Meet the Sensei

John Scully - 5th Degree Black Belt (Godan)

Sensei John Scully lives in Saco with his wife Paula, and their three young children. Mr. Scully is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and received his undergraduate education in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, and his graduate degree in Information Technology from Seton Hall University. Mr. Scully has taught as an adjunct Professor of Finance at Suffolk University, and mentored urban youth through his work with the Year Up organization. In addition, Mr. Scully currently sits on the Board of the Saco River Valley Kiwanis Club and Junior Achievement of York County.

Sensei Scully has been studying martial arts for most of his life. Having practiced multiple styles during his formative years, he began studying Uechi Ryu in the mid 90’s, and is currently a fifth degree black belt (Godan). Mr. Scully’s sensei is Master Ed Huff (Kyudan or 9th Degree Black Belt). With over 50 years of study and 45 years of teaching, Master Huff is one of the earliest practitioners of Uechi Ryu in America.

In picture from left to right are, Mike Budreski, John Lee, Steve Bang, Sensei John Scully, Master Ed Huff, and Louis Rivers.

Meet our visiting instructors

Louis Rivers - 5th Degree Black Belt (Godan)

Mr. Rivers received his degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1986.  Having spent over twenty years successfully leading technology initiatives in the mutual fund and private investment industries, Mr. Rivers currently runs the Technology teams responsible for Accounting and Investor Relations at HCM in Boston. 

An accomplished Rugby player and coach, Mr. Rivers played 11 years of division 1 rugby with the Charles River Men’s Rugby Club.  After his playing career he spent six years coaching the Boston Woman's Rugby Team, and lead them to three top five national finishes.

Mr. Rivers has been studying Uechi Ryu karate under Master Ed Huff for over 15 years.  Having attained the rank of fifth degree black belt (Godan), he has been an assistant instructor and coordinating dojo activities and events for the last 10 years.

Steve Bang - 6th Degree Black Belt (Rokudan)

Mr. Bang graduated from the Citadel in 1976 and served on active duty and the active reserves as an officer in the United States Army until 1995. He managed the design, construction, and occupancy of major research and development, commercial, and healthcare facility projects until retiring in 2008.

Mr. Bang began his study of martial arts in 1967 in Laos as a youth, and was awarded his first black belt in Kenpo while in the army and stationed in Germany in 1979.  Mr. Bang began studying Uechi-ryu in 1994 under Master Ed Huff in Boston, and has been both a student and assistant instructor over the years.

In addition to studying Uechi-ryu, Mr. Bang maintains interests in many activities including the art of bonsai, and is an avid western horseman.

Michael Budreski - 4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan)

Since graduating with an engineering degree from Cornell University in 1994, Mr. Budreski has worked as an Information Technology consultant in various fields of expertise.  

Mr. Budreski has been studying and teaching Uechi-Ryu Karate for over 20 years.  He has his fourth degree black belt (Yondan) under Master Ed Huff.

John Lee - 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan)

Having graduated form Northeastern University in 1994, Mr. Lee has worked in advertising, design and website development for over 20 years.  In addition, Mr. Lee has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Design at Suffolk University's New England School of Art & Design.

Mr. Lee began studying Uechi Ryu in 1982 at the age of 10, under John Sullivan and Jack Summers in Hanover, MA, with additional guidance from his father, Joseph Lee (also an accomplished Uechi Ryu practitioner).  He has been studying and teaching Uechi Ryu under Master Ed Huff in Boston since 1998.

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