Instructors
for Kids Karate
Shihan Jennifer Fremon

Title: Owner / Instructor
Current Rank:
Karate: 6th degree black belt
BJJ: Brown Belt
Teaches: Children, ages 3 and up. (Karate and BJJ)

As the current highest ranking woman in Kenshikai Karate, Shihan Jennifer has taught martial arts to both adults and children for many years. She is in charge of creating all the children's programs at UWS Kenshikai Karate and BJJ. Before being a full time instructor, Jennifer was a NYS certified preschool teacher. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and a BFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. Jennifer trained and competed in gymnastics through childhood and into her teenage years. She is also a writer of both poetry and short stories, and once had her poems published in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.
Senpai Sophie Carman

Title: Instructor
Current Rank:
Karate: 1st degree Black Belt
BJJ: Blue Belt
Teaches: Kids Karate

Sophie is an Environmental Bio major at Barnard College who spent last summer working at a farm based camp!
Senpai Piper Cohen

Title: Instructor
Current Rank:
Karate: 1st degree Black Belt
Teaches: Kids Karate

Piper and her mother both received their black belts together in 2019. She has worked as a counselor in our summer camp for many years and is currently a senior at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering. (CSS)
Senpai Ivry Frost

Title: Instructor
Current Rank:
Karate: 1st degree black belt
BJJ: Blue Belt
Teaches: Kids Karate and BJJ

Ivry is a senior at Bronx Science with plans to study engineering, He has been training BJJ for 6 years. His hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, and canoeing.
Jet Yung

Title: Instructor
Current Rank:
Karate: Brown Belt
Teaches: Kids Karate

Jet was one of our campers in the summer of 2008! Some other fun facts about him are: he knows how to make traditional Japanese shakuhachi flutes from scratch, has played on stage with the violent femmes during one of their concerts, and he knows how to play 6 different instruments.
Jessica Mendoza

Title: Instructor
Current Rank:
Karate: Adv. Yellow
Teaches: Kids Karate and BJJ

Jessica is a homeschooling mom, with a B.A. in community and human services. She has 4+ years experience working with teens and kids with various special needs, and has had prior experience assisting in teaching children martial arts.
Upper West Side Kenshikai / BJJ