Jun Shihan Karen Kells-Pamfilis
6th Degree Black Belt
Chief Instructor and General Manager
Jun Shihan Karen has been training in Seido karate since 1984. She has a Masters in Religious Education from St. Mary’s and a Bachelors in Communication Arts from College of Notre Dame.
Kyoshi Tom Culbertson
5th Degree Black Belt
Kyoshi Tom started his Karate training in 1980 and attained the rank of 1st kyu. After an extended break from training he returned in 1991 and received his Shodan Blackbelt (1st degree) in the Bushi-Shin style of traditional Japanese Karate. Moving to the Seido style of Karate in 2000 he has now attained the level of Kyoshi, senior teacher. Kyoshi Tom’s profession is a landscape contractor. Working with his wife Jennifer, together they have run a local landscaping company for the past 20 years.
Sensei Eric Luebehusen
4th Degree Black Belt
Sensei Eric grew up in Baltimore, MD and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology from Penn State University. He began his karate training in 1993 in the Bushi-Shin style of Japanese Karate, an offshoot of Seido, where he attained Shodan Rank. He joined Sensei Tom in moving to the Seido style of Karate in 2000, and has since promoted to Yondan (Sensei). Sensei Eric does much of his martial arts training during his lunch break at the fitness center at his work, the USDA in Washington, DC, where he is joined by Kyoshi Helen Malin (from Australia) and Senpai Brian Morris (Herndon, VA). Eric works as a meteorologist for the USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board assessing weather impacts on crops on a global scale. He is married and has two young boys who keep him very, very busy!
Sensei David McManus
4th Degree Black Belt
All-ages Instructor – Sensei David has been training in Seido Karate since 2000 and teaching since 2005. Due to frequent travel to locations where there are no Seido dojos, Sensei David has trained in a number of other styles including boxing, Krav Maga, Tae Kwon Do, and MMA.
He is a Baltimore native and graduate of Loyola Blakefield in 2006 and Loyola University of New Orleans in 2010. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Languages and Religious Studies. Sensei David has spent time in 8 foreign countries, including Egypt until the revolution forced his return!