Maureen MacDougall Mertz, 7th Degree Black Belt
Maureen MacDougall-Mertz 7th Degree Black Belt opened the new headquarters for Tiger’s Claw Martial Arts in August of 1999 in Hillsdale, NJ with help and direction of her husband, Professor Ronald Allen Mertz. The goal is to continue to create a classical Isshin-Ryu karate school for both children and adults, while offering a variety of other Martial Arts related classes. She was the recipient of the IAMA Children’s Instructor of the year 2005 for originating and developing The Little Tiger’s Program in 1999. Sensei Maureen Mertz continues to train with Professor Mertz specializing in the classical weapons and self defense. Sensei Maureen is currently ranked in the Tiger Commando Fighting System. She was a state ranked champion and member of the Amateur Athletic Union. Some of her awards: 2005 IAMA Gold Medal Kata, 2002 Gold Medal Weapons, 2002 Gold Medal Kata, 2002 Gold Team Weapons (Sai), 2001 Gold Medal Kata, 2001 Gold Medal Self Defense, 2001 Gold Medal Team Weapons (Sai), 2001 Bronze Medal Sai, 2000 Gold Medal Weapons (Sword), 2000 Silver Medal Kata, 2000 Bronze Medal Self Defense. She is a member of the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors since 2000. She is trained in Qigong Level One, certified in sports massage therapy, LMT, and studied Feng Shui with Judith Ryan.
Sensei Maureen is a registered member of the Tiger Karate Society since 1996.