Master Ross W. Antisdel Jr.

Master Ross W. Antisdel Jr’s Passion for the martial arts started as a child from watching the iconic Kung Fu series, Bruce Lee movies and then in the 80’s Saturday afternoon Kung Fu theater, there was also a karate demonstration including board breaking done at a father son night for Overbrook school, after this demo he really started pestering his parents to “sign him up” for karate classes. It took quite a bit of convincing for him to be able to start training as there weren’t any schools close by. So his first experience in a formal setting was through a rec program that had 60 kids and adults in the gym of the middle school with 1 person teaching the class from the front he now thought he was a Shaolin monk, a ninja and a karateka all mixed into one! (after just 1 class). This started the trend of using broom sticks as a bo, making nunchucks out of anything he could find and all out ninja fest battles in the backyard. Needless to say this wasn’t very productive. At the end of the 6 week program he graduated to a white belt with a yellow stripe!  There was a year or so break before he was able to convince his parents to sign him up at an actual school instead of the rec program. This time it was Tae Kwon Do in New Haven under Grand Master H.K. LEE. This is where he learned to do LOTS of knuckle push ups for missing coming to attention when a higher rank entered the room etc as he was so enthralled by the art. Unfortunately this stint of training came to an abrupt halt when his father got moved to second shift and the classes were at 7:30 at night on Whalley ave and getting there was impossible. So it was back to another round of the rec program. During the next few years He decided that Kung Fu was the way to go but there were no schools around. As a freshman in Highschool a friend of his Mike Eisensmith told him about the karate school here in town that he was going to and how great it was, after quite a bit of convincing on his part Ross decided to check it out and came down to the East Haven FVSSD. When he saw what Kempo was he instantly fell in love with the art! He signed himself up for classes and started training in earnest. About a year into training his passion for teaching started to emerge, he was asked to help out with the kids classes by doing the warm ups and stretches, this eventually led to him doing more around the school. After a short time helping out with the kids classes he came to the realization that if he could get someone else to understand the concept or move in question then he truly understood the concept in question.