Instructor Master Steve Cianelli
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
Austino Sr. & Jr. and has attained the
rank of 5th degree in USA GoJu.
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.
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
Arts School International Exhibition Team.
He has accompanied Grandmaster S. L. Martin on six trips to Taiwan,
R.O.C and Japan in 2014.
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.
Tsuru Ki Black Belts
Cianelli, Sho Dan
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.
is a member of the prestigious Green Dragon Chinese Martial
Arts School International Exhibition Team.
has accompanied Grandmaster S. L. Martin on six trips to Taiwan, R.O.C. since
2004 and Japan in 2014.
June of 2014 she achieved the rank of Sho Dan, 1st Degree Black Belt.
Ni Dan (Spectrum
Fitness, Minot ND)
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
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).
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
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
Lisa Peterson, Ni Dan
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).
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
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
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.
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.
||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.