Danbury Kanreikai Instructors

Chief Instructor

Sensei Matthew Dickie, 3rd dan

Matt entered the martial arts in 1999. He earned his 1st degree black belt in 2005 under the guidance of Shihan Kenji Fujiwara of the Kyokushin Kan Organization. After the closing of his master’s dojo in Monroe, CT., Matt then joined the World Kanreikai Karate Organization in 2006 and, has since risen to a  3rd degree black belt under the guidance of Hanshi Manny Matias. In 2010, Sensei Matt took on the role of Instructor and can be found at the Danbury dojo daily. From 2007 to 2013, Matt competed in Kata and Semi-knockdown competitions where he ranked in the top two on numerous occasions. By 2013, Matt earned the title of International Tournament Judge and in 2014, became co-owner of the Danbury Kanreikai dojo. As of 2017, Matt earned his certification as an International Tournament Referee.

Lead Instructor

Sensei Dan Lachance, 3rd dan

Dan entered the martial arts at 21 years old. As part of the Oyama Organization under the guidance of Shihan Manny Matias, Dan earned his 1st degree black belt in 1990. Even before he earned black belt status, Dan was already guiding and supporting his fellow students as an Instructor. He was also actively competing in regional, national and international tournaments where he earned Champion status in Kata, Semi Knockdown and Knockdown competitions. When founder, Soshu Shigeru Oyama, of the World Oyama Karate Organization retired, Sensei Dan followed his teacher to the World Kanreikai Karate Organization and earned his 3rd degree black belt in 2004. From 2005 to 2015, Sensei Dan resided on the WKK Promotion Board and still today, travels throughout Canada and the U.S.A. as an International Tournament Referee. 

Lead Instructor

Senpai Christian Naula, 2nd dan

Christian has been training under Hanshi Manny Matias since he was seven years old. Christian earned his junior black belt at the age of 13 and in 2014 reached the rank of 1st dan. Since 2009, Senpai Christian has participated in numerous regional, national and international tournaments where he has gained Champion status in both Kata and Semi Knockdown events. In 2014 he entered into the Knockdown arena and placed 1st on numerous occasions. Christian has always been an active role model to the Danbury Kanreikai students, so it was a welcome fit when he took on the role of Instructor in 2015. In 2018, Christian earned his 2nd degree black belt rank. Christian is also a certified International Tournament Judge.

Lead Instructor

Senpai Alexander Solovyev, 1st dan

Sasha (as he’s commonly called) joined the World Kanreikai Karate organization in 2011. From the early stages of his martial arts career, Sasha displayed his dedication and support to the students of Danbury Kanreikai. There was no doubt when he took on the role as Assistant Instructor in 2014. Sasha then went on to earn his 1st degree black belt in 2015 and has participated in local and regional semi-knockdown competitions where he strives to achieve champion status. Senpai Sasha is now a Lead Instructor at the Danbury dojo and is presently training to become a Regional Tournament Judge.

Substitute Lead Instructor

Sensei Gary London, 4th dan

Sensei Gary has been training in the martial arts for 30 years. He attained his first black belt in Tae-kwon-do. After joining the Oyama organization, he received his 1st degree black belt under Shihan Manny Matias in 1977 and has since progressed to 4th dan with the World Kanreikai Karate organization. Sensei Gary participated in numerous Knockdown, Semi Knockdown, Point Karate, Form Competitions, and Kata tournaments where he placed first on many occasions. Sensei Gary is also an International Tournament Judge. 

Assistant Instructor

Senpai Constantine Vournazos, 1st dan

Tony (as he’s commonly called) joined the World Kanreikai Karate organization in 2013. Since 2015 he has competed regionally in both Kata and Semi-Knockdown events. Tony became a Champion when he placed in the top two on multiple occasions against opponents 15+ years his junior. Throughout his career as a martial artist, he has been an active participant at local community events and in 2018, earned the rank of 1st degree black belt. In the summer of 2019, Senpai Tony has taken on the role of Assistant Instructor at the Danbury Dojo and is looking forward to his training as a Regional Tournament Judge.

Junior Instructor

Holger Leon, 1st Kyu

Junior Instructor

Anthony Salinas, 1st Kyu