We are a martial arts school that teaches much more than just kicking and punching. Patience, kindness, anger management, goal setting, respect, and self-awareness are a few of the character development skills that we practice within our curriculum. Punching and kicking are easy, to develop one's character is the ultimate goal. Our state of the art training facility provides the perfect backdrop for developing the skill and determination needed to succeed in martial arts.
We have drop-off events where parents have the option to drop off their children and do their own thing. We also host several family-centered events throughout the year, where it’s a great time to connect and spend some time together! We have Birthday Party options for karate and non-karate students!
Meet the Crew
Sensei Dean started his martial arts journey in 1986. He studied under two-time world champion Kevin Hudson as well as many other master instructors. Sensei Dean received his 1st-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate in 1989 and a 6th degree in 2010.
Sensei Dean went on to become a nationally ranked competitor throughout the 1990s and won over 100 awards and titles during that time. Sensei was an instructor in training from 1989 until 1995. During this time Sensei Dean mastered the art of teaching karate, character, and life skills.
Sensei opened his first martial arts school in 1995 in South Carolina. This school is now led by one of Sensei Deans’ black belts, Sensei Billy Whiteside. Empower Martial Arts was opened in Newton NH in September 2008 and is already making a huge impact on the community.
Sensei Dean’s passion is to share more than kicking and punching, his goal is to influence students and the community to become better individuals. His philosophy is that each of us can change the world one person at a time.
Owner and Head Instructor
Shihan Harb is the Black Belt's instructor for Empower Martial Arts. He founded the Haverhill Shotokan Karate-Do Club in 1981. Shihan Harb holds the rank of Roku Dan (6th Degree black belt). He was awarded this rank by Grandmaster Kazumi Tabata, 8th-degree black belt and student of Isao Obata. Sensei Obata was the first President of the Japan Karate Federation and student of Funakoshi Gichin, the founder of Shotokan Karate.
The Haverhill Club is a member of the North American Karate-Do Federation, Inc., a Federation of Shotokan Karate Clubs in New England and Bermuda founded by Grandmaster Tabata who is its Chief Instructor.
Harb has been teaching Shotokan Karate for over 30 years. He is also the co-founder of the Boston University Shotokan Karate-Do Club. Harb also holds a second-degree black belt in Kyokushinkai-Kan and a kyu rank in Kodokan Judo. Harb is a former member of the North American Karate-Do Club International Karate Team and the New England AAU Karate Team.
He has competed for many years at karate tournaments at all levels and events and holds local, regional and national trophies and medals for kumite, kata, and weapons. He is a former AAU Nationally Certified Karate Judge.
Ryan started his Shotokan Karate training at EMA in 2012 and received his Shodan rank (first-degree black belt) in 2017 under Sensei Dean Mace. He will test for his Nidan (2nd degree) in 2019. In addition to his daily karate training, he also trains regularly in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer with current CPR and First Aid Certifications.
Ryan is extremely passionate about the mental and physical benefits that regular martial arts training offers and enjoys helping people attain their goals of living a healthy and balanced life while learning invaluable self-defense skills.
Ryan is currently one of the instructors for the beginner adult white belt students. He teaches during the weekend classes. His skills and knowledge bring great energy to the classes he teaches.
Sempai James is a skilled martial arts trainee with a second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a first degree black belt in Tomiki Aikido. Sempai James started his Shotokan training in February of 2009. He has been training in aikido since 2012.
Sempai James has a vast knowledge in katas, self-defense, and avoidance techniques. Well-practiced in Shotokan blocks, kicks, punches and strikes, and Aikido ukemi and waza.
Sempai James is one of Empower's assistant instructors for both the Dragons (preschool age) and Juniors programs. He has been assisting in classes for over 3 years.