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Master Justice

Master Justice is the CEO of 2 Ronin Films in Richmond, VA. She has worked in several areas of the entertainment industry both in front and behind the camera for many years including: Director, Producer and Screenwriter to name a few. She LOVES what she does and always has a smile on her face!

Master Justice is also and accomplished Martial Arts Educator, Certified Olympic Boxing Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. Her greatest accomplishment was recovering from a broken neck in 1993 after being diagnosed as a quadriplegic. Her motivational success story has been featured in National and International Publications. 

Master Justice was invited to be on the PowerBar PowerPanel from 2006-2008.  This Panel is made up exclusively of athletic-minded individuals and is offered by invitation-only. This athletic panel offers athletes the chance to participate in new product and development surveys, provide valuable insight to our marketing team and ultimately help shape the future of PowerBar.

"PowerPanel is a great opportunity for us to recognize our core consumers, provide you with cutting-edge, insider information and access your expertise and experience."

If you see her on set or just around and about, please introduce yourself as she would love to meet you! Or you can shoot her an email at [email protected] 

Master Thornton

Master Thornton is a Producer, Screenwriter and has been a Fight Choreographer for commercial and live action shows. He teaches a practical self-defense system for the University of Richmond.  He is a bare knuckle, full contact, martial arts champion.  Master Thornton developed our Discover Karate Character Education Program with experts in early childhood development and clinical kinesiologist for St. Catherine's Brillant Summer Program and St. Benedict's.

His great charisma and animated teaching style helps create enthusiasm within the class so the kids stay focused.  He developed a modern martial arts curriculum for kids so that every child can benefit from the positive teaching of the martial arts.  He brings excitement to his classes combining his personality with excellent martial arts skills. He has also been featured in international martial arts publications.

Something you may not know about Master Thornton: He is a Martial Arts business consultant and a collector of fine Japanese antiques.

Dr. Michael McEvoy

A beloved educator, Dr. McEvoy retired after 39 years, most currently having volunteered at St. Benedict School as Counselor. Before retirement, he headed the Environmental Health and Safety office for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Previously, he held positions at Henrico County Public Schools, Benedictine, and St. Benedict. Throughout the years, he volunteered as teacher of religious education at St. Bridget Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic Church. Dr. McEvoy, a graduate of St. Benedict School and Benedictine High School, went on to earn his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Dayton; Teaching Certification at VCU, his M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from UVA; Administration and Supervision Certification from VCU; and D.Ed in Educational Leadership from Nova U. 

Of all his life experiences, he most loved being husband, Peepa, Daddy, teacher, and coach. A man of integrity, he was kind, generous, hardworking, energetic, knowledgeable, and well organized. He was the glue that held everyone together.  As a teacher, he taught math, science, PE, physics, and religion. A Master Instructor in Karate and Co-creator of our Discover Karate program, he was a superb athlete himself, playing football, running marathons and mountain biking, he coached cross-country, track, and soccer; started the soccer program at Benedictine High School, was the Virginia Soccer League Coach of the Year 1979, 1980; and Colonial District Girls Soccer Coach of the Year, 2003, 2005. 

Dr. McEvoy changed our lives, encouraged us to live right, train hard and mentored us our whole lives.  There will never be another one like him. Such a fantastic teacher and friend. We were blessed to have him on our staff, in our lives and he will always be in our hearts. We will continue to carry on his values and teachings.

Master Justice & Master Thornton

Grandmaster Steven Woodward

Steven A. Woodward has been studying the martial arts since 1971.  The founder and style head of Hontai Ryu Karate Do holds black belt rank in Modern Karate, American Open Karate, Kyokushin Kai Karate, Chi-Chi Kempo, and the rank of Ama Guro (Master) in Sayoc Kali.  Woodward also attained the level of Tactical Master Instructor (2years) in CDT Defensive Tactics.  

His studies have included Pi Lum Kung Fu, Shotokan Karate, Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate, Modern Karate, Tae Kwon Do, American Open Karate, Kyokushin Kai Karate, Judo, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Muay Thai Boxing, Aikido, Pentjak Silat, Kali Silat, Dumog, Chin Na, Shoot Wrestling, Defensive Tactics, Shoot Fighting, LAMECO Escrima, Sayoc Kali, Defensive Blade Tactics, Doce Peres Arnis, Tulisan Caballero Kali, Okinawan Weaponry, Filipino Weaponry and Chinese Weaponry.  He is most noted for his expertise in weaponry.

Woodward has been an accomplished competitor.  He competed in National and Regional events all over the country.  

Master Green-BS, RN, ONC/Clinical Kinesiologist, Master of Science in Nursing

John Green joins The Budo Center as director of Health and Wellness and as an expert fitness resource.  With over 20 years experience in the instruction of martial arts and fitness programs, as well as a strong expertise in both exercise science and nursing, John offers his leadership and services to all who are interested in creating and cultivating a lifelong personal wellness plan.

John has a wide range of experience as a Registered Nurse, from general medical-surgical, cardiac surgery and orthopedics.  He has served at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond Virginia as an RN since 2009 and has worked at VCU Health System as well as several HCA hospitals in Richmond since 2008.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Associates of Applied Science degree in Nursing from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.  John currently holds National Certification in Orthopedic Nursing.

Dee Sclafani-Executive Assistant

I would like to say that I've always been fascinated with movies as a child and even today.  As I segue into filmmaking, working under the auspices of Pamela Justice, it is apparent my dreams are coming true.  I love writing and have been teaching piano privately for 20 years.  Teaching has allowed me the fortune of understanding the human psyche through the gift of music and being meticulous as a teacher and mentor to my students.  With that experience behind me, I can now open up to incredible possibilities in filmmaking by also integrating my experiences from teaching. I am a huge proponent of the Law of Attraction.  What we focus on expands.  I have incorporated this philosophy into my daily life for the past 4 years and it has made all of the difference in the world along with having balance between the mind/body/spirit.  We are all on this planet to make a difference.  I am looking forward to doing that working with Pamela.  I can't wait to see what happens on this incredible journey called life!
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