Donna Chalmers is currently a 2nd-degree brown belt at Champions.  Her goal is to become a Black Belt.  Earlier in her karate career, she studied Shorin-Ryu.  In 2009, she was introduced to Kenpo karate through her children participating in Cromwell Park and Recreation program.  Her youngest daughter signed up for karate lessons, and Donna decided to give Kenpo a try too.  She has been enjoying it ever since!  Some of the benefits in Kenpo are:  sharpening your mind and body, self-esteem, and empowerment. Good for kids of any age:).  Donna enjoys instructing and working with other students and she especially likes working with children.  She likes to garden, listening to music, reading, hiking and traveling.  When she is not in class at Champions, she is enjoying a variety of fitness programs.  She is also a licensed Zumba (R) Fitness instructor and personal trainer.

Sifu Carolyn Rivers is a 2nd-degree black belt. She has been training in the martial arts and fitness industry for over 15 years.  She has great form and technique, which she shares and teaches to her students.  She looks at each student individually to help them reach their goals.  She is a positive person, who motivates others to do their best. 

Sifu Kaitlyn Pearce started her karate training at the age of 10.  She is a 2nd-degree black belt instructor.  As an instructor, she is passionate about teaching students the proper technique, with positive reinforcement.  Kaitlyn has competed and judged numerous tournaments. Her commitment, teaching skills, and love for karate are what makes her a valuable instructor at Champions Karate School. Kaitlyn is a graduate of UConn University.


Sifu Victoria Johnson began her training in Kenpo Karate in 2005.  After two years of training and showing great leadership skills, she became an assistant instructor.  As a strong competitor in tournaments and a co-director of the demo team, Victoria is a huge asset to Champions Karate School instructor staff.  She has a smile on her face when she is teaching, letting the student know how much she enjoys teaching and helping them. She is a 3rd-degree black belt. Victoria, in addition to karate, enjoys theater productions. She is a certified personal trainer.

Sifu Kimberly Shekosky is 2nd Black Belt at Champions Karate School.  Kimberly started her karate career at the young age of 5.  She has competed successfully in tournaments.  Her kicking skills are amazing, she is able to kick 216 times in one minute balancing on one leg.  As an instructor, she loves to teach the younger karate students.  She is an experienced Champions demo team member, who brings leadership to the team.   Kimberly is not only a dedicated karate instructor she is also a high honor student, who enjoys swimming competitively. 

Master Instructor and Owner

Master Debbie Bissonnette Shekosky is a 5th-degree black belt in Kenpo karate, a 1st-degree black belt in Modern Arnis and a certified ACE personal trainer.  She has been teaching karate for over 25 years to adults and children. Early in her karate career, she competed successfully in numerous karate tournaments around the New England area. She has traveled and trained at seminars with martial arts experts, like Grandmaster Remy Presas, and Grandmaster Wally Jay.   She enjoys teaching women and kid's self-defense classes. She has hosted countless tournaments and seminars, as well as fundraisers for Channel 3 Kids Camp,  ALS, Middletown High School and most recently for a former student, Samantha Wysocki's fight against cancer. With her students, she has presented countless karate demonstrations for local events. She is a member of the NEMATA (New England Martial Arts Teachers Association).  She also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University in Accounting.  

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Meet our instructors 

Sifu Ben Bates is a 3rd-degree black belt at Champions Karate School.  Ben's passion is to teach and to share his knowledge of martial arts with his students.  

Sifu Milan Patlikh started karate at the age of 4. He is currently a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, has a purple belt in Modern Arnis.  He has also trained in weapons. He especially enjoys the nunchakus.  Milan is a co-captain of the demo team.  He started assisting instructing at the age of 8.  He loves to see students finally achieving something they have been working on.  Milan has competed in multiple tournaments and has attended many seminars.  He also excels in school, loves animals and traveling and does gymnastics.

Sifu Melinda Lauderdale is a 2nd-degree black belt at Champions Karate School.  She enjoys teaching the kids classes.  Her strength is in her fitness.  She is a personal trainer and a gymnastics instructor. 

Matthew Smith has been training in karate for 7 years and is currently a black belt at Champions.  He is a member of the demo team, enjoys being an assistant instructor, and helping the kids achieve their goals.  His top two favorite things at karate are two kata and learning new material. He is also a boy scout. 

Sifu Instructors

Katrin Kerger is a black belt.  She loves to assist the children and women self-defense programs, as well as assisting the children and adult karate classes.  She started her training in 2013 and enjoys the mental aspect of karate, learning the required material and mastering the techniques.  

Kelly Shekosky is currently a black belt who enjoys learning new requirement material, especially katas.  She likes everyone at Champions, the students, the instructors, and the parents.  Her favorite activity at Champions Karate School is the tournaments.  Kelly loves performing on the demo team and is great with the fans.  Kelly likes swimming, karate and hanging out with her friends.


Jason Tomczak is a brown belt at Champions Karate school.  He assists with the after-school karate program. He enjoys teaching and assisting the kid's classes. 

Jessica Tomczak assists with our white belt kid's classes.  She trains as much as she can.  She enjoys learning all the material of her karate classes, katas, sparring, self-defense, and bag work.