Charles Quimby is Executive Director and Chief Instructor of Authentic Karate Training Center, which he founded in 2010. He began studying karate at the age of twelve and currently holds the rank of Nanadan (7th degree black belt) in Okinawan Uechi-Ryu Karate.
Sensei Quimby’s passion and enthusiasm as both a practitioner and teacher were evident early in his career. In 1999 at the age of 26, he was awarded the Title of Shihan (Master Instructor) by the Okinawan Karate-Do Association – one of the youngest instructors ever awarded the title in the organization’s history. The following year he was invited to serve as an Okikukai U.S. Examination Board Member, where he continues to play an active role. In 2015, after nearly three decades of study, Sensei Quimby was award the title of Kyoshi (professor), by the venerated Grandmaster, Tsutomu Nakahodo, 10th degree black belt and Director of the Okikukai.
A highly decorated competitor, Sensei Quimby has competed both nationally and internationally from an early age. In November 2015 he fulfilled a childhood dream by competing in Japan’s prestigious, All-Okinawan Karate Championships, where he earned the unique distinction of being the only American to ever win first place in the tournament’s kata division.
Prior to becoming a professional martial artist, Charles worked as a consumer behavior analyst for the Neilsen Company, where he analyzed, designed and evaluated strategic-based marketing initiatives utilizing consumer panel information for some of the countries largest consumer packaged goods retailers.
Charles holds a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University, where he was a Hoff Scholarship recipient and honors graduate.
*Sensei Quimby featured in local newspaper (Peabody Weekly News 01-14-2016)
Andrew O’Brien has been a student and teacher of the martial arts for many years, beginning his training in 1998. He has studied in a variety of arts including Tang Soo Do (4th Degree Black Belt), Krav Maga, and Judo. Andrew has had a very successful competitive career, placing in many tournaments, including taking first in forms in the black belt men’s division at the American Tang Soo Do
Mr. O’Brien has taught Tang Soo Do classes for nine years, as well as for programs at YMCAs, local schools, and Gordon College’s physical education program. After seventeen years of training in Tang Soo Do, Andrew saw a video of Sensei Quimby performing kata, which ultimately led him to explore Uechi Ryu Karate and begin his training here at AKTC last winter. Andrew’s shown a passion for teaching others and is excited about getting involved in the Children’s program, in addition to the Adult’s classes.
Mr. O’Brien graduated from Gordon College in 2013 with a degree in English, and has taught English Language and Literature courses for organizations like New Hope and Orchard Community Classes in Danvers. Andrew’s non-martial interests include reading and writing.
Melissa Palladino has been training in Uechi-Ryu karate since January 2006, and attained the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in November of 2016. She was honored to receive the title of Shidoin (Apprentice Instructor) from Sensei Quimby in 2015 for her exceptional achievements in Okinawan Karate, after assisting for 2.5 years in the adult program. As a sempai and instructor for the adult beginners/intermediate class, Melissa has excellent rapport with the students, and uses multiple teaching modalities to help teach the finer points of a lesson. As a practitioner, Melissa is both adventuresome and scholarly–attending outside camps, seminars and trainings to her practice. These include Feeding Crane kung fu, kobudo (traditional Okinawan weapons), Modern Arnis, and training to officiate karate tournaments. Additionally, Melissa has trained in Gracie Jiu Jitsu since 2014 and is working toward her blue belt. On (and off) the mat, she is dedicated and intense, and puts long hours into her martial arts in order to excel.
When she’s not wearing her gi, Melissa works full-time at Eliza Corporation in Beverly MA as Manager of Health Engagement Solution Design and Architecture. She lives with her family in Rockport, MA.