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.


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Deb Stone

Mrs. Stone started her Martial Arts career in 1994 under the guidance of Nancy Gavenda. She has been teaching since 1998 and a dojo owner for over 20 years. She currently holds the rank of 7th Dan (7th Degree Black Belt) and studies under the tutelage of Master Buzz Durkin, 10th Dan in Atkinson, NH. She also holds an RN BSN degree.

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Neil Stone

8th Degree Black Belt for 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 community.

Neil Stone started his martial arts career in 1986 and began teaching in 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 attainable 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!

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Taylor Cushion

4th Degree Black Belt, Taylor Cushion, is a long-time student and team member from the Hollis, NH dojo under the tutelage of Neil Stone. Starting her training when she was just 3 years old, Taylor has grown to become not only a strong team member as part of the dojo family, but also a very strong and knowledgeable teacher with a style very reminiscent of Mr. Stone's mannerisms!

Currently in college pursuing her degree, Miss Cushion actively partakes in staying connected with families and students, ensuring each and every member of the dojo is reaching their full potential and helping them feel they are achieving the most out of their training, both mentally & physically.



Arlene holds the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt and the title of Nidan. She's been studying Uechi-Ryu Karate under Sensei Neil Stone since 2016. Arlene works with the junior students and enjoys connecting with and getting to know all of the different and unique personalities in the classroom!



John is currently a Yon-Dan (4th-degree black belt).  He’s been studying Uechi-Ryu Karate under Mr. Stone since 2001 when he was seven years old.  Now twenty-four, John teaches at the Academy in hopes of helping others grow as he has, and to give back to Mr. Stone for his countless hours of teaching.  John dreams to one day open his own school and continue to have a lasting impact on students and their families!