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Grandmaster H. Victor "Sonny" Gascon
Grandmaster Joe Blacquerra
Senior Grandmaster S. George Pesare
Student of Grandmaster Victor Gascon and Grandmaster Joe Blacquerra; founder of Kempo Karate in New England; instructing students for 52 years.
Grandmaster Roger C. Carpenter
10th Degree Black Belt and senior student of Senior Grandmaster George Pesare; the highest ranking student and First Knight of the Kaito Gakko. The first Kenpo/Kempo Black Belt in New England.
Grandmaster Herb J. Paquette
10th degree Black Belt and 3rd Knight of the Institute; his quality of teaching is only offset by his fierce regard for quality Kenpo fighters. Mr. Paquette is an excellent instructor of all ages, and in the realistic world of self defense. He retired in May 2009 as Chief of Police on the East Providence Police Department, and is a training officer in firearms and other certified programs. Designated heir to SGM Pesare's Kaito Gakko.
Grandmaster Donna Vinbury
10th Degree Black Belt and student of Senior Grandmaster George Pesare; holds the highest female Kenpo/Kempo practitioner rank in the world; administrator and Second Knight of the Kaito Gakko.
Linda J. Herzog
Linda (left) 9th Degree Black Belt and first female Black Belt of the Kaito Gakko, passing the 3-day test in August, 1977. Ms. Herzog is retired from the U.S. Secret Service.