Master John Deluca
Master John DeLuca is the owner and head instructor of DeLuca's Martial Arts, in West Springfield, Massachusetts. His school specializes in teaching the martial art of Kenpo for personal development and self defense. He has been studying Kenpo for over 43 years, and he is trained and ranked by Grand Master Al Tracy. Master DeLuca holds a 7th degree Black Belt and has been a featured instructor at the Gathering of Eagles in Las Vegas and Chicago for every event since 1999. In 2007, he was inducted as a charter member into the Kenpo Hall of Fame.
Master DeLuca is also an instructor in the art of Japanese sword known as Eishin-Ryu Iaido. He studied under Masayuki Shimabukuro Sensei and Carl Long Sensei. This art teaches the 450 year old tradition of drawing and cutting in spontaneous one-on-one combat with the Japanese sword.
Other credits include having been a certified instructor under World Champion Bart Vale in the art of Shootfighting. Shootfighting is a form of full contact kick boxing combined with full submission grappling. He has appeared with Bart Vale as an official at the New England Shootfighting Championships, and was formerly the New England Regional Representative for the International Shootfighting Association.
Master DeLuca has spent over 32 years in law enforcement as a West Springfield Special Police Officer and a LT. Deputy Sheriff. He was also a founding member of the Hampden County Prisoner Apprehension Team and Tactical Response Team. In addition to being a team leader and martial arts trainer, he continues to teach many law enforcement and military personnel. He currently acts as an advisor and defensive tactics instructor for the Sheriffs Department and holds the rank of lieutenant.
Master DeLuca's first experience in martial arts was at age 7 as a Judo student in 1965. His formal study of Kenpo began in 1973. He has studied Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, and Ju Jutsu. He also founded the first Martial Arts Explorer Post with the Boy Scouts of America in 1977.
Master John DeLuca attributes his passion and lifetime study of the art of kenpo to the inspiration provided by his mentor, Grand Master Al Tracy.