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.
Aaron is a 3rd degree black belt and has been practicing Tang Soo Do since he was 5 years old. He achieved his 1st degree black belt at 10 and began teaching youth classes at Bodyworx while attending York High School. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, he continued his martial arts training while living in Wisconsin for several years, though he missed California and his Bodyworx family. Aaron recently moved back to Monterey after living in the Netherlands for two years. He currently works in IT at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and spends his free time on the mat, on his bike, or in the outdoors. Aaron continues to assist with the Tang Soo Do classes and is excited to share his passion for the art with a new generation of students.
Brandon Huelga has trained at Bodyworx for 16 years, since he was 6 years old. He most recently achieved 3rd degree black belt in 2017, and has regularly taught classes since 2011 when he is in town. Although he mainly trains Tang Soo Do, Brandon has also practiced Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing. His favorite aspect of TSD are forms, and he has dedicated himself to perfecting as many of his forms as he can.
Outside of martial arts, Brandon graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science in 2018, and is interested in artificial intelligence technology. An avid drummer, skier, weightlifter, and animal-enthusiast, Brandon keeps himself busy when he is not training or teaching at Bodyworx.
Josh Lucas was born and raised in Monterey County. He graduated from Marina High School in 2010 and is a student at Monterey Peninsula College. He has a 1st degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. He started taking classes at Bodyworx in January of 2002, when he was 9 years old. He's been teaching those same classes for the past 3 years. Something about him that always surprises people, in addition to having a black belt, is that he is on the Autism Spectrum. Specifically, he has a disorder on that spectrum called aspergers syndrome. Most people with psychological or physical impairments hear a lot of "you can't do this" or "you'll probably never do that" and etc. He definitely heard that kind of stuff throughout his life...but, instead of letting it bring him down, he kept testing his limits and never stopped being driven or ambitious. When he finally got his black belt and all his hard work paid off, he realized that he could do anything.
At the age of 14 years old, Max started his path through Martial Arts studying Kimura Karate, eventually obtaining the green belt in Germany. Later on, he discovered the Olympic sport of boxing and pursued it for 5 years before he was asked to coach beginner and advanced classes at a Martial Arts center, Randori Sport Pro, in Berlin, Germany. Boxing has changed his lifestyle and will change yours.
Years in Martial Arts: 9
Teaching since: 2016