About Us

We have been serving the Cuyahoga and Summit area for over 30 years, incorporating many styles in our martial arts training including Shotokan Karate, Jujitsu, Traditional and Modern Weapons and Street Defense.


Our students gain confidence, self-esteem and discipline as well as physical strength, conditioning and self-defense. These benefits lead to greater achievements in school, work and life. At American Academy we teach Character Education, Academic Achievement, and Self-Control. Our students get great grades in school. They excel in Karate and in tournaments, and they are successful in their occupations and lives.


Owner and Head Instructor


Master Janet Piaser


Master Piaser is a 7th degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and has been in the Martial Arts for over 35 yrs.


Master Piaser is a Black Belt Hall of Fame inductee receiving many awards including Woman of the Year, International Award of Leadership, and Instructor of the Year.


Master Piaser has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and teaches Child Development and Lifespan for Nursing at Lakeland College.


Senior Instructor


Sensei Joseph Svec


Sensei Svec is a 5th degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. He is a Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee receiving Instructor of the Year award in 2006, and has been in the Martial Arts for over 30 yrs.




Sensei Edward Chetnik Jr.


Sensei Chetnik is a 4th degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and has been in the Martial Arts for over 40 years. He began his Martial Arts training at age 15, training in various martial arts styles. He has won numerous tournament Kumite (sparring) championships and is our Demo Team leader.



Sensei Mark Medlen


Sensei Medlen is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and has been in the martial arts for over 16 years.



Sensei Matt Chilton


Sensei Chilton is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and has been in the martial arts for over 8 years.



Sensei Savannah Kimbrough


Savannah started taking karate classes in 2009. She has competed in many tournaments every year for the past 9 years, including the North Coast Karate Championship, the USA Karate Federation National Championships as well as our inter-dojo tournaments and International Karate Centers tournaments.

She has successfully earned her way up the ranks with much respect from her students, fellow students and Sensei. She has been teaching classes for Tiny Tigers, Little Kickers, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students since she earned her Brown Belt. Savannah enjoys coaching and encouraging her students and loves seeing them succeed.

Savannah had once said that her goal in karate was to become a Sensei. With her hard work, dedication, determination and perseverance, she achieved that goal in February 2018 and earned her 2nd Degree Black Belt and became a Sensei.



We teach classes for all ages from 4 yrs. thru adult with specialized classes for:

We hope to have you join us so we can share with you our knowledge of the martial arts and help you become more productive in your jobs, earn better grades in school, succeed in that management position you have been looking for, be more relaxed around your families, not be afraid to walk down the street because of bullies, and to carry yourself with high self-esteem throughout your careers and in life.