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Chief Instructor Master Steve Cianelli

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Master Cianelli began his martial arts training in 1988 while attending Temple University in Shotokan Karate under Master Teruyuki Okazaki (1988-1989).  Then in 1992 he began his study of USA GoJu under Masters John Austino Sr.  & Jr. and has attained the rank of 5th degree in USA GoJu.   In 2017 he began studying under Luis Morales, Hanshi of KenshiKai Okinawan GoJu Ryu Karate Jutsu Kobu-Jutsu Association.

Master Cianelli is a graduate of Temple University School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He has been involved in design of power plants and substations and is presently he is a Program Manager for Altran Solutions where he directs the efforts of multi disciplined engineering projects for various power utilities throughout the country.  

He is a  member of the United Martial Arts Referees Association where he has been elected to the position of Recording Secretary and a n Executive Board member of the Tiger Family Iaido Association.  He is  a certified UMARA Class “A” Referee.  He is an active competitor and has been recognized as one of the outstanding martial arts competitors in U.M.A.R.A. for Forms, Weapons and Sparring 1996 to Present.   


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In addition, he is an long time student of White Crane Chi Kung and Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.  Sifu Cianelli has studied directly under the Grandmaster S. L. Martin and Master Judie Martin since 1996.   In 2010 he began studying Invincible White Crane under Master Judie Martin.  Sifu Cianelli is an assistant instructor at the Green Dragon headquarters school and member of the Green Dragon Demo Team and prestigious Green Dragon Chinese Martial Arts School International Exhibition Team.   He has accompanied Grandmaster S. L. Martin on six trips to Taiwan, R.O.C and Japan in 2014.  

In November 2007, he was promoted to Black Sash in the White Crane Chi Kung System of Taiwan, Republic of China, under the direction of Grandmaster S. L. Martin. 

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Bianca Cianelli, Sho Dan

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Ms. Cianelli has been involved in the martial arts since November 2000, when she began her training in the style of GoJu Ryu under Master John Austino Jr. at Austino's Karate.  She has been a top rated competitor in UMARA in weapons, forms and sparing.  In 2011 her training shifted under direct instruction of Master Stefano Cianelli when the Tsuru Ki school was opened.  In 2011 she attained the Junior instructor level and assisted her father in teaching.  She is also a student of Chi Kung White Crane under her father.

She is a member of the prestigious Green Dragon Chinese Martial Arts School International Exhibition Team.   She has accompanied Grandmaster S. L. Martin on six trips to Taiwan, R.O.C. since 2004 and Japan in 2014.

In June of 2014 she achieved the rank of Sho Dan, 1st Degree Black Belt.


Mike Sian, Ni Dan (Spectrum Fitness, Minot ND)

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 Mr. Sian began his karate training Kenpo Karate in 1984, at age 11, training under Master Sung Hwan Cho, eventually earning a 3rd Dan in 2007. From 1993 – 1995, he studied North American Tae Kwon Do under Sensei Tom Ziedlik while stationed in Grand Forks, ND, earning his 1st Dan. In 2003 he began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, attaining the rank of purple belt in 2010 under Professor Gianni Bertazzon. Mr. Sian was promoted to the rank of Ni Dan, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate under Master Stefano Cianelli in May 2016.

Mr. Sian is a 23 year veteran of active duty service with the Army and Air Force. He has served as a Military Policemen, Security Forces member, and Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He is a certified Advanced Military/Law Enforcement Krav Maga Instructor with Krav Maga Worldwide, an Intercept – Stabilize –Resolve (ISR) Field Instructor (ISR Matrix), and holds a basic certification in Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT TM). He is the former Krav Maga hand to hand combat instructor for the AFOSI Anti-terrorism Specialty Team, San Antonio, TX.

Mr. Sian has instructed Federal/State/Local Law Enforcement Seminars, AF Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel, AF Emergency Services Teams, AF Special Response Teams and has taught in both the U.S. and overseas (during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan).


Mr. Sian has extensive experience in Protective Service Operations. He has also worked on the protective service details for multiple four star generals and foreign dignitaries in Europe, Afghanistan and Iraq.  He is an Intercept-Stabilize-Resolve (ISR) Field Instructor, certified Advanced Military/Law Enforcement Krav Maga Instructor with Krav Maga Worldwide, and holds a basic certification in Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT TM).

Mr. Sian has taught defensive tactics to multiple law enforcement agencies (local, state and federal) in Georgia, Texas, North Dakota, California, and Italy. In addition, he was a senior defensive tactics instructor for the Office of Special Investigations Antiterrorism Specialty Team from 2003-2006, teaching hand to hand combat to Special Agents deploying in support of high intensity, austere environment combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa theaters of operations.

 Lisa Peterson, Ni Dan

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Sensei Peterson began training in Shorin Ryu Shorinkan in 1988, Okinawan Karate Institute, Totowa, NJ.  She remained a student of Kyoshi Robert B. Herten until 2008, she earned the rank of Yondan.  Kyoshi Herten was student of Hanshi Shuguro Nakazato Shorin Ryu Shorinkan- Naha, Okinawa) during his time in the Air force until the early 1990s, then later a student Hanshi Seikichi Iha (Shorin Ryu Shidokan - Lansing MI). 

 In 2013 she became a student of AJ LaForte and Rob McFee at the Fredericton Karate Dojo.  These gentlemen are students of Hanshi Ken Tallack (Meitoku-ha Goju Ryu – Ontario, Canada) and Renshi Greg McKenna (Okinawan Goju Ryu - PEI, Canada).  She had the honor to train at Fredericton Karate Dojo for about a year before returning to New Jersey.  Upon relocating to the Mount Laurel NJ area she became a student of Cianelli, Sensei of Tsuru Ki.  She continues her martial arts studies in GoJu.   In April 2018 she was promoted to Ni Dan by Cianelli, Sensei.


 Michael DiTaranto, Sho Dan

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Sensei DiTaranto  began training in GoJu Ryu in 2012.  He has studied consistently under Cianelli Sensei and in April 2018 was promoted to Sho Dan.  Sensei DiTaranto is an active Top Competitor in the Untied Martial Arts Referees Association League.



Master John Austino Sr.

Master John Austino Sr. was born in 1947 in Vineland, New Jersey.  He began his karate training in 1979 under Master Ric Pascetta. He also trained under Phil Maldonato and Grand Master Peter Urban. He trained with Grand Master Urban until his death in 2004.  In 1982 he opened his first karate school in Williamstown, New Jersey. He produced top rated students who competed both locally and nationally.  Master Austino competed both nationally and internationally as well. From 1985 to 1988 Sensei Austino was a dominate force in the United Martial Arts Referees Association Senior’s Division where he won Senior Division championships in 1987 and 1988.   From 1983 to 1989 Sensei Austino was a licensed Professional Boxing Manager and a licensed corner person. He also was a boxing sparring partner for middleweight Jamming Johnny Miller.  From 1994 to 1995 he was the U.M.A.R.A. New Jersey Director.  During that time he served as the rules committee chairman, and served on the committee for certification of center referees.


In 2006 he received his instructor’s certification in the Monadnock Defensive Tactics System from the Monadnock Police Training Council. During that time he assisted Master john Austion, Jr. in training New Jersey Public school security forces in that system. He attended the Academy Of Enforcement Agents and was certified under Pennsylvania’s Lethal Weapons Training Act. He also became certified in CDT, Non Deadly Force Techniques, Level One.


Master John R. Austino, Jr.,

Master John R. Austino, Jr., was born in 1965 in Bridgeton, NJ. He began his karate training in 1982 and has trained under Masters John Austino, Sr., Phil Maldonato, Ric Pascetta, and Maestro Peter Urban, under whom he received his black belt certification.  Master Austino is a police officer for the State of New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).   He started his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Vineland, NJ Police Department.  He is a Defensive Tactics Instructor.  In 1995 he was instrumental in developing a Defensive Tactics program for the Vineland Police Department and Police Academy.  In 1995 he completed SWAT I and II level training with the Los Angeles Police Department.  From 1995 to 2000 he was a member of the Vineland SWAT Team.  In 1998 he received certification in GRAPLE - Gracie Resisting Attack Procedures for law Enforcement under direct instruction of Royce Gracie. From 1995 to 2003 he has certified over 500 police recruits in Defensive Tactics, Handcuffing and Baton training.  In 2003 he transferred to the State of New Jersey Human Services Police Department and in 2005 helped to develop a Defensive Tactics program for the State of New Jersey Human Services Police Department.  




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