Sensei Beth Capotosto

Sensei Beth (Shodan) discovered her love for teaching in 1998 as a music tutor and private instructor. Over the past 20 years, she has expanded her passion for knowledge through teaching an array of subjects and students. Wanting to try something new and exciting, she enrolled in Shaolin Kempo Karate (SSK) classes and has been hooked ever since. Sensei Beth has found true inspiration and joy through helping students perfecting new skills and supporting them on their own journeys through life. Always the optimist, she looks for the opportunity in all situations and fearlessly challenges herself to do as many scary things as possible.

Since her martial arts journey began, Sensei Beth has become a passionate supporter of the participation of women and girls in the martial arts and self-defense. She actively trains with The National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) for trauma-informed Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD). Over the past 5 years, she has pursued national certification for ESD through this organization and will be fully certified in 2018. Thanks to the NWMAF, Sensei Beth has also been able to train in different martial arts styles: Baguazhang, Silat, Krav Maga and Kajukenbo to name a few. All the skills she’s learned through this organization she seamlessly blends into her teaching, so that she can enhance the learning experience and worldview of her students.

Sensei Beth also receives ESD training from, and now works for ESD Global, Inc. This Boston-based non-profit is dedicated to making high quality Empowerment Self-Defense accessible worldwide. She also holds professional martial arts memberships with The National Women’s Martial Arts Federation and The Association of Women Martial Arts Instructor. When she’s not in the dojo or smashing the patriarchy, Sensei Beth likes to dabble in street photography, is a connoisseur of Kung Fu films, an avid reader and supporter of learning as many new and exciting things as possible.