Master Instructor, Craig H. Seavey, Hanshi
"I have never taught a student that I didn’t learn something from."
Hanshi Craig Seavey’s approach to teaching has changed to hopefully help guide his students to making the right decision outside the dojo as much as inside the dojo. The undertaking of Cerio’s Kenpo is the study of life and that is the way each class is started at the dojos in Framingham, Massachusetts that Hanshi Seavey owns and operates.
Hanshi Seavey started his self-defense training in his late teens. Boxing being his first love, followed by grappling, and soon after he was introduced to the study of Chinese-Kenpo. Under the tutelage of Mitch Handling and Art Singer, Shihan Seavey started his journey of 36 years in the martial arts.
Hanshi Seavey managed and was Chief Instructor of two schools in the early 1970’s and fully owned his own by 1973. Hanshi Seavey added to his grappling skills in California studying with professional wrestler Jerry Christi. His boxing skills were further developed with the help of professional welterweight boxer Sonny Ray in Long Beach, California. Martial Arts disciplines were continued with Jeet Kune Do and a kick boxing combination. A life threatening kickboxing injury discontinued his pursuit in the fast growing sport. Hanshi Seavey’s livelihood consisted of teaching martial arts in the day and working in the night club business at night. The latter gave Hanshi Seavey many opportunities to develop his realistic concepts that he had learned over the years. Hanshi Seavey credits his bumpy road childhood to helping him to better understand and help guide some of the students that he has taught over the years. "I got into the martial arts to help put structure in my own life not for self defense", states Hanshi Seavey. "The martial arts had been my base to help me with most every situation that has come up in my life since I first started studying.
Teaching is a privilege and one of the most gratifying feelings of emotions you can ever have. I still get goose bumps when presenting a new belt to a student. Today I am trying to educate as many people as I can to the benefits and life enhancement skills you can develop from studying the martial arts. Working with the police departments, military, and offsite programs with public and private schools (such as bulling, peer pressure, and abduction defense strategies) have helped Seavey to spread the word. Hanshi Seavey often uses the expression, "when the student is ready the teacher will appear." Such was the case with Hanshi Seavey’s relationship with Grand Master Nick Cerio:
"I had never met anyone with such realistic insight, depth, and experience with the Martial Arts- someone who really lives it on a day to day basis, both public and private. I have had the privilege of not only training with Professor Cerio, but also teaching Cerio’s Kenpo since 1990."
"Anyone can rent a building and hang out a shingle claiming to teach a martial art discipline. The opportunity to train in and teach a system that is internationally recognized is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The person having had that opportunity presented to them better be aware of the present moment and act on it." Seavey is frequently asked how is it that hw has so many students? The answer is simple, "Do what you love and rest will follow." Hanshi Seavey wants his students to know that their own minds will lead them to success and happiness. Be aware of the present because the present creates the future.
In 2006 Hanshi was awarded his 10th Dan (degree) black belt and recognized as the head of Seavey’s Traditional Kenpo JiuJitsu, specializing in Cerio’s Kenpo, certified by Supreme Grandmaster Richard Petronelli, PHD.
Postscript: Hanshi Seavey currently holds a Shichidan (7th degree Black Belt) in Cerio’s Kenpo, Hachidan (8th degree Black Belt) in Jujutsu and a Kudan (9th degree Black Belt) in Buke-Do Kenpo. Hanshi Seavey has been chosen as one of two individuals to Co-head the Cerio’s Kenpo system along with Shihan Clermont Poulin of Canada. The honor was bestowed on Hanshi Seavey by Professor Cerio’s brother Frank Cerio.
On July 10, 2007 Hanshi Seavey was recognized as the Massachusetts representative of Kuntao-Jiu-Jitsu.
- 40 Years in the Martial Arts includes Boxing, Grappling, Kick Boxing, Judo, Taichi,
Jui-Jitsu, Chinese Kenpo; Cerio’s Kenpo
- 1st Descendent of the late Professor Nick Cerio
- Awarded 10th Dan in Ree-System Tae on March 20th, 2008.
- In 2006 Hanshi was awarded his 10th dan (degree) black belt and recognized as the
head of Seavey’s Traditional Kenpo JiuJitsu, specializing in Cerio’s Kenpo.
- January 11th, 2004 Rocky DiRico international black belt hall of fame inducted Craig
- Inducted to the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Most Outstanding Master
Instructor For Year 2000
- Inducted into the World Martial Arts Federation and appointed to the Executive Board
- Awarded Godan rank and Shihan title December 3, 1995 from Professor Cerio
- Inducted in N.C.I.M.A.A. Hall of Fame 1996 Awarded the Man of the Year Award
- Awarded the rank of Hachidan, 8th Dan in JuJitsu in March 2001
- Awarded the rank of Shichidan, 7th Dan in Cerio’s Kenpo
- Awarded the rank of Kudan, 9th Dan in Buke Do Kenpo in March 2001
- In 1999, created KiFit, a three dimensional approach to healing, empowerment and
mental clarity "From the Inside - Out". KiFit is a combination of gentle movement
exercises which blend TaiChi, KickBoxing and Yoga; Specialized Meditation; Proper