Shihan Michael Woods


Shichidan 7th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate 2nd Degree Black Belt in Small Circle Ju-Jitsu Shihan Michael Woods started his martial arts journey at the age of sixteen, at Milford Studio of self defense, under the instruction of Shihan Joe Shuras and Sensei Steve Linnell. After graduating from Bentley College in 1991 he resumed training with Sensei Craig Seavey.Shihan received the rank of Shodan, 1st degree black belt, in 1993 at Nick Cerio’s Kenpo Karate, and received the…

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Sensei Philip Sargente


Philip had always been interested in martial arts. When his family moved to Holliston, his mother noticed the karate school in town. She thought it would be a great way for her son to meet new friends and develop the discipline he had surely been lacking. At the age of 9, Philip was neither the most well-mannered nor the best-behaved boy. Little did he know at the time that martial arts would have such a vast impact on his…

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Sensei Cassandra Mumford

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Nidan 2nd Degree Black Belt When Sensei Mumford first came to NGMA in 2006, it was to bring her 6 year old son to his first karate class. She never imagined it would ever be anything more than a healthy hobby for her son to participate in. How wrong she was. After watching the classes and seeing the positive influences of the activity on a child, Sensei Mumford decided to see if NGMA would have the same effect on an…

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Mark Murphy


My interest in karate was sparked by watching my daughter’s karate class. I was interested in getting back into shape, so I decided to give it a try. I enjoy taking classes as well as helping with instruction in the children’s classes. There are inherent benefits that one gets from the dojo including physical fitness, self-esteem and self-defense skills. The most valued to me is the intangible benefit of the camaraderie with other students that is built upon honor…

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