Sensei Michelle D’Ovidio has been a student at Excel Martial Arts since she was ten years old. She has always been a hard-working attentive student who rarely misses a class and seeks more challenges every year of her training. At the time of her joining, she was the oldest in the children’s class, so we as instructors needed to find new ways to challenge her. In 2006, we developed the Excel Black Belt club for students like Michelle, who needed additional challenges outside of the regular curriculum.
Michelle is more than just a student at the Excel. At age 16, she began volunteering as an assistant instructor in our programs. In November of 2011, Michelle began co-teaching classes and honing her teaching skills to a point where she can run a large class, work one-on-one, and direct other instructors with equal ease. Most recently, she has started co-teaching our Special Needs Karate program at our Norwood location.
In 2014, Michelle D’Ovidio was awarded her 1st Degree Black Belt in American-Te®, and the title of Sensei. Sensei Michelle is currently attending college, but still returns one weekend per month in order to train and teach. Michelle teaches in both Canton and Norwood, but can primarily be seen in Canton on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays.
Shodan (1st Degree) Black Belt American Te®