The International Kenpo Council of Grandmasters
207F Cambridge St.
Burlington, MA 01803
Phone: 781-270-9099
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Senior Grandmaster S. George Pesare
Senior Grandmaster Pesare was a 10th degree Black Belt and is the undisputed founder of Kempo Karate in New England. The 10th degree Black Belt level is one of the highest achievements in the martial arts community and is at the Professorship level. SG Pesare began his martial arts career with Karazenpo-Go-Shinjutsu in 1958 with his instructor, Grandmaster Victor (Sonny) Gascon, one of the Kempo founders in America. Upon Grandmaster Gascon's retirement he gave the responsibility of teaching the true Karazenpo-Go-Shinjutsu to SG George Pesare. Mr. Pesare continued his training in addition to the following martial art disciplines:

5th degree Black Belt in Judo
4th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
4th degree Black Belt in Eskrima
2nd degree Black Belt in Aikido
These martial arts ratings were accompanied with college degrees in advertising and science.
Mr. Pesare had successfully fought in Karate and Judo competitions, and besides being active in competition himself, Mr. Pesare had also trained 2 World kickboxing Champions.

1958 Ryusaki Judo Championships
1959 Intramural Aloha Kempo Championships
1960 New England Team Champion
1968 Connecticut Team Champion
George Pesare has been featured in numerous martial arts journals including:

The first Who's Who in the Martial Arts
The Encyclopedia of the Martial Arts
Karate Illustrated
Professional Karate
Official Karate
Black Belt Magazine
numerous articles in the Providence Journal, Providence, RI.
Recently, Mr. Pesare was voted into the New England Black Belt Hall of Fame. "A student who has trained in Kenpo Karate in New England was either taught by Mr. Pesare or one of his pupils, or one of his pupils' pupils..."

In the world of realistic self-defense, George Pesare had been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years. During his tenure with the Providence Sheriff's Department, he served as Training Officer and Range Master. During his tenure with the Kent County Sheriffs department, he also served as Training Officer and Range Master, teaching all aspects of firearms to Federal, State, and municipal agencies. Mr. Pesare was the coordinator of the National Rifle Associations' Annual Police Pistol Regional Championships. He was also a member of the coveted '1490' club. He is the 1994 Rhode Island State Police Pistol Champion, and was the Police Pistol Champion of the Prestigious Police Pistol Governors Twenty. Mr. Pesare was also the President and Rhode Island Match Director of the Rhode Island Police Pistol Combat League.

With deep regret and sadness, the IKCG announced the passing of Senior Grandmaster S. George Pesare on October 14, 2012. We continue to honor his life and memory as a Martial Arts Pioneer and the founder of Kenpo/Kempo Karate in New England. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him and shared in his art.

Prior to his passing, Sr. Grandmaster Pesare created a plan for the future by entrusting the care of the IKCG to his student, colleague & friend Grandmaster Steve Nugent; so that his legacy will continue to evolve, grow and live on.

"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."