Our Instructors

Sensei Alex Davydov

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Sensei Alex Davydov

Sensei Alex is a Master Instructor of AmeriKick Karate Studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He graduated from Brooklyn College with Honors Degree in Business Management and Finance.

Sensei Alex has been training from the age of 6. His current standings are: 6th degree black belt, 2 time former MMA belt holder with undefeated amateur record.  He is also a former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion dominating the expert divisions in NAGA. Sensei Alex holds multiple Karate World Titles in Sparring, Forms and Weapons in competition affiliations such as NASKA, NBL and WSKF. His accomplishments do not stop there. Sensei holds a Black Belt belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie 2nd Degree Black Belt Shihan Gene Dunn. Sensei Alex currently trains and teaches Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing.

Sensei Ricky Taylor

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Sensei Ricky Taylor

Sensei Ricky Taylor is 30 years old and is the Head Instructor at Amerikick. He has been with
Amerikick for 14 years and obtained his Black Belt in Kenpo Karate in 2009. Sensei Ricky is
well rounded at Amerikick. He teaches our Ladies Kickboxing classes, Kids Karate classes, and
is the choreographer and leader of Amerikick’s Demo Team aka Amerikick Shinobi. This
amazing and talented group of Advanced Kids Martial Artists just won, again, 1 st first place at
Amerikick’s AKL competition December 9 th , 2018. Sensei Ricky will be going for his 4th Degree
in January 2019. In addition to fine-tuning his Martial Arts craft, Sensei Ricky is seeking to
obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine.

Sensei Niko Shegay

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Sensei Niko Shegay

32 years old and has a 3rd Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDoe, 3rd
Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and has a 3rd Degree Karate. Sensei Niko has
been instructing at Amerikick since 2014. Along with teaching Amerikick’s Kids Karate classes,
Sensei Niko also instructs and specializes in the Muay Thai Kickboxing program. Sensei Niko
just obtained his first Muay Thai Kickboxing Championship Belt with a TKO within the first 30 seconds of the 1 st
round on November 17, 2018.

Sensei Dennis Ogando

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Sensei Dennis Ogando

21 years old and has been with Amerikick for 13 years. He obtained
his Black Belt in Kenpo Karate in 2012. Sensei Dennis teaches Amerikick’s Acobatics and
Hyper Tricks classes as well as the Kids Karate classes. Sensei Dennis is also the choreographer
and leader of Amerikick’s Dragon Team. Adding to his already hectic schedule of teaching at
Amerikick, Sensei Dennis also attends school to get his Bachelors in Fine Arts, hoping to be a
stunt double in the movies; taking his high kicking and flips to a whole new dimension.

Sensei Phoebe Acevedo

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Sensei Phoebe Acevedo

Sensei Phoebe Acevedo has been at Amerikick since 2010. She received her Senior Black Belt
at Amerikick in 2014 for Kenpo Karate. Sensei Phoebe is instrumental in keeping Amerikick
running at its very best.

Amerikick - Park Slope

Ms. Ada Vargas

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Amerikick - Park Slope

Ms. Ada Vargas

Ms. Ada Vargas is the Program Director at Amerikick. April 2019, would make 14 years at
Amerikick, starting 1 month after Amerikick Park Slope opened its doors. Ms. Ada is currently
certified by the AmeriKick Fitness Program as a Kickboxing instructor. Because of her
welcoming smile and professionalism, the parents and children adore her. Ms. Ada has become
an inspiration to the Amerikick Park Slope members. Side note: she is also the proud mother of
Sensei Ricky!

Mrs. Cherylann Simon

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Mrs. Cherylann Simon

After battling uterine cancer, going back to school and a major transition in the workforce, Cherylann’s weight went up to 335 pounds. Though her confidence was not hampered by the weight gain or the changes in life, her strength was depleted. Cherylann found AmeriKick Park Slope on her way home one day and decided to give it a try. She called. Spoke with Ms. Ada and was encouraged by the happy and welcoming voice over the phone. Cherylann’s father taught her to box as a child and now she needed to fall back into such workout but with more!!! Two weeks after joining Ladies Fitness Kickboxing with Ms. Ada, Cherylann found strength returning to her body as well as seeing the weight drop.

Why does she now work at AmeriKick? Cherylann knows first-hand the difference the programs make in people’s lives. Not just kickboxing, but the kids/adult karate and the MMA Kickboxing. It is true what that old cliché says, “You get out what you put in.” Cherylann speaks to women of all different stages in their lives sharing her story and spreading the hope of a better and newer “You.” Her 3 daughters are proud of the “new” mom and push her to keep going. Today, spiritually, physically and emotionally, Cherylann is healthier than she has been in almost 20 years.