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At Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy, our instructors are here to guide, instruct, and motivate our members to be the best they can be and impact Gloucester in a positive way. We are here to help parents raise their children to be confident leaders, boost their self-esteem, feel healthy, and get in great physical shape. We help our adult members find focus, eliminate stress, and improve their physical fitness. Come and see how Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy can help you.

TEAM

Deb Stone

Deb Stone holds the rank of 7th-degree black belt.  Mrs. Stone started her martial arts journey in 1994 under the guidance of Sensei Nancy Gavenda. She has been teaching since 1998 and a Dojo owner for over 20 years. She currently holds the rank of 7th Dan and studies under the tutelage of Master Buzz Durkin, 10th Dan in Atkinson, NH. She also holds an RN BSN degree.

Owner

Neil Stone

8th-degree black belt with over 30 years of training and teaching experience. Sensei Stone has helped thousands of students reach and exceed their goals, and is a well-known figure in the local community.

Neil Stone started his martial arts career in 1986 and has been teaching since 1990. He has spent his entire tenure studying Uechi-Ryu, in order to fully develop his understanding of the style. He currently trains with Mr. Buzz Durkin, a 10th-degree black belt (the highest rank obtainable in Uechi-Ryu), and constantly works with his mentors and peers to heighten his own capabilities. Mr. Stone has lived in the Southern New Hampshire area all his life, and currently raises his two children in this area. When not teaching martial arts, Mr. Stone enjoys watching and supporting the New England sports teams!

Art Beane

Arthur Beane, Ed.D., began his Uechi Ryu study December 2001 at the age of fifty-seven and has been a student of Sensei Deb Stone and John Mahaney.  He now holds the rank of Godan (Fifth Degree Black Belt).

 

Art’s profession was in education.  It began in 1968.  He was a classroom teacher, program director, counselor, alternative high-school teacher, university clinical professor, elementary school assistant principle and principal.  Along the way, beginning September of 1988, Art matriculated into Boston University in the Special Education Department as a part-time student.  In 1993, he started full-time student-teacher field placement and supervision work at B.U. while continuing to take night courses to meet his degree requirements.  Art earned an education doctorate, Ed.D., in 2001.  Since December 2008 when Art retired, he is living a peaceful life with his wife Margaret and teaches regularly at the karate academy.

 

Andrew Caden

Andrew has been training in the Martial Arts since he was 6 years old under the tutelage of Deb Stone and John Mahaney. Having trained within the Gloucester dojo for around 18 years, Mr. Caden currently holds the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt). Previously a collegiate student of Fine Art and Design.

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