Sah Bum Nim Kathy Caraccioli
Kathy has trained in Martial Arts (primarily in Tang So Do) for over 30 years. She holds a 3rd degree Black Belt and is also the owner of Body Worx Martial Arts. She also enjoys teaching children (4 to 7 years), being a support for older youth, and being a part of the confidence building process her students learn through Martial Arts.
Kathy is one of the lead kickboxing and adult karate instructors and promotes a healthy and improved lifestyle through nutrition, exercise, and goal setting. She believes empowerment is our best self defense! Outside of Martial Arts, Kathy is a mom of 3 adult children and a grandmother of 2 boys. She also loves to compete in power lifting and takes pride in her dead lift. She looks forward to seeing you on the mat!
Sah Bum Nim Nick Napoli
SBN Nick has been training in Tang Soo Do for 28 years and is an exceptional martial artist. He has been assisting teaching and teaching for over 24 years. He is currently training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Black Belts: Tang Soo Do - 3rd Dan
Years in Martial Arts: 19 Years
Teaching Since: 1991
Al Shoats Jr.
Sensei Shoats holds the Judo rank of Yodan (fourth degree black belt) and has been coaching Judo to all ages for over 18 years; since 1999. He began training in Judo at six years old and enjoyed a long and successful competition career, eventually becoming a California State Judo Champion and went on to train and compete in college at San Jose State University.
Sensei Shoats has trained with and learned from Judo World Champions and Olympians. A very approachable, accessible, and engaged instructor with nearly 40 years in Judo.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt 3rd Degree
1984 – Began training Martial Arts: Kenpo Karate, Kickboxing, Capoeira, and J.K.D.
1992 – Started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
2004 – Received Black Belt from Master Claudio Françain and Grandmaster Francisco Mansur, started the Zeus BJJ program at Body Worx.
Extensive Tournament Experience
Black Belt Titles:
• 3x Champion at I.B.J.J.F. Master International Championship in Rio De Janeiro
• 7x Gold Medalist at I.B.J.J.F. Pan Am Championship
• 7x Gold Medalist at U.S. Open (BJJ Tours)
• 3x Gold Medalist at American Cup (BJJ Tours)
• 5x Winner at North American Grappling Association (N.A.G.A.)
Outside of teaching, Coach Thomas enjoys spending time studying and talking about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.