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Sensei Alex Davydov
Sensei Alex Davydov Master Level Instructor (5th Dan Black Belt)
Sensei Alex is Head Instructor of AmeriKick Karate Studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He graduated from Brooklyn College with Honors Degree in Business Management and Finance.
Sensei Alex has been training from the age of 6. His current standings are: 5th degree black belt, 2 time MMA belt holder winning all 7 amateur fights and current BJJ competitor dominating the expert divisions in NAGA. He also holds multiple world titles in sparring, forms and weapons in competition affiliations such as NASKA, NBL and WSKF. His accomplishments do not stop there. Sensei holds a brown belt in BJJ. He also trains and teaches Thai Kickboxing.
Sensei Ricky Taylor
Sensei Ricky Taylor Head Instructor
Sensei Ricky is a 2nd degree black belt. He specializes in self-defense. His weapon of choice: Kamas. Sensei Ricky’s dedication to the Martial Arts has taken him world-wide: competing in Puerto Rico, qualifying in 2011 for WKC (World Karate Championship) in Spain representing the USA. He is also a 5 time Amerikick champion.
Sensei Ricky is part of the 5 time NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) championship winning Dream Team. They have performed at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks and Liberty basketball teams. Under his leadership, AmeriKick Park Slope and AmeriKick South’s Demo Teams have won multiple championships.
In addition to being a huge sports fan, Sensei Ricky currently attends Bramsonort College, pursuing a degree in endocrinology. The need to use his karate skills has not been many. Sensei recalls an incident in high school. Other than that, the Martial Arts played a huge roll in weight loss and in stabilizing his diabetes.
Sensei Leticia Dumas
Sensei Leticia Dumas Instuctor
Sensei Leticia is our first female white belt student to attain her black belt.
Her competitive spirit has enabled her to travel and competed nationally and internationally, including Spain. Along with the other members of the Amerikick Park Slope Dream Team, Sensei Leticia has performed at Madison Square Garden.
Leticia is currently attending John Jay College pursuing a career in law enforcement.
The road to black belt has not been an easy one for Sensei Leticia but, at this juncture, she looks back and sees each hurdle as stepping stones. Though she has never had to use her martial arts skills to defend herself, her confidence has grown since stepping onto the mat 9 years ago. She is physically and mentally stronger. Her grades in high school went up and she was 3rd in her class. She attributes her focus and success to the Martial Arts.
Sensei Niko Shegay
Sensei Niko Shegay Instructor
Sensei Nikolay (Niko) Shegay, is from St. Petersburg, Russia. Sensei Niko obtained the majority of his education in Russia: high school, 3 years of college and 4 years at University, majoring in Business Management and Organization.
Sensei Niko is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Hap Kido, 4 degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon do and a Master in Kickboxing. He participated in the 2002 St. Petersburg Championship, no gear, Kickboxing.
In 2011, Sensei Niko also competed in 10 Kickboxing matches in Seoul, Korea. Upon coming to the United States, Sensei Niko continued his education at Long Island University as well as his martial arts training at The Training Zone.
Sensei Dennis Ogando
Sensei Dennis Ogando Assistant Instructor
Sensei Dennis has been studying karate for 9 years and is now a 1st degree black belt. Sensei Dennis has performed at Madison Square Garden with Sensei Manny Brown. He is also part of 5 time NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) championship winning Dream Team. Sensei has won several 1st place trophies in tournaments such as AmeriKick Internationals and Twin Towers Classics.
Studying the Martial Arts has boosted Sensei Dennis’s confidence, helped with his self-control on and off the mat and has aided in controlling his asthma. Though he has never had to use his skills to defend himself, Sensei Dennis recommends that everyone and anyone to take-up the Arts. Sensei is currently a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy. He is aspiring to become a linguist to master at least 4 languages in addition to English.
Ms. Carrie Schechter
Ms. Carrie Schechter Kickboxing Instructor
Carrie Schechter is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified instructor with over 18 years fitness instruction nationwide in: Kickboxing, Yoga, Pilates, Boot-Camp Fitness, HITT (High Intensity Interval Training), Tabata. Miss Schechter is also a student at Amerikick Muay Thai Kickboxing and trained So Bahk Do (Mu Do Kwan). She is a personal trainer with a variety of clients from all aspects of life: amateurs, professionals and those looking to improve their overall health and way of life.
Realizing the futility of a good workout regimen without a healthy, balanced diet has lead Miss Schechter to pursue a certification in nutrition. It is not just about getting fit—It is about embracing a healthy lifestyle—Mind, Body and Spirit.
Ms. Ada Vargas
Ms. Ada Vargas Program Director
Ms. Ada is the mother of 2 awesome and talented children. She enrolled as a member of Fitness Kickboxing in 2005 as well as enrolled her children into the karate program. Those children are now 1st and 2nd degree black belts, Sensei Ricky and Sensei Marquez. With dedication and hard work through the Fitness Kickboxing program, Ms. Ada lost over 150 pounds.
Not too long after, Ms. Ada was offered the position of Program Director for AmeriKick Park Slope and soon after she became a Fitness Kickboxing Instructor. Currently certified by the AmeriKick Fitness Program, she runs the entire Park Slope Kickboxing program.
Because of her welcoming smile and professionalism, the parents and children adore her. Ms. Ada has become an inspiration to the AmeriKick Fitness Kickboxing members.
Mrs. Cherylann Simon
Mrs. Cherylann Simon Assistant
After battling uterine cancer, going back to school and a major transition in the workforce, Cherylann’s weight went up to 335 pounds. Though her confidence was not hampered by the weight gain or the changes in life, her strength was depleted. Cherylann found AmeriKick Park Slope on her way home one day and decided to give it a try. She called. Spoke with Ms. Ada and was encouraged by the happy and welcoming voice over the phone. Cherylann’s father taught her to box as a child and now she needed to fall back into such workout but with more!!! Two weeks after joining Ladies Fitness Kickboxing with Ms. Ada, Cherylann found strength returning to her body as well as seeing the weight drop.
Why does she now work at AmeriKick? Cherylann knows first-hand the difference the programs make in people’s lives. Not just kickboxing, but the kids/adult karate and the MMA Kickboxing. It is true what that old cliché says, “You get out what you put in.” Cherylann speaks to women of all different stages in their lives sharing her story and spreading the hope of a better and newer “You.” Her 3 daughters are proud of the “new” mom and push her to keep going. Today, spiritually, physically and emotionally, Cherylann is healthier than she has been in almost 20 years.
Amerikick - Park Slope Team
I originally signed up for three months of women's kickboxing, thinking I could get some cardio exercise in and maybe learn a little self-defense. That was a year and a half ago, and I've never left! The classes are intense workouts that are always different, which keeps things interesting. There are two different instructors, Ms. Ada and Ms. Carrie, each of whom has her own style of teaching and who complement each other well. Both are very supportive and positive. They appreciate the beauty and strength of women of all shapes and sizes, and encourage you to give all you have to being your best and developing good fighting form. Since I've been going there I've seen my confidence increase, because they've taught me I can do things I never thought I'd be able to do. And it never hurts to know how to deliver a good, solid punch! Highly recommended both for fitness and self-defense.
My almost 6-year old son has tried baseball, soccer, music -- everything -- and we have finally found something he loves! I wasn't sure if he would stick with a 2x a week schedule, but he's so excited each time. The instructors are warm and caring, but also teach kids the value of focus and discipline. The instructors are also great about providing small goals and rewards (like stripes on their belts) most classes that make kids feel motivated and proud of themselves. My son says he won't stop till he's a black belt!
Amerikick Park Slope has been a warm and familial experience right from the moment we walked in with our son. Right away my son felt comfortable and truly cared for. My son has grown as a martial artist but also in his confidence. He is no longer the shy but the child that can be expected to make another kid feel welcome and I attribute that to Amerikick's teachings. They not only teach martial arts, but physical and mental health. I cannot say enough great things about this school!
I have never really been the type of person do to the fitness thing, but there was a deal and decided to take advantage of it. I never imagined how much I would love the Kickboxing classes as well as all the instructors. Everyone there is super friendly and very helpful, trust me as someone who had no idea what she was doing. It was really to sign up and affordable, plus the times for the classes are very convenient. I would recommend this Amerikick Martial Arts in Park Slope to anyone and everyone; I do it to keep fit and not to lose weight, though that does happen, but it makes you feel good about yourself and we all need that. Thank you Amerikick.