Master Anthony Lerma
Founder of American Budo Kwan and Karate A to Z
Owner and Master instructor at America’s Best Karate of Danville, he has been teaching Martial Arts for nearly three decades. Founder of American Budo Kwan, holds 7th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, 4th Dan in Hapkido and Sho Dan in Aikido from Hombu Dojo, Japan. Honor Graduate of the USAF Police Academy where he graduated first in his class, continued with studying Criminal Justice. Started training in Tae Kwon Do in 1981 under Master Myong Mayes, the highest ranking female Tae Kwon Do Master in the world.
Trained in the following Martial Arts: Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Jujitsu, Aikido, WuShu, Kali, Okinawan Kobudo and Tai Chi.
His list of instructors and mentors include: Grand Master Myong Mayes, Master George Chung, Master Anthony Chan, Sensei Scott Berg, Grand Master Kambiz Moghaddam, Master Dan Amador, Sifu Yi Ting Lee.
He has appeared in demonstrations and public events including: San Francisco 49ers half time shows, San Jose Clash soccer games, San Francisco Spiders ice hockey games.
Some of his interests include: history, anthropology, ancient and modern world cultures, gardening, kayaking, travel and photography.
He believes his greatest contribution to the arts is teaching young people self respect and self accountability. His source of inspiration are his family and students.
Program Director, Founder of Lotus Circle Tai Chi
American Budo Kwan student since 2005, currently holding a frist degree Black Belt. Mrs. Lerma started studying Tai Chi (Liu He Ba Fa Style) in 2005 under Mrs. Yi Ting Pei. She founded Lotus Circle Tai Chi in 2017 after a traumatic car accident when the only therapy that helped with the pain and numbness was Tai Chi practice.
Her interests include abstract art, travel, holistic nutrition, gardening and moving meditation.
Ms. Jenna Mulvey
American Budo Kwan and Karate A to Z Instructor
Ms. Mulvey started training at America’s Best Karate in 2004. She received her first-degree black belt in 2010 and became an assistant instructor in 2012.
In 2018 she earned her current rank, Third-degree Blackbelt at ABK, and started training in Aikido. Received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development in 2021.
In addition to being involved at ABK, Ms. Mulvey enjoys cooking, hiking, photography and spending time with close family and friends.
Karate A to Z Instructor, American Budo Kwan Assistant Instructor
Ms. Lerma started training at America’s Best Karate in 2011, at the age of 4 in the Karate A to Z program, taught by her father. In 2018 she received her first-degree black belt and began teaching in 2021.
She is home schooled and has been attending classes at Berkeley City College as part of her high school education.
In addition to being involved at ABK, Ms. Lerma enjoys dancing, drawing, walking, making succulent arrangements, traveling and spending time in nature. Her favorite subjects are biology, chemistry and physics and she loves learning new languages.