"My training has given me the courage to fight for my dreams while equipping me with skills
without which I could not hope to achieve them. "
Graduated: Brandeis University BS in Biology and Neuroscience
PhD student in Cancer Biology, Mt Sinai Hospital
MS in Biotechnology, Northeastern University
Research Technician, Harvard Medical School
Laboratory Scientist, Genetic Services Inc.
Research Technician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
I am proud to say that I had the privilege of training under Shihan Eric for over 10 years. I
cannot measure just how much I heave learned from my time at the dojo. Of course, the
excellent martial arts training I received taught me essential self-defense skills while teaching
me how to stay active. In addition, my years at the dojo have been crucial in allowing me to
build my educational and professional career. The mental discipline and focus I learned have
been critical in my academic success and continue to help me as I pursue my PhD. The
motivation, drive, and endurance that I built in the dojo were crucial as I balanced both a
full-time Masters course load and a full-time job as a Research Technician at Harvard. Even
as an undergrad, the values I gained from the martial arts helped shape the day to day
choices I made. My experience as an Assistant Instructor at the dojo also gave me the
confidence to take on various mentoring and teaching roles in college and after. In short, the
martial arts have been pivotal in shaping the person I am today. My training has given me the
courage to fight for my dreams while equipping me with skills without which I could not hope to
"My training at Satori Ryu Karate has taught me to be confident in myself and in all that I do."
Graduate: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Veteran Iraq war 2005
Police officer ( Detective )Attleboro MA
Member S.W.A.T team
My training at Satori Ryu Karate has taught me to be confident in myself and in all that I do. It
has taught me to follow through with my goals. It all started with katas and learning them. I feel
that learning Katas actually helped me with my focus. Karate has taught me patience.
Whether it was while I was sparring and waiting for the right moment to strike, or trying to get
my 540. I learned to be patient and that practice makes perfect. I learned to be determined in
Karate. I wanted to be the best. I strived for it all the time.
I joined the Army and deployed to Iraq in 2005. Being at war was tough but through the
discipline I learned at Satori Ryu I was able to make it through. Karate training definitely gave
me some of the mental toughness that was required to do it.
I have graduated with my bachelors in college from the University o f Massachusetts.
I became a police officer in 2007 and it has been a great career. I am married and have a 4
year old son.
The patience, discipline, determination and integrity I learned in Karate has helped me. I am
on a SWAT team. I am a Detective. I continue to push myself like I did in Karate in all that I do.
I remain confident in myself and my abilities.
"I will never be able to stress the profound impact Satori Ryu continues to have on me."
Graduated: Suffolk University 2014
Suffolk University Student Body President
graduated Summa Cum Laude
I remember my first year of college with great clarity. I recall feeling mixed emotions: anxiety,
excitement, stress, hope. I can remember fearing that I might fail; that I might not fulfill my dreams.
Regardless, I was setting out on a new adventure essentially on my own. The shelter of my small town
and my close family and friends was behind me, and it was very much up to me to shape my college
Without this shelter and structure, it would have been easy for me to squander four years of college
by not becoming involved, not studying, not “putting myself out there.” However, when I felt like giving
up or inadequate, I reflected on my experiences at Satori Ryu. My years of instruction and many
hours of training prohibited me from doing anything but my best.
Throughout my time at Satori Ryu, I learned many forms, combinations, techniques, however, I
learned the most about myself. I learned that through determination, hard work, and perseverance, I
could succeed. When I was in the dojo, with the help of Sensei Eric and Sensei John, I learned the
importance of pushing myself beyond what I thought I could do. Sensei Eric never let me give up on
myself, and instilled the ethic that adequate will never suffice and that we can always better ourselves.
When I reached the point when I thought I could go no further, Sensei Eric encouraged me to push
myself harder to consistently challenge what I thought was possible. I think of these lessons every day.
Without Satori Ryu and Sensei Eric, I would not have made it through my first year of college with the
success that I had. I would not have gone on to become President of Suffolk University’s student
body, I would not have graduated Summa Cum Laude and I would not have progressed to serve our
nation as an AmeriCorps member in Washington, DC. I will never be able to stress the profound
impact Satori Ryu continues to have on me, and as long as I remember Sensei Eric’s teachings I know
that I will never give up.
"My training in Satori Ryu is a significant reason I was able to obtain such a competitive
position. The hard work ethic, appreciation, respect I developed "
Graduated Cum Laude : College of the Holy Cross, May 2016
Dean’s List: High Honors, Honors; Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honors Society)
College of the Holy Cross, Independent Research , University of Pittsburgh,
Summer Internship Training in Biostatistics , College of the Holy Cross,
Chemistry Laboratory Teacher Assistant ,
College of the Holy Cross, Grader and Tutor , College of the Holy Cross, Resident Assistant ,
Swadhyay, Devotional Associates of Yogeshwar ,
UMass Memorial Medical Volunteer Program, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Early in my childhood, I lacked character, an identity, confidence. I found myself feeling like a “follower”, but
I wanted to be a leader. My attitude to these things changed, and I can attribute that to my training with
Sensei Eric a role model whose words of wisdom, constant encouragement, and ongoing friendship shaped
the person I am today and things I have accomplished in my life to this point. Ultimately, the training I
received at Satori Ryu instilled the necessary confidence, character, etiquette, attitude, and appreciation I
lacked. The consistency of attending class and the vigorous work ethic needed to achieve the next rank
changed the type of person I was. I developed an active, hardworking ethic in all facets of my life. The
physical nature of Satoti Ryu morphed my values from solely mental fortitude to a balance between mental,
spiritual, and physical strengthening. The mental strain from the physical training also instilled a confidence
within me. When I overcame obstacles like the belt rank tests, which are extremely taxing to the mind and
body, I became proud and confident of my ability to accomplish something I put my mind to. The respect
that we are held accountable for in the Dojo and in life by our Sensei has translated to my unending
appreciation towards my family, friends and teachers, today. The behavior expected of the students when
learning martial art instills a proper etiquette in which we consider those around us, and those whom we
may affect far away from us. All these transformations happened thanks to the reinforcement of confidence,
character, etiquette, proper attitude, and appreciation from my training. As I prepare to start working for the
National Institute of Health at the Cardiovascular Laboratory as a researcher. My training in Satori Ryu is a
significant reason I was able to obtain such a competitive position. The hard work ethic, appreciation,
respect I developed allowed me to perform well in my college experience, building numerous relationships
with professors and other leaders in the field. I volunteer at numerous institutions without pay because of
my realization of the greater things in life (beyond monetary things) helping someone is a quality I learned
in the Dojo. Without these qualities and without my training I would not be where I am today.
"At the age of 40, with two young boys, I took my first karate class"
Shodan (1st degree Black belt) June 2008
Nidan (2nd degree Black Belt) December 2012
At the age of 40, with two young boys, I took my first karate class. I did it for the right reason as I wanted to
share an activity with my eight-year-old son; an experience that only he and I would have together. Little did
I know that that decision would lead me on 12-year journey testing all aspects of my strength … and
culminating when we were tested for black belts together. How proud I was of the two of us!
So, what does a middle-aged woman learn during that time? As wives, moms and workers we know our
weakness extremely well. Conversely, we rarely have the opportunity to explore our strengths. The most
obvious is to learn of our physical strengths. This was done in the day-to-day practice of our Art. But more
important, I learned that physically I was able to take a hit, have the wind knocked out of me and not crumple
to the ground. I learned that I could be thrown onto the mat and still be able to rise. I learned that, if need
be, I could brandish a weapon understanding, the implications. And lastly, I learned the true meaning of self-
On a much deeper level, I learned of my emotional strength. What is worth fighting for and what is not? A
seemingly simple thought but with complex ramifications. I came to know that each opponent is very
different, and that one needs to approach them differently (a concept I was able to apply throughout my daily
life). I became very interested in the thousands of years of history associated with my Art. I came to
appreciate the wealth of intelligence of those who paved the path for us, yet without the technology or
communication forums we have today. And finally I learned to live by my own personal code of honor.
Warriors call this the “Bushido Code.”
Throughout this journey I have been grateful to my beloved teachers, Sensei Eric Kearns and Sensei John
Reitz who so generously shared their knowledge with me. I am grateful to my family for allowing me the time
for this self-exploration. I believe they are proud of me. I only hope that daily, I represent my Art in way that
"Learning kenpo gave me the confidence and life skills I needed to be successful."
Graduated Northeastern Class of 2014
Worked Teach For America 2014-2015
SMB Account Manager Lenovo
As an Account Manager at Lenovo, it is not immediately clear that karate was a large part of my
formative experience as an adolescent. I started training under Shihan Eric Kearns at the age of 12, and
obtained my black belt and the rank of Shodan in 2010 at the age of 17. I remember my first essay for
my yellow belt test being on the Principles of Conduct – Effort, Etiquette, Sincerity, Character, and Self
Control. While I may not use my kata forms or techniques in my everyday life, these Principles have
become a core part of my identity and have been a strong component in my success as an adult and a
I have risen quickly within Lenovo’s corporate world. I am told that it is due to my genuine attitude, the
effort that I put into every task I put my mind to, my determination, and the way I treat both my managers
and the people who work under me. I have learned, through my many years of training, that
determination is key, and that no one gets by on doing the bare minimum. Success is achieved through
hard work and determination, and it is this message that has afforded me great success in my personal
and professional life.
Though I am no longer actively training in martial arts, the discipline and determination that was
engrained in me from training under Shihan Eric has transcended the test of time. I could not be more
grateful to have met these two and to have received the gift of their tutelage. Learning kenpo gave me
the confidence and life skills I needed to be successful. It was crucial to my development as an
adolescent and has been a core part of my identity ever since.
"I trained at the school for over 10 years, and truly believe that studying martial arts is one of
the most valuable experiences a young person can have."
Graduated from Elon University’s School of Communications 2016
Majored in Strategic Communication
Minored in History and Political Science
Working at APCO Worldwide, a leading communications and public affairs firm
As an undergrad, led Elon Student Television’s sports debate show, One on One Sports. Organized and produced
the show’s live coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Completed four internships during college (New England Patriots marketing, Covidien government affairs, Clean
Harbors marketing, Capstrat public affairs).
Studied abroad in England, Germany, and Italy through Elon’s winter term programs.
I trained at the school for over 10 years, and truly believe that studying martial arts is one of the most
valuable experiences a young person can have.
It goes without saying that Karate teaches students self-defense, but my years of training at Satori Ryu
far exceeded that. Sensei Eric constantly inspired his students to be their very best, and instilled
important values such as the principles of conduct. Effort, equate, sincerity, self-control, character are
five pillars every person can and should apply to his or her life.
I also made countless friendships and lasting memories during my time with the school. One of my
proudest moments came when I finally achieved my goal of earning a black belt after many years of
hard work. The self-confidence and work ethic I gained through my experiences with Satori Ryu reached
well beyond the dojo, impacting every aspect of life.
Karate played a huge role in my development as a person, and helped shape me into who I am today.
"My training has allowed me to become more focused and organized. It has given me the
ability to assess any given situation and think critically "
Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in Computing Security
dual Bachelors and Masters while at RIT
worked as an employee at MITRE
intern under the AFCEA scholarship
completed high school at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science
member of the National Honor Society.
I am currently a sophomore at Rochester Institute of Technology and will be majoring in Computing
Security. I will be getting a dual Bachelors and Masters while at RIT. For the last three summers, I have
worked as an employee at MITRE. I initially joined the company as an intern under the AFCEA
scholarship the summer after I graduated from high school. I completed high school at the
Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science as a member of the National Honor Society.
It has been my privilege to train with Shihan Eric for over 10 years. I have truly learned a lot from my
training in the martial arts that continues to help me in all aspects of life. The patience, discipline, and
drive I acquired has been essential as a student especially now as an undergraduate student. My
training has allowed me to become more focused and organized. It has given me the ability to assess any
given situation and think critically before deciding the best course of action. Through karate, I have
gained the strength and confidence to take a leadership role at school as the President of one of our
cultural clubs. The physical training I received not only taught me key self-defense skills, but has given
me an active outlet to relieve stress and stay healthy. In short, my training in the martial arts has been
key in helping me mature into a driven and capable individual and I am sure it will continue to shape me
as I move forward.
"I believe that nothing has had a greater impact on my life than my martial arts training."
Graduate: Rhode Island College
Yondan (4th degree Black Belt)
Shodan (first degree) in Kumi Uchi Jiujitsu
Undefeated in HFA Full Contact Karate
licensed massage therapist
I began training with Eric Kearns in 1995 at age 4. As a youth tournament competitor, I have won many
titles and have worked my way up the ranks. I received my Junior Black Belt in the art of Kensho-Ryu in
2003. Despite transferring to the dojo of Grandmaster Mark Sheeley along with My mother Linda Lane, I
have kept a relationship with my former teachers and continued to train in the style of Hybrid Fighting
Arts overseen by Shihan Eric Kearns at Satori-Ryu. I have represented both Kensho-Ryu and Satori-Ryu
as a HFA Full Contact Karate competitor. As an adult, I have fought in over 30 competitive matches and
remain undefeated. I presently hold the title of Yondan (4th degree) in the art of Kensho-Ryu, a Shodan
(first degree) in Kumi Uchi Jiujitsu, and a Krane rated competitor. I am also employed as a lead instructor
at Kensho-Ryu Karate Cumberland; also a licensed massage therapist, running my practice from the
KSR dojo. I believe that nothing has had a greater impact on my life than my martial arts training.
|Jacqueline “ Jax” Davis
"From the time I started Karate when I was three years old, Sensei Eric was teaching me
lessons that would carry far beyond the Karate school."
Graduated: Walpole High 2016
Member National Honor society
Currently Attending Stonehill College
My special educator for the National Honor Society awards is Mr. Eric Kearns. One of the first things
you learns when starting Karate are the “Principles of Conduct,” which define how a good student
should behave. The eight principles are effort, etiquette, sincerity, character, self control, honor, and
loyalty. From the time I started Karate when I was three years old, Sensei Eric was teaching me
lessons that would carry far beyond the Karate school. Sensei Eric, thank you for instilling a passion
in me for hard work, for reminding me to be respectful, for setting an example for honesty, for
fostering patience, and encouraging individuality. But most importantly thank you for always
supporting me all the way from white belt to Black Belt.
|Shihan Linda Lane
"I am so grateful to have found such passionate and caring instructors from day one of my
martial arts journey."
Owner / Head Instructor Kensho Ryu of Cumberland R.I.
Earned the title of Sensei (teacher) 2001
Earned rank of Godan (5th degree black belt) 2014
Earned title of Shihan (master instructor) 2014
I began training with Shihan (Master) Eric Kearns in 1994 when she joined Nick Cerio’s Kenpo in
Plainville, MA. She later followed Shihan Kearns to his own dojo which became Kensho-Ryu Walpole.
Shihan Kearns, she was encouraged to seek training from Grandmaster Mark Sheeley the founder of
Kensho-Ryu in 2003.
Lane took ownership of the Kensho-Ryu Karate Cumberland RI school in 2005. She received the
rank of Godan (5th degree black belt) and the title of Shihan (master instructor) from Grandmaster
Mark Sheeley in 2014. She also earned the rank of Shodan in Kumi Uchi Jiujitsu from Professor David
Lindsay in 2015.
Lane continues to train with both GM Sheeley and Prof Lindsay. She continues to offer traditional
training in kenpo, kabudo, and jiujitsu at her own dojo, Kensho-Ryu Karate Cumberland
From Linda Lane (Shihan): “I am so grateful to have found such passionate and caring instructors
from day one of my martial arts journey. This solid foundation of knowledge and work ethic is what I
base my own teaching style upon. Shihan Eric Kearns continues to be a trusted colleague for me in
the martial arts; I recommend his school to everyone looking for training within his area. He was a
wonderful instructor for both myself and my son."
THIS IS WHAT OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OUR SCHOOL :
|KENPO / KARATE / JU JITSU
|"The Path To Understanding."
|Satori Ryu Karate is located right off Interstate 95 at
480 Neponset Street * Canton, MA 02021 / Phone 781-713-4680