Eric C. Pedersen
Eric is a Fifth Degree Black Belt in Kempo-Karate and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been studying the martial arts for 36 years. Eric began his training in 1984 at the age of thirteen at Auburn Martial Arts Academy in Auburn, ME. There he studied Shaolin-Kempo Karate and Jiu-Jitsu for several years under Sensei James F. Teehan. In 1991 Eric achieved the rank of Shodan ( 1st Degree Black Belt ) and in 1993 the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt). In 1993 Eric met Grand Master Robert “Tokyo Joe” LaMattina and began training at the now famous Tokyo Joe’s Studio of Self Defense in Nashua, NH.
In 1994, Eric’s long time friend John D. Zeilor, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kempo placed him in charge of managing his Dojo, Brunswick Martial Arts Academy. This provided Eric with a place to hone both his Martial Arts skills and his teaching skills. Eric also earned a spot on the PANTHERS National Karate team. In 1995 he earned the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt).
While at a tournament in 1996, Eric was fortunate enough to attend a seminar taught by Blaise Loong. Over the past 24 years Blaise Loong has held annual seminars at Brunswick Martial Arts Academy as well as personally training Eric in the Filipino Martial Arts. In 1999 Eric earned the Rank of Yodan ( 4th Degree Black Belt ) and in 2005 Godan ( 5th Degree Black Belt). In 2015 Eric meet Professor Timothy Fawber, Since then Professor Fawber has been Eric’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor. Professor Fawber is also Head Instructor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Brunswick Martial Arts Academy Inc.
Shihan Eric owns and operates Brunswick Martial Arts Academy Inc. , and continues to study Kempo-Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tai-chi, and Filipino Martial Arts.