Nancy Rothenberg has been training in the martial arts since 1985 and is the founder, director and head instructor of Spirit of the Heart since it opened its doors in 1993.
Nancy has taught for the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) and the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists Training (PAWMA) Camps since 1991.
Nancy has taught self defense and Indonesian kung-fu at Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College and has been teaching at Smith College since 1995. She teaches children in various after-school programs throughout the Northampton area.
Nancy also specializes in teaching self defense to women and girls. She has led many workshops for the Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts and works with community organizations that bring services to women whose lives have been touched by violence.
Morgan Kent has trained in the art of Indonesian Kung Fu since he was 11 years old and is now 29. He first started training in this style because of the spectacle found in martial arts movies, but soon found that a life in the martial arts could be so much more than fancy stunts and flashy kicks. He has come to the conclusion that this art belongs at the center of his life, and its benefits should be spread to as many people as possible.
He currently holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt. In addition to teaching at Spirit of the Heart, Morgan now teaches in many local after-school programs including Ryan Road and Greenfield Elementary Schools. He also teaches special needs kids at Whole Children and brings Spirit of the Heart to the hills of Ashfield.