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AMERICAN BLACK BELT ACADEMY IN MASSAPEQUA PARK, NY

TOM LOVARCO

Head Instructors

Senior instructor Tom LoVarco has been training in Kenpo Karate since 1985. Mr. LoVarco is an 8th degree Black Belt in Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate under Mr. Joe Palanzo (10th Degree Black Belt) and also serves as Executive Vice President to the Worldwide Kenpo Karate Association. He currently offers karate instruction at The American Black Belt Academy in Massapequa Park, NY.

Tom LoVarco and his wife Lorraine LoVarco have used the popularity of their karate instruction school to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local and national charities through fundraisers and demonstrations. These charities include the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The American Heart Association.

The LoVarco's host one of the largest tournaments in the New York area -- The American Karate Championships -- each year. In addition, they coordinate the entire tournament circuit for the Worldwide Kenpo Karate Association. Mr. LoVarco has provided karate instruction to hundreds of students from the academy in Massapequa Park that have become highly successful martial artists. His demonstration teams have held first place positions in all divisions and have been featured on The Montel Williams Show.

Mr. LoVarco’s goals are to improve the lives of his students through karate instruction and study of the Martial Arts. He focuses extensively on helping them develop strong character values to enhance their success and happiness.


HERE'S WHAT ONE OF HIS STUDENTS HAS TO SAY:
"I began taking karate somewhere between my 4th and 5th birthday. I attended American Black Belt for the following 10 years. There I met my teacher, Mr. Tom LoVarco, an inspirational role model for me. The many character traits he taught me throughout my years there continue to influence me and will do so for the rest of my life."

J.J. Imbriani


CHRISTOPHER LOVARCO
Chris LoVarco has dedicated his life to Martial Arts for the last 24 years. First starting in the art of Shotokan and obtaining the rank of 1st degree Brown Belt, He now holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Ed Parker's American Kenpo and a Brown Belt in Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has competed in Amateur Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts contests for the WKA, WFL and AFL. In addition, he is a 1st place Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament competitor. His Karate tournament credits include first place wins in forms, self defense and sparring. He is also a strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer.


CHRISTOPHER WOISIN
Chris Woisin has been training in American Kenpo Karate since 1994 and is a 4th degree Black Belt. In addition to his Kenpo training, Mr. Chris is a weapons expert producing many first-place champions on the tournament circuit. His weapons' training includes bo, nunchaku, sai, sword and kama. Mr. Chris Woisin coaches a championship tournament team and is a very dedicated instructor.
DAN BELLEZZE
Dan is a 5th degree Black Belt in American Kenpo and has been training since 1995. In addition to his Kenpo training, Dan has refereed and judged in many notable bouts and tournaments. Mr. Dan is also an avid body builder.


DANIELLE LOVARCO
Danielle manages the women's fitness program. She is a certified personal trainer and kickboxing instructor. Danielle has been training under her father, Tom LoVarco, since she was 6 years old.

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