Sensei Eric C. Pedersen, 5th Degree Black Belt, Shihan
A 5th degree black belt in Kempo Karate and jiu-jitsu, he has been studying the martial art for over 27 years. Eric began his training in 1984, at the age of 13, at Auburn Martial Arts Academy in Auburn, Maine. There he studied Shaolin-Kempo Karate and jiu-jitsu for several years under Sensei James F. Teehan, a top student of Master Cal Carozzi and Fred Villari. There he stayed until 1993, achieving the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt). When Sensei Teehan decided to pursue other interests, Eric, now twenty-one, met Master Robert "Tokyo Joe" Lamattina and began training at the now famous Toyko Joe Studios 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 PANTHERS National Karate Team, and in 1995 earned the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt). In 1996 while at a tournament Eric was fortunate enough to attend a seminar taught by Blaise Loong. Since then Torke Blaise Loong ("Torke" is Old Norse meaning "The Strong One") has held numerous seminars at Brunswick Martial Arts Academy as well as personally training Eric in Yashai Warcraft. This training includes single sword, double sword, sword and dagger, single dagger, empty hands and flexible weapons. In 1999 Eric earned the rank of Yodan (4th degree black belt). In 2004 Eric earned the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt).
Shihan Eric owns and operates Brunswick Martial Arts Academy and continues to study Kempo-Karate, jiu-jitsu, Tai-chi, Yashai Warcraft and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Located in the heart of downtown Brunswick, Brunswick Martial Arts Academy has been serving the midcoast area for over 15 years providing the finest in martial arts instruction. Unlike many other Dojo (Japanese for Place where the way is taught, training hall) which are run part-time or by unqualified Instructors, Brunswick Martial Arts Academy is operated by dedicated professionals committed to excellence. We teach Kempo Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Weaponry, Tai-Chi and Aerobic Kickboxing as an exercise program.