Head Instructor/ Owner
Ed Wilson has dedicated almost 50 years establishing himself within the Greater New England area. His ongoing efforts have earned him recognition as a highly regarded Martial Arts Practitioner and Instructor. He has a passion for helping his students to reach their full potential in the Martial Arts.
Mr. Wilson first became interested in martial arts in 1972 when he attended a Kenpo Karate school in Framingham, Massachusetts, believing it would be a good way to get in better shape. A few classes later, he was hooked and established a goal of earning a Black Belt. Since then, Mr. Wilson went on to study under several Black Belts, including Frank Trejo and Brian Hawkins.
Mr. Wilson's ongoing studies have earned him the Prestigious Ranks of:
Ninth Degree Black Belt: American Kenpo
Fourth Degree Black Belt: American Kenpo Karate
First Degree Black Belt: Kumiuchi Ryu JiuJitsu
Complementing these most important credentials, Mr. Wilson has participated in numerous training seminars with many well-known Martial Arts Masters throughout the United States.
Mr. Wilson has been featured in national magazine articles, such as Black Belt Magazine, In Kung Fu, and Inside Karate.
Mr Wilson believes in practicing what he preaches and has a passion for living a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise. He is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition and loves to share his knowledge with others.
In addition to his love for Martial Arts, Mr Wilson is also an avid guitar player, which he first took up in 1960.
Miss Mandi first joined Woonsocket's Family Karate Center in 1994, at the age of 13, to help her develop her confidence. She has studied under 2nd Degree black belt Chip Wilson, and continues her studies under 9th Degree black belt Ed Wilson.
Mandi always pushed herself to work hard and impressed her instructors, becoming an Assistant Instructor at the rank of green belt, and earning her honorary black belt in 1998.
Choosing her position at FKC as her career, Miss Mandi has been teaching full time as the Chief Instructor at the Whitinsville Family Karate Center since February of 1999. She has always strived to bring enthusiasm, motivation, and energy into each class that she teaches- following the "Instructors Creed" to teach each class as if it is the most important class she will ever teach, to be patient and enthusiastic, and to lead by example.
In March of 1999, Mandi received her 1st degree Black Belt. She went on to earn her 2nd degree Black Belt in July of 2001, 3rd degree in January of 2004, her fourth degree in November of 2008 and, her fifth degree in September 2018.
Miss Mandi has a passion for psychology and specifically child psychology and development and imploys her knowlege in that area to her teaching methods.
Lizabeth Parmenter has been a student of Whitinsville Family Karate Center since November of 1997. Miss Liz studies under 9th degree Black Belt Ed Wilson, and 5th degree Black Belt Mandi Remillard. She joined the Leadership Team in 2000 and began assisting with classes. Miss Liz received an honorary Black Belt in 2001, after years loyalty and dedication. Miss Liz received her 2nd degree Black Belt in June of 2005, her 3rd degree in 2011, and continues her studies for her 4th degree.
Miss Liz has a master's degree in occupational therapy, a health care field that helps people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest. She works with children for the Grafton school system. Her work as an occupational therapist has helped her to learn how to improve children's motor skills as well as their mental wellness. She brings her unique knowledge learned at Worcester State College to Family Karate Center, allowing every child, even those with disabilities to participate in karate.
When Miss Liz is not at the dojo, she can be found at home with her husband and three boys.
Miss Brielle began her training at Family Karate Center in April of 2006 at the age of 10. She studies under the instruction of 9th degree black belt Ed Wilson, 5th degree black belt Mandi Remillard, and 3rd degree black belt Liz Parmenter.
She quickly developed a passion for the art and wanted to share her knowledge with others. As a teenager, she joined the leadership team and began her journey towards becoming an instructor. She received her Jr. Black belt in 2010, her 1st Degree Black Belt in January of 2014, her 2nd Degree in January 2017 and most recently her 3rd Degree black belt in January of 2021.
In addition to teaching karate, Miss Brielle can be found working as a paraprofessional for the Mendon/Upton school system
Mr. Hunter began his training with Family Karate Center in October of 2013 when he was just 7 years old.
He quickly developed a passion for the art and wanted to share his knowledge with all age groups. As a teenager, he joined the leadership team in 2018 and quickly got promoted to an assistant instructor then became an instructor in 2023. He received his Jr. Black belt in June 2018 , his Jr. Black 2nd January of 2021, and his 2nd Degree in August 2023.
Outside of his work at Family Karate Center, Mr Hunter was formally the president of his student council and held the title of National Officer for Skills USA at B.V.T. He graduated in HVAC and is currently working for Trane as a Union Pipefitter apprentice.
Adam Rielly started training at the age of 7 in 2006. He quickly looked to share his knowledge with others by joining the leadership team in 2014 and began his journey to becoming an instructor. He particularly loves sharing his knowledge in weapons such as the bo staff. Mr. Adam received his Jr. Black belt in 2011 and his adult 1st degree black belt in January 2017.