Active Black Belts

Chief Instructors

Master John Kay

Hachidan (8th Degree)

Master John Kay began studying Karate in February 1972 at the University of Florida with our style's founder, O'Sensei Ngo Dong. John earned his Black Belt in February 1974 - the same year he met Ricki Kay. They were married in 1980. They were the first husband and wife couple to both earn Master rank (6th degree or higher) in Cuong Nhu.

Master Ricki Kay

Shichidan (7th Degree)

Master Ricki Kay being studying Karate at University of Florida with O'Sensei Dong in January 1974. She earned her Black Belt in 1978, and founded our style's first school in the Seattle-area in 1980. In 1995, she and her husband officially started Fairwood Martial Arts, and she has been Head of School ever since. She is the highest ranked female Cuong Nhu black belt in the world.

Sensei Tony Kay

Yondan (4th Degree)

Active Black Belts

The following individuals have earned Black Belt rank or higher, and still actively train at Fairwood Martial Arts. In addition to pursuing their own training, many of our Black Belts also assist our chief instructors.

Sensei Chris Zarlengo

Yondan (4th Degree)

Sensei John Sommerville

Sandan (3rd Degree)

Sensei Blake Allen

Nidan (2nd Degree)

Sensei Axel Adalsteinsson

Nidan (2nd Degree)

Sensei Dave Strouhal

Nidan (2nd Degree)

Sensei Brian Shaw

Nidan (2nd Degree)

Sensei Joseph Cordell

Nidan (2nd Degree)

Sensei David Rees

Shodan (1st Degree)

Sensei Dave Davis

Shodan (1st Degree)

Sensei Andrew Hood

Shodan (1st Degree)

Sensei Andy Souder

Shodan (1st Degree)

Ryko Lastimosa

Black Belt

Jacen Rees

Black Belt

We look forward to adding your name to this distinguished list!

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