Our black belt instructors have combined decades of experience teaching the Martial Arts and have all been certified by our Headmasters (see Lineage Page). In addition to providing a safe and structured environment for our students to learn, we adhere to the principle that it is better to adapt the Martial Arts to the individual, and not the other way around. The student's strengths and personalities shine through in their practice of these styles.
Our senior instructors all share a passion for improvement and success, and they are ready to share that passion with all who walk through our doors.
Sensei Christopher Marsh
Sensei Adam Burpee
Sensei Michael Susulka
Shihan Marsh began studying Kenpo in 1986, earning his shodan in 1991. He spent more than 25 years instructing at the Independent Karate School, and was the chief instructor for much of it. He holds black belts in both Kenpo and Enshudo, and has been a ranked USFA fencer. He continues to study Kenpo with world famous black belts. A graduate of Merrimack High School, and the University of New Hampshire, he leverages his skills as a teacher at one of the top high schools in the country to handle the school's curriculum and instructor certification. In 2019 he was named the heir to the Independent Karate School’s specific brand of Kenpo.
Adam D. Burpee joined the IKS in 1990, earned his shodan in Kenpo in 1994, his shodan in Enshudo Jiu Jitsu in 1994, and currently holds the ranks of rokudan and sandan in Kenpo and Enshudo, respectively. Mr. Burpee previously owned and operated a successful franchise of the IKS in Milford, NH from 1997 to 2003, when he closed the Milford school to answer a call to serve in the U.S. Army. As an Army veteran with combat experience, as well as a successful career in the Federal Civil Service, Mr. Burpee brings extensive outside experience to the IMAS.
Michael Susalka serves as a senior instructor for IMAS. Mr. Susalka began practicing at the IKS in 1982, received his shodan in Kenpo in 1988. He currently holds the rank of rokudan in Kenpo and a shodan in Enshudo and has been an active instructor through various periods between 1988 and the present day. He obtained a BS from the University of NH in Physical Education: Pedagogy in 1993. His experiences as a teacher-in-training, an instructor at the IKS, and a father of two have had significant influence on the development of his instructional style.
IMAS “Renshi” (Senior Instructors)
Shihan Jeff Maistrosky
Shihan Maistrosky has been active in the our community since 1989. In that time, he has progressed through the arts of Kenpo and Enshudo, and is a senior instructor in both. He is an alumni of Bishop Guertin High School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Notre Dame du Lac. He uses his skills in finance and general organization to maximize the effectiveness of numerous organizations, and also serves as our lead contact for Community Service related projects.