“The family that prays and kicks together, stays and sticks together!”


Founder, Diakonissa



For those of you that do not know, “Diakonissa” is a Greek title of honor that is used to refer to a deacon's wife. As an example, one would say, “Hi, Diakonissa. How are you today?”

Dnsa. Angela is certified as a group and personal fitness trainer and nutrition coach through International Sports Science Association. She’s been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years. During college and after graduating with a degree in Business Management from Marian Court College, she was a group fitness instructor with a specialty in cardio kickboxing and personal fitness training. Her love of exercise led her to begin studying martial arts which included Tai Chi, Kenpo Karate, and Taekwondo. She and Sal opened their first martial arts school together in 2004. After getting married and starting a family, she continued her education with holistic remedies and nutrition.  

Angela is constantly pursuing her profound interest in herbs, essential oils, living a chemical-free life, and holistic living. Together, she and Sal have started Christian Martial Fitness and are also leaders for the most profound health and wellness company in the world: Young Living Essential Oils. 

Over the years, Angela has utilized her gifts to teach about nutrition, fitness, and life coaching. Part of her daily effort is to always put God first in all of these passions and gifts that he has provided. Being a wife to a deacon and homeschooling their children are blessings and also the core parts of her daily life.

Dnsa. Angela’s Service to the Church:

  • Greek Orthodox Church

    • Youth group leader / helper 2000-2017

    • Choir member 2001-2008

    • Volunteer at Church events

    • Grade school Sunday school teacher

    • Collegiate Sunday school teacher

Dnsa. Angela's Martial Fitness Credentials:

  • Certified Cardio Kickboxing Instructor since 1999

  • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor AFAA, Uniquest and ACE since 1999

  • Certified Nutrition Coach ISSA 2019

  • Certified Fitness Trainer ISSA 2019

  • CPR and AED Certified since 1999

  • Gymnastics Bootcamp Coach Woburn High School 2000

  • Gymnastics Academy of Boston Coach 2000-2002

  • Guest speaker with Dn. Sal on Taekwondo and bullying for Wilmington High School, MA, 2005

  • Instructor with Dn Sal at Ryan Middle School After School Empowerment Program, Tewksbury, MA, geared towards helping kids who were being bullied and encouraging them to have self worth and confidence, 2005.

  • Owner School of Martial Concepts 2005-2010

  • Owner Peace of Fitness 2005-2018

  • Black Belt Instructor Christian Martial Fitness 2005 to present

DNsa. Angela's education:

  • Associates of Arts Degree Business Management, Marian Court College, 1999




Martial fitness has always been a constant for Sal since his youth. For the way his fast-paced brain works and for the abundant energy he has, it has proven to be the perfect amount of challenge, both physically and mentally, that keeps him focused and balanced in all aspects of his life. 

The more Sal did martial fitness, the more it helped him to grow closer to God and made him realize his best martial arts came out when he kept focused on the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sal tested it while sparring and in intense drills or situations, and this spiritually centered focus simply worked the way God intended it. 

The harder he trained, the more prayerful he stayed during services, at home, and at work. It allowed him to treat his neighbor the way he wanted to be treated. Maybe most importantly, it showed him a path to dealing with his enemies in a more loving way, dropping the hate and anger and just approaching the situation as a Christian. Then, between Sal’s own studies and Angela teaching him about nutritional eating, essential oils, and other healthy living products, it all came together.

As a master and as a deacon, Sal never wants to stop daily training. He wants to continue growing closer to God and looks forward to being transfigured in eternal life. Along the way, Sal wants to share these Christian Martial Fitness techniques with all of you. This is why he and Angela have developed their motto to “Train hard- Stay Prayerful- Live Healthy”!

Dn Sal’s Service to the Church:

  • A deacon in Greek Orthodox Church:

    • Church services

    • Visitations to those who can’t make it to Church

    • Visitations to those in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living centers, etc.

    • Volunteer Director of Outreach to the HCHC Diaconate Program

    • Collegiate Sunday school teacher

DN Sal's Martial Fitness Credentials:

  • One of the 1st Generation Black Belt leaders of the Ho Kwon Do System (Dan Certified) Founded by Grandmaster Young Ahn Kwon -2000 to present.

  • 6th Degree Black Belt Master in World Tae Kwon Do Federation Kukkiwon System, (Dan Certified) Received 2017 under Grandmaster Young Ahn Kwon (9th Dan).

  • 4th Degree Black Belt Hapkido-The international Muhak Hapkido Federation (Dan Certified)-Received 2017

  • 6th Degree Black Belt Master of the Korean Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan Association. (Dan Certified) Received 2016 

  • Corporate six week self-defense program WJGEI 2010

  • Owner School of Martial Concepts 2005-2010

  • Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan Association. Presented letter of commendation for the social education and upbringing of Juniors in Tae kwon Do. Letter and Black Belt presented by President Jae Kyu Chon Received 2004

  • 4th Degree Black Belt of Kyusho/ Ryu Kyu Kempo. Studied under Grandmaster Evan Pantazi, the founder of Kyusho International, up to 2nd degree Received 2004 and earned 4th Degree with Master Asa Seeley who also previously trained and took over the school from Grandmaster Pantazi. 4th Degree received 2017.

  • Certified Specialist In Martial Arts Conditioning (SMAC-I), Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Youth Fitness Trainer - Certifications received from the (ISSA) 2005.

  • Honored Black Belt instructor of Kenpo Karate Master Bob Lorentz Received 2003.

  • Coach of Kwon's Taekwondo Martial Arts Training Center Inc. Demonstration Team From 2000-2002. The demo team raised thousands of dollars for great charities such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The demo team also performed for Boston, MA hospitals, Lowell, MA high school, Tewksbury, MA middle schools, Tewksbury, MA parades, Billerica, MA health fair, and also appeared with Grandmaster Kwon on WB television.

  • United States Taekwondo Union Referee Class D-3 Certification #01-ME-0422-2303

  • WTF Taekwondo Gold Medallist at T-USA, and local tournaments, in categories of Men's Black Belt Breaking, Sparring, and Forms.

  • Director of Kwon's Taekwondo Martial Arts Training Center, Inc. Kids MA state licensed summer camp 2001 and after school program 2001.

  • Guest speaker on the topic of Taekwondo and dealing with bullying for Lowell, MA High school 2001, Lawrence, Ma inner city kids outreach program 2004, and Wilmington, Ma High school,2005. 

  • Tewksbury Ma, Ryan Middle School 6 week After School Empowerment Program geared to helping kids who were being bullied and encourage them to have self worth and confidence 2001.

  • Began formal study under Grandmaster Young Ahn Kwon January 1, 1994 to present

SAL’S Professional Credentials:

  • President and co-owner of Electrical Systems Engineering, Inc. Web: ESEinc.co

  • Registered Professional Electrical Power Engineer in TX, NH, MA, RI, CT, VT, AR, ME, VA, NC



  • LoseLose the ego.

  • Be a humble servant of others.

  • Get a sense of humor. Take training seriously, but not yourself.

  • Learn the concepts and principles of martial art training.

  • Keep good nutritional habits and break bad ones.

  • Learn your body type and find an effective style that works for you.

  • Perfect the basics! Strive to use less effort to get better results.

  • Know the human anatomy.

  • Be professional when instructing. Don’t be quick to anger. Be fair and have honor.

  • Respect your teachers, training partner, students, and clients.

  • Be open-minded and listen to other people no matter what the art or faith.

  • Sharing ideas can be more rewarding than teaching them.

  • Go to Church...listen and hear!

  • Pray and fast and strive everyday to grow closer in relationship to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

  • Remember it's a journey...towards Heaven and Eternal Life!