Our Team

Christine Albanese

Owner / Martial Arts Program Executive Director

Chris Albanese

Owner / Chief Instructor and Director of Martial Arts

 

Chief Instructor
4th Degree Black Belt Taekwon-Do
2nd Degree Black Belt in Wushu

With nearly 15 years experience as a Martial Artist, Christopher has served as Head Instructor at two well established martial art academies in Mercer and Middlesex counties.

Christopher possesses a 4th Degree Black Belt in the Korean martial art of Taekwon-Do, and a 2nd Degree Black Sash in the Chinese martial art of Wushu. He has trained under the tutelage of Grandmaster Nick Gracenin for Wushu (Washington, D.C.), Master Nick Malefyt 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do   and ITF Director (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Sifu Christopher Leyesa 4th Degree Black Sash in Wushu and 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do (White House, N.J.).

Christopher has medaled at martial arts tournaments across the country in everything from weapons demonstrations to forms and sparring.

Jessica Koonts

Owner / Play Gym Program Executive Director / Lead Instructor

 

Jessica is an experienced Childcare professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. Aside from being the proud mother of her toddler, Jessica has worked extensively with children for most of her professional career.

As a mother of a young child, Jessica understands the challenges and joys of parenthood, and the importance of fostering a love of healthy activity in an age of video gaming addiction. She knows that organized, age appropriate activity that allows for the building of social skills is paramount to a child’s cognitive, social and motor development.

Jessica studied Architecture starting in 8th grade, throughout High school and even graduated High School a semester early to start college and begin working in the field as an intern. As an intern at her third firm, Jessica discovered that the Architecture field was not a lifetime career for her. Three and a half years of college and five credits short of her Associates Degree, she shifted gears to Art to complete a degree in Fine Arts. That last semester Jessica began to work in Daycare and fell in love with the job so much that she could see herself working with children as a career. She ended up starting a family and staying home, while attending school to gain a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education Administration degree from Ashford University.

Ashley Albanese LaPaugh

Licensed Massage Therapist / Painting Program Director