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Chief Instructor Steve Cianelli, Sensei

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Cianelli, Sensei began his martial arts training in 1988 while attending Temple University in Shotokan Karate under Teruyuki Okazaki, Sensei (1988-1989).  Then in 1992 he began his study of USA GoJu under Sensei's John Austino Sr.  & Jr. and has attained the rank of 6th degree.   In 2017 he began studying under Luis Morales, Hanshi of KenshiKai Okinawan GoJu Ryu Karate Jutsu Kobu-Jutsu Association. In 2019 he was officially accepted as a student and Branch Dojo of NA KENSHI KAI.  

In October of 2018 Cianelli, Sensei traveled to Okinawa to participate in the Seiryukan Kokusai Budo Rengokai held in Okinawa City, Okinawa. Training over 5 days was held at the Okinawa Koza Athletic Park Budokan沖縄市コザ運動公園 武道館 and the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Naha, Tomigusuku City.  Instrcutions was provided by Takashi Kinjou, Sensei and Masami Kinjou, Sensei / Masanori Zaha / Keisyun Kakinohana, Sensei and Tetsuhiro Hokama and Shigemitsu Tamae, Sensei.  Mr. Cianelli was also accepted as a member of the Seiryukan Kokusai Budo Rengokai and presented with a certificate of membership (#0011).

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. 

Cianelli, Sensei 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 a Program Manager for a New Jersey A&E Firm where he directs the efforts of multi disciplined engineering projects for various power utilities throughout the country. 

 

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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 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 eight trips to Taiwan, R.O.C , Japan in 2014 and South Korea in 2019.  

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.    In November 2017 he was awarded the title of Tai Shih (Master) in Taiwan Hung System White Crane Chi Kung.

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 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 Ryu.   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 and is also a "B" Level Referee.

 

Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills, Sho Dan

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Sensei Gardenhire-Mills began her training in martial arts in 1991 in Shotokan and Tae Kwon Do while attending Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College).   In 2011 she began training in Goju Ryu at Tsuru Ki Martial Arts under Cianelli, Sensei.   She has studied consistently under Cianelli Sensei and in March 2019 was promoted to Sho Dan.   She is a member of the United Martial Arts Referees Association functioning in the capacity of a “B” Level Referee.

Professionally, Ms. Gardenhire-Mills is a community relations, program management, and professional development leader with extensive experience in government, nonprofit, and private industry roles. She currently serves as Director of Compliance & Engagement for Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC), one of the top ten U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) small business “mission-based” lending organizations in the United States. Prior to that, she served as one of 14 federal liaisons for the White House Promise Zone Initiative under the Obama and Trump Administrations. In addition to her leadership roles in non-profit organizations and the insurance industry, Ms. Gardenhire-Mills worked directly and as a subcontractor for several federal, state and local government administrations, and she was appointed to serve on two national and three state task forces. She received presidential recognition of her work in 2000 and 2010, and was named 2016 “Women’s Advocate of the Year” by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) South Jersey Chapter. Ms. Gardenhire-Mills graduated first in her class and received two academic achievement awards when she earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Honors with concentrations in Pre-Law/Constitutional Law and Women’s Studies from Rowan University in 1992. She continued her learning by completing numerous career-related certificate programs, and she finally fulfilled a personal promise when she earned her Master of Science in Executive Leadership from Champlain College in 2017.

 

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.

 

Harman Ransi, Sho Dan

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Sensei Ransi  began training in GoJu Ryu in 2012.  He has studied consistently under Cianelli Sensei and in March 2019 was promoted to Sho Dan.  Sensei Ransi is an active Top Competitor and Triple Crown Winner in the Untied Martial Arts Referees Association League and is a "B" level referee.   Mr. Ransi is a student at Rowen University studying computer science.

 

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.

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