Instructors

Kenneth Van Vleck

Kenneth Van Vleck, Sensei & Head Instructor

Mr. Van Vleck began with Stanford Associated Martial Arts (SAMA) in 1987. He is now recognized by the Stanford Kenpo Karate Association as a sixth degree black belt. His rank is also certified by the American Teachers Assication of the Martial Arts (ATAMA).

Barbara Minneti

Barbara Minneti, O-Sensei

Ms. Minneti, an eighth degree black belt, has been studying Kenpo Karate since 1969. Her rank in Aiki Ju-jitsu and Kenpo are recognized by the United States National Karate Association (USNKA) and ATAMA.

Tom Shem

Tom Shem, Master Instructor

Mr. Shem, a sixth degree black belt, has been studying martial arts since 1974. In addition to Kenpo Karate, he has studied Judo, Jujitsu, and kick-boxing. He is also a member of USNKA and ATAMA.

Gregory Stein

Gregory Stein, Senior Instructor

Mr. Stein, a fourth degree black belt, started with Stanford Kenpo as a freshman in 1987. Since then, he has also studied Jujitsu, Tai Chi Chuan, Tang Soo Do, Muay Thai, and Eskrima.

Robert Neivert

Robert Neivert, Senior Instructor

Mr. Neivert started with Stanford Kenpo as a junior in 1990 and was awarded his black belt in 2001. Mr. Neivert is a fourth degree black belt.

David Trowbridge

David Trowbridge, Senior Instructor

Mr. Trowbridge began studying American Kenpo in Colorado in 1996. He joined Stanford Kenpo in 2008, and is currently a fourth degree black belt.

Wade Gupta

Wade Gupta, Senior Instructor

After initially exploring Kenpo in Southern CA, Mr. Gupta began studying in earnest as an undergraduate at Stanford in 1999. He earned his black belt in 2009 and is now ranked as a third degree black belt.

Paula Gedraitis

Paula Gedraitis, Associate Instructor

Ms. Gedraitis started with Stanford Kenpo as a graduate student in 1993. Prior to Kenpo, she also briefly studied Judo. She was awarded her black belt in 2001.

Jay Littlefield

Jay Littlefield, Associate Instructor

Mr. Littlefield started with Stanford Kenpo as a graduate student in the spring of 1994. He was awarded his black belt in 2006.

Rob Boyle

Rob Boyle, Associate Instructor

Mr. Boyle began studying with Stanford Kenpo as an undergraduate in 2002. In addition to Kenpo, he has also dabbled in Tae Kwon Do and American Boxing. SKKA recognized him as a black belt in 2010.

Vanessa Baker

Vanessa Baker, Associate Instructor

Ms. Baker began practicing with Stanford Kenpo shortly after her graduation from Stanford in 2005. She earned her black belt with great enthusiasm in January, 2013.

Louise La Fosse

Louise La Fosse, Associate Instructor

Ms. La Fosse began her study of Kenpo Karate in 1967. She earned the rank of Black Belt in 1972 and is recognized by the United States National Karate Association. She joined Stanford Kenpo in 2013. She is also currently training and leading classes in Tai Chi.