Buzz Durkin - Headmaster
Mr. Durkin began his study of Uechi Ryu karate in 1966. In March of 1974 Mr. Durkin opened his school and began teaching.
Under his leadership the school has grown to be one of the largest and most successful traditional martial arts schools in the country, winning numerous national and international
Mr. Durkin has traveled to Asia many times to further his knowledge of Uechi style karate, including a Government sponsored trip to the People’s Republic of China. He currently holds the rank of ninth degree black belt and is a registered Hanshi or Master Instructor with the All Okinawan Karate Association. He is one of a select group of karate practitioners world wide to receive a special commendation for outstanding contributions to Uechi style karate. He is a charter inductee in the Uechi Ryu Hall of Fame, and a member of the World Martial Arts Federation Hall of Fame.
Mr. Durkin is considered one of the top instructors and consultants in the Martial Arts field today. He has been the keynote speaker at several national Martial Arts conventions and regularly addresses school owners, teachers and civic groups on the benefits of the Martial Arts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Martial Arts Association, which is the largest Martial Arts Association in the country.
Mr. Durkin is a Vietnam combat veteran who received both his Bachelor of Science degree and his M.B.A. from Boston College. He lives in Atkinson, NH with his wife of thirty-six years, Judy.
Marcus Traynor - Head Instructor
Mr. Marcus Traynor began his training with Mr. Durkin in 1990. In 1997, he was promoted to the position of Head Instructor.
Mr. Traynor currently holds the rank of seventh degree black belt and is a registered Shihan or Master Instructor with the Uechiryu Butokukai.
In 2007 and 2012, Mr. Traynor received "Most Inspiring Instructor" award at the International Martial Art Convention. He is also a certified MMA strength and conditioning coach. As Test Administrator, he is responsible for overseeing the promotions of more than two hundred Black Belt candidates annually.
Mr. Traynor is a member of the Atkinson Lions Club and currently lives in Auburn, N.H. with his wife Jessica, daughter Bella and son Henry.
Brandon Stickney - Chief Instructor
Mr. Stickney began his training with Mr. Durkin in 1995. He currently holds the rank of sixth degree black belt.
In 2002, Mr. Stickney entered into the instructor's program. Since then he has conducted black belt testings and special events of all types.
In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Stickney received the “Most Inspiring Instructor” award at the EFC International Martial Arts Convention in Washington, DC. Mr. Stickney currently lives in Atkinson, NH.
Bill Leith - Chief Instructor
Mr. Leith began his training with Mr. Durkin in 1995. He currently holds the rank of fifth degree black belt.
In 2010, Mr. Leith received the “Most Inspiring Instructor” award at the EFC International Martial Arts Convention in Washington, DC. He is also the school’s chief weapons instructor and has knowledge of a myriad of Okinawan weapons.
Mr. Leith is an honors graduate of the University of New Hampshire.
Mr. Leith has also performed in a variety of stage demonstrations and independent films.
Sara Mersereau - Assistant Program Director
Sara Mersereau started training with Mr. Durkin in 2001. She received the rank of Third Degree Black Belt in 2014.
Sara currently attends the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a focus in Nutritional Science.
Stephanie Rodenhiser - Instructor
Stephanie Rodenhiser started her training at the dojo in 2004 and received her fourth degree black belt in 2016. She is currently studying at NECC as a Psychology major.