Bedford's Longest Running Family Martial Arts Center
CO-OWNER / SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
Mrs. Callahan is a Fifth Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. She is also a Senior Instructor and has been teaching at all age levels for more than 24 years. She has extensive tournament competition experience from the 1990’s in both Kenpo forms and fighting. In addition to her role as an Instructor, Mrs. Callahan manages community outreach for Callahan’s, including special self-defense workshops and programs.
Mr. Clements is a 5th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo and a Senior instructor. He has been a full-time member of the Callahan’s team since 1997. As the primary Instructor for Mini and Little Dragons, Mr. Clements is known for his unparalleled patience while teaching young children. He also has an extraordinary ability to work with students of all age groups and those with special needs.
Jay Gonzalez ("Mr. G.")
Mr. G is a 5th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo and has been a full-time team member since 2000. Mr. Gonzalez has a tremendous ability to inspire and connect with his students, bringing out the best in them. He encourages and inspires his students to strive for excellence but provides a great balance of hard work and fun in the classroom.
CO-OWNER / SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
Mr. Callahan is a native of Bedford and has co-owned and operated Callahan’s Karate since 1994 with his wife, Winnie Callahan. Mr. Callahan is a Seventh Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. He studies under Ninth Degree Kenpo Master Eliud Sanchez of Vernon, CT. With over 28 years of teaching experience, Mr. Callahan has helped thousands of students achieve success in martial arts, as well as help them make positive lifestyle changes through their training.
Ms.Goding has been training at Callahan’s since 2002 and is a Third Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. She is currently the Director of the Storm and Delta program which oversees the training of future instructors. Ms. Goding completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She also recently completed a semester abroad in Thailand where she spent some time training in Muay Thai fighting. Ms. Goding is well-known for her impressive demo work involving open hand forms and kamas. She is also known for connecting quickly with students and is a great role model, particularly for our female karate students.
Mr. Ackerman has been training at Callahan’s Karate since 2001 and is a Third Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. Rising through the ranks from a "Tiny Tiger” at age 3, he instructs in classes, camps, private lessons as well as local community programs. An Elementary Education major at Endicott College, he enjoys bringing his enthusiasm to classrooms and karate students at every age level. With additional training under world champion martial artists, Mr. Ackerman also instructs in sword, tricking and extreme martial arts skills. He has been competing with double sword at national tournaments since 2015, most recently achieving 3rd place in Men’s Black Belt Extreme Weapons at the 2018 Ocean State Grand Nationals. His sense of community has also led Callahan’s in the “Breaking Through ALS” Challenge for ALS, raising over $12,000 in the last four years. Finally, he is often found behind the lens of a camera, using his photography skills to highlight both karate and the landscape around him.
Ms. Callahan has been teaching kids of all ages for over 10 years. She began her karate training as a junior student in 1994 when her parents opened Callahan’s Karate. She worked her way up through the ranks and started helping out in classes as a young teenager on the Leadership Team. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music while pursuing Music Education, then later went on to teach English as a Second Language in Thailand where she lived for 2 years and trained in Muay Thai Kick Boxing. After returning to the states, Ms. Callahan got back into karate, earned her third degree black belt and is now an instructor. She enjoys teaching introductory lessons and private lessons, helping out in classes and creating Callahan’s Character Development Program. She is currently working on a Graduate program in Behavioral Intervention in Autism and intends to contribute what she learns while teaching.
Mr. Falco began his martial arts journey at Callahan’s Karate in 1999 at the age of four. He has since achieved the rank of 4th degree black belt in American Kenpo and been an instructor at the studio since 2009. His primary duties revolve around instructing the studio’s Leadership Team, including curriculum development. Mr. Falco has experience in the creation of open hand forms as well as those utilizing kama, bo staff, and nunchaku. He has also been assigned the role of Special Teams Director, overseeing the demonstration team as well as choreographing performances. In life outside of the studio, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts with his Master's in Biomedical Engineering and is working in medical device research and development. He enjoys spending time outdoors; training for his next triathlon, hiking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, or doing photography.
Mrs. Jewer, BS Leadership, first started karate in 2013 and received her First Degree Black Belt in 2017. Shortly after receiving her First Degree Black Belt, Mrs. Jewer joined the Instructor Team in 2018. In early 2019, she accepted a full time position at Callahan’s Karate where she will be able to alternate time between teaching on the mat and administration/project management to improve processes and elevate our customer’s experience.
Mr. Mola has been training at Callahan’s Karate since 2010 and is a Second Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. Mr. Mola joined the Instructor Team in 2017 and has been helping to train both children and adult students while working towards his Third Degree. He most appreciates the intricate style and purpose found in American Kenpo forms, and finds teaching to be one of the most rewarding things he’s done.