Staff

Tashi Frank (4th Degree Black Belt)

Frank Manzelli is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt and has over 25 years of martial arts experience. Frank opened his studio back in 1992 and has continued to service the Waltham, Watertown, and Belmont area with the finest in Martial Arts Instruction. Tashi Frank is involved with all classes and age groups from white belt to black belt. He takes a interest in the personal development of each and every student. Tashi Frank is a Three Time National Champion in Forms & Fighting in the NBL (National Black Belt League). A Two Time National Champion Forms & Fighting in NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association). Tashi Frank is also a World Champion in 1995 & 1997 Forms & amp; Fighting in the WKF (World Kempo Federation). He brings this experience and winning attitude into his classes, as he encourages all of his students to be the best they can be.

Joe Maffei (M.M.A Instructor)

Joe Maffei holds a black belt in judo and black sashes in Chinese kung-fu and tai-chi. With over 30 years of martial art experience, he is a full instructor in Jeet Kune Do concepts and the Filipino arts. An exceptional athlete, young Joe was recognized for being his school’s “all-around gymnast,” was running back and co-captain of his football team, and was a five-time U.S. free-skating champion. Today, in addition to being an instructor of these arts, he is fully certified and trained in combat knife fighting and Rapid Assault Tactics, the military system of hand-to-hand combat taught directly to the navy’s anti-terrorist unit SEAL Team Six.

In 1995 a friend who was a tactics instructor for the U.S. special forces asked him if he would work on a special project combining ground fighting with edged weapons. Joe developed a system that would emphasize adaptability, offer simple solutions. In 1995, he was contracted by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), no-holds-barred cage fighting event, to be an expert witness in a nine-day trial in Rhode Island superior court. His testimony supported the UFC’s position that Ultimate Fighting was a sport in and of itself, distinct from kickboxing, collegiate wrestling, and other sports that had to be licensed by the state athletic committee. That same year he was hired as the martial arts color commentator for the World Vale-Tudo Championship, a similar event held in Tokyo. He is now a certified instructor and trainer for the International Fighting Championships (IFC), and has coached his students to two world championship titles in no-holds-barred cage fighting. In addition, he has trained members of state and local law enforcement, as well as U.S. special forces, FBI, DEA, ATF, and other organizations.

Chuck Bonica (Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach)

Chuck Bonica is a native of Waltham, MA. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of strength and conditioning training. Chuck has two degrees in Exercise Science from Ohio State University. He is considered one of the leading fitness trainers in the country, according to Ohio State Alumni Magazine. Chuck is a former NFL player and former strength and conditioning coach at Ohio State and Boston College. Chuck is very skilled at helping athletes and non athletes alike achieve their fitness goals.

Sensei Amanda (2nd Degree Black Belt)

Amanda is a second degree black belt that has been involved in the Tokyo Joe’s System for thirteen years. Amanda began taking karate because it helped her with other sports. Karate has also helped her focus and have more discipline to study in college and make better decisions in life. Sensei Amanda has been an instructor for nine years and began teaching because she loves helping others achieve their goals. She also likes to help others find confidence within themselves that they never new they had. Sensei Amanda is also a proud parent of two children and she enjoys practicing karate with them.

Sensei Anastasia (2nd Degree Black Belt)

Anastasia is a Senior at Belmont High School. She moved to the United States about 7 or 8 years ago from Uzbekistan. Sensei Anastasia loves sports especially skiing, karate, soccer,cross country and ice skating. Anastasia finished 4 years of music school where she learned to play the piano. She enjoys hanging out with friends and learning new things. She has taken karate for about 6 years and has found that she enjoys martial arts more than other sports.

Sensei Tony (1st Degree Black Belt)

Tony first started karate at the age of four. He continued for a two years and then decided to take a break to try out other activities. He tried out soccer, basketball, swimming, ice skating, and football, as well as playing the piano. He eventually rejoined karate after realizing how much he enjoyed it and how beneficial it was to his future. Karate is a wonderful way to workout and keep fit, as well as to learn how to defend yourself. It also teaches life values such as self-discipline and courtesy. These are just some of the many reasons why he rejoined and continues to go on with his education in the martial arts.