GM Shawn Gallagher
Grandmaster Shawn Gallagher began his martial arts journey in the early 1970's at the "United Studios of Self Defense" located in Brockton, MA. At the age of sixteen he showed much promise and soon became one of the school's top students. GM Gallagher, shortly after achieving black belt, became a full-contact fighter. Additionally, GM Gallagher became one of the top ranked tournament fighters in the country. Shawn Gallagher is recognized as a 10th degree black belt, in Chinese Kempo, by some of the oldest and most respected martial artists in the world.
Prof. John Hatfield
Professor John Hatfield bowed into his first dojo in 1973. He was a student of Sensei Fredericks for a short time before transferring to the "United Studios of Self Defense" in Brockton, MA. It was there that he met GM Gallagher and started a lifetime student/teacher relationship. Professor Hatfield has been a student of Chinese Kempo for over four decades. In the past Professor Hatfield was an active boxing and kickboxing competitor. He is recognized as an 9th degree black belt in Chinese Kempo. He will always remain under the tutelage of GM Gallagher and pass his lineage down to others.
Mr. Becquart started his martial journey at the age of eight until he went to college. He returned to Chinese Kempo as an adult and stated, "I have enjoyed every moment in the dojo." "It has been a pleasure to train in a traditional dojo like Bridgewater Martial Arts". Sensei Brian studied under Fred Shane until his unfortunate departure and then started a relationship with Professor Hatfield. Sensei Brian is recognized as a 5th degree and is a marvelous teacher and leader. Outside of the dojo, Mr Becquart is a Logistics and Distribution Manager for Supply Chain Operations at Boston Children's Hospital. He is also a father to two daughters. We here at our dojo are fortunate to have him in our ranks.
Mr. McDonough has been a member of Bridgewater Martial Arts since the age of five. He is approaching his 18th year at the dojo. He has recently achieved a 4th degree black belt and is an instructor at our dojo. He has turned into a marvelous role model and is attending a local college. Aside from his empty hand skills Steven is proficient in the bo staff and teaches our bo kata with the utmost detail.
Ms. Becquart has been a student of Chinese Kempo for almost 15 years. She first started her studies in Stoughton under Sensei Fred Shane. Sensei Becquart has been promoted to 3rd degree Blackbelt and started as an instructor in our dojo in 2017. It has been my pleasure, for the last three years, to have her as a student. Outside of the dojo, Ms Becquart is a mother to her two children and continues her education at Bridgewater State University. We here, at BMA, have a bright future with such young and vibrant teachers like her.
Mr. Thorn became a student of Chinese Kempo ten years ago in Stoughton. Over five years ago, he started training under Professor John Hatfield at Bridgewater Martial Arts. He has earned his 3rd degree Black belt and has been instructing at Bridgewater Martial Arts since 2018. Outside of the dojo Mr. Thorn is the laboratory director of Battelle's environmental laboratory in Norwell Massachusetts.
Ms Mcdonough has been a student of Bridgewater Martial Arts