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Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.

Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.

Here are a few of YANG'S MARTIAL ARTS of AMESBURY's instructors and other staff members, starting with :

Si-Fu Scott Tarbell  (School Owner)  Send E-mail to Si-Fu Scott Tarbell

Shaolin Kung Fu
Sanshou Kickboxing
Ving Tsun Kung Fu
Submission Wrestling / No Gi BJJ
Chin Na
Modern Arnis

Scott Tarbell, a resident of Amesbury, came to the Worcester, Massachusetts area as a young boy from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Scott has studied a variety of martial arts throughout his life. He began his Karate training at the age of 8 with the Boy's club as well as boxing under the supervision of his father.

Scott has studied Shaolin Longfist & White Crane Kung Fu, and Yang Style Taijiquan since 2003 under Chris Fazzio, and Paul Blake III at YMAA Andover. Scott also studies with Master Yang Jwing Ming, Nicholas C. Yang, and Jeff Pratt at the YMAA Headquarters in Boston. Scott has studied various topics while at YMAA such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Xing Yi, Praying Mantis, Qin Na, Tong Bei, Saber, Sword, Staff, Taiji Fighting Set and Applications, and various sets of Qigong.

Scott takes various seminars with Master Yang throughout the year in order to improve his skills.

Scott holds a 3rd degree black belt in San Chai Na Shaolin Kempo Karate under 10th Dan Grandmaster Carrozi, a 1st degree black belt in Modern Arnis and an advanced rank in Olympic Style Tae Kwan Do under 5th Dan Do Wun Kim the Ex-National Coach for the USA Olympic Tae Kwon Do Team.

Scott has studied Pien San Wing Chun, Modern Arnis, Small Circle Jujitsu and Kyusho Jitsu extensively under 4th Dan Sifu Alex Lavaud. Scott received his black belt in Modern Arnis under Sifu Alex in 2004.

Scott switched over to the Leung Ting Wing Tsun Kung Fu system, after many years of prior training in classical Wing Chun. Scott was the first person in Massachusetts to ever to receive the rank and title of Primary Technician within Wing Tsun under Grandmaster Leung Ting and Sifu Jeff Webb. Scott was also the first person to become a Second Degree Instructor in Ving Tsun within the New England area under his Master, Sifu Jeff Webb the Founder and Chief Instructor of the National Ving Tsun Organization. Scott Tarbell, a direct student of Master Webb since 2003, was promoted to the rank of 3rd degree instructor and received the title of "Si-Fu," making him the highest-ranked and most qualified NVTO Ving Tsun instructor on the East coast as of June 2nd, 2012. As of 2016 Si-Fu Scott has achieved the rank of 4th degree instructor of Ving Tsun making him only one of three individuals to have received this honor in the NVTO!

Scott joined Brazilian Top Team in 2005 to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Black Belt Professor Daniel Gazoni. Scott was granted permission to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2008 independently from his instructor Professor Daniel Gazoni. Scott currently continues his BJJ training with Professor Brian Wade Caldwell (BTT Black belt and multiple time Gold Medalist), Junior Ysalguez, and Raymond Shawdee. Scott is currently a purple belt in BJJ and Submission Wrestling. Scott also trains MMA, Boxing, and Kickboxing under Raymond Shawdee of New England Top Team.

In total, Scott has over twenty years of training and has devoted more than ten years to teaching various martial arts.

A graduate of Salem State College, Scott holds a B.S. in Psychology with a double minor in sociology and human biology, along with a Masters degree in Special Education.

Scott spends his free time at studying Japanese Language, Culture, and History in Japan some summers, as well as researching Fitness,martial arts philosophy and spending time at his church. Scott is also very dedicated to his daily training of meditation, as well as spending time with his wonderful wife and children.

Scott is a Special Education Teacher at Haverhill High School where he has taught for more than ten years specializing in English.

Favorite Quote: "We all have inner demons to fight; we call these demons Fear, Hatred, and Anger. If defeated, then a life of single day is a triumph; if not, then a life of a hundred years is a tragedy."

Si-Fu Scott Tarbell
Thomas Butzen  (Ving Tsun Instructor)
Thomas Butzen is a 2nd degree Ving Tsun instructor and has been studying Ving Tsun for many years. Thomas also studies Modern Arnis and Chin Na. Thomas is a friendly and technical Instructor for our Ving Tsun Kung Fu program who is always ready to share his experience and skills with others, Thomas can be found generously sharing the art from a technical perspective and with a smile.

Thomas Butzen
Sarah Zeigler  (Ving Tsun and Modern Arnis Assistant Instructor)
Sarah Zeigler proudly represents our school as an Assistant Instructor for Ving Tsun and Modern Arnis. Sarah has been training for many years at YMAA and has experience in Ving Tsun, Shaolin Kung Fu, Sanshou, Taijiquan, Modern Arnis, Chin Na, and Submission Wrestling. Always quick to help out, Sarah's dedication shines through on a daily basis.

Winston Wong  (Ving Tsun Assistant Instructor)
Winston is a polite and courteous Assistant Instructor for our Ving Tsun program. Winston has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Choy Li Fut, Shaolin, Ving Tsun, Modern Arnis, Taijiquan, Chin Na, Sanshou, and Submission Wrestling. Winston can be found helping others with a quick wit and a smile.

Paul Kerstein  (Ving Tsun Assistant Instructor)
Paul is a fun loving and humble Assistant Instructor for our Ving Tsun program. Paul loves to work with beginners to help build strong foundations for the art. Paul holds a Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate and has extensive experience in Ving Tsun, Modern Arnis, Chin Na, Taijiquan, and Submission Wrestling. Paul can be found analyzing techniques and sharing his knowledge methodically with a smile.

Paul Kerstein
For more information about the YANG'S MARTIAL ARTS of AMESBURY staff or training programs, please contact us at 978-340-1059 or by clicking here.