at Ridgefield Parks & Rec satellite location. He is currently enrolled in the Instructors College for the teaching of Martial Arts (ICMA). Sensei Wolff has been studying Martial Arts since 2004 and has been under the guidance of Master Scott Craigue, Master Douglas DeBarger, and Sensei Michael Nahan since 2013. He is nationally ranked as a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, at 1st Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kempo. and his currently working towards his Black Sash in Tam Tui Wah Lum Kung Fu.
Sensei Stephanie Aldworth
Sensei Stephanie Aldworth is the Assistant Instructor at the Greenwich location. Sensei Aldworth earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Lesley University in 2002 and enjoyed a 15 year career as a Special Education teacher in Boston, MA and Greenwich, CT before becoming a full time karate instructor. She is currently enrolled in the Instructors College for Teaching of the Martial Arts (ICMA) and is studying to earn her black belt under the guidance of Master DeBarger, Master Craigue, Sensei Nanan and Sensei Simon. Sensei Aldworth shares her passion for karate with her son, who is one of her students in Greenwich.