At Kempo Karate of Darien, our mission is to empower students to succeed beyond the martial arts.

Meet our Martial Arts instructors

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo

Sensei Michael Nahan

Chief Instructor - 4th Degree Black Belt

Holding over 20 years experience in the martial arts, Sensei Michael Nahan is the owner and head instructor of Kempo Karate of Darien. He is the creator of the Leadership Program which is set to roll out in early 2018, the administrator of belt test ceremonies for our other karate dojos, and teaches martial arts to the karate instructors across the other Kempo Karate locations. Recently, Sensei Nahan started FightGains, a martial arts youtube channel, and The Grounded Truth podcast and blog, where he shares ideas and concepts of self improvement and childhood education.


Sensei Trish Jackson

Instructor - 2nd Degree Black Belt

Teaching in Darien for the past six years, Sensei Trish Jackson holds 14 years experience in the martial arts. Currently, she is a certified Kickboxing Instructor and the graduate of a two-year training course in the teaching of martial arts. Recently, Sensei Jackson earned her place as a core member of our Off-Site Events Team, developing our presence in the community. She teaches many of our after school enrichment programs, introducing karate to new students throughout Darien and the surrounding towns.

Remember, success is a journey, not a destination. Have faith in your ability.
— Bruce Lee