Shihan, Sean Kennedy aka “Sensei Sean” is a fluid and gracious mentor who teaches from the heart.  He has followed martial arts as a lifelong path for over 40 years and has been training Budo Taijutsu since 1995.

As head instructor of Budo Mountain Family Martial Arts, he shares his understanding of the authentic arts of Japan’s ancient warrior lineage combined with his lessons from a life lived fully and closely with the earth.  He holds a Master Instructor level 10th Degree Black Belt in Budo Taijutsu and also holds black belt ranking in Tae Kwon Do and Chinese Kenpo Karate.

Because of his extensive experience, he also offers private instruction for head instructors of several other martial arts schools in our area.  See some of their testimonials here!

Sensei Sean loves to teach and has dedicated his life to sharing with his students.  He currently lead teaches each and every class at Budo Mountain Family Martial Arts.  His specialty is tailoring the training to fit individual students’ needs, while helping to make connections and build community.

 

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Sandan, Nesta Kennedy aka “Sensei Nesta” is a third degree black belt in Budo Taijutsu and a certified personal trainer.  She is a lifelong student of yoga and fitness and has been training in the Bujinkan since 2008.  Her greatest feat is mothering her two outstanding girls, ages 12 and 5.  She is an avid cheerleader for martial arts education and healthy living for kids and parents.

In addition to her background in body movement, she has extensively studied children’s education and women’s sociology.  She co-developed the Women’s Empowerment and Ninja Kids Club programs with Shihan Kennedy.  She currently helps run the Black Belt Track, Women’s Classes and Instructor Training Program.

Guest Instructors

Joining our women’s self defense instruction team in the fall of 2016:

Beth Stuart beth-stuart-headshot

Beth R. Stewart is a fifth degree black belt and Chief Instructor in the Southeastern Kenpo Karate Jujitsu Association under the direction of Professor Gary Brummer of Jackson TN. Chief Stewart is the head instructor of the Asheville chapter of the Southeastern Kenpo Karate Jujitsu Association. She has over 16 years of martial arts experience that includes Kenpo Karate, Jujitsu, Kali, and Okinawan Bo. By day, Chief Stewart is the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

 

 

Steve Ledford

(Bio on his school’s page)