Our mission is to make our students more successful in life through the study and practice of Uechi-Ryu (way-chee-roo) Karate. We do this by teaching our karate as a complete discipline (mind, body and spirit), which in addition to developing physical self defense skills, encourages the formation of high personal standards and respect for our fellow-men and women. Through our practice and teaching, and our student service culture, we strive daily to produce individuals who are positive, respected and contributing members of society.


John Mahaney

Mr. John Mahaney began his training with Ms. Nancy Gavenda August 1993. In 1998, he began teaching an after school karate program in the Rockport Elementary School. In July of 2000, the Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy in Gloucester, Mass. was opened on a full-time basis. Mr. Mahaney holds the Master rank of Nanadan (Seventh Degree Black Belt). He continues his studies under the tutelage of Eight Degree Black Belt Mr. Allan Azoff.


Mr. Mahaney also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel Management which he received from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ma in 1986. From 1986 through 2002 he has worked as a hotel manager for Hyatt Corporation, Sheraton Tara Corporation, Danvers, Kings Grant Inn, Danvers, and as a sales and service representative for Metlife Auto and Home Insurance Company.  He has run the karate dojo full time since 2002.

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 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.


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