Information taken from a post by email@example.com (Paul Micciche/UB
Networks) to the rec.martial-arts newsgroup Paul Micciche was a Shodan in Nick Cerio's International Martial Arts Association. He was also an instructor in a Nick Cerio's International Martial Arts Association dojo.
Starting in about 1958 Professor Cerio studied Boxing and Tae-Kwon-Do
In 1966 he earned his first black belt and opened his first Kenpo Karate school. He studied Chung-Do-Kwan under Ernest Lieb, Hakkoryu Jiujitsu under James Benko and American Kenpo under Master Ed Parker and assisted in running the New England branch of the International Kenpo Karate Association.
In 1966 Professor Cerio was introduced to Professor William K.S. Chow.
In 1973 Kung Fu Master Gan Fong Chin awarded Prof. Cerio his 8th Degree Black Belt in Karate based on his ability and the Title of Sifu in Kung-Fu, the first of only 3 certifications by Chin.
In 1983 Ed Parker awarded Prof. Cerio his 9th Degree Black Belt in the International Kenpo Karate Association.
In 1989 Prof. Cerio was presented a plaque by Professor Thomas H. Burdine designating Cerio with his Professorship. Also in 1989 Prof. Cerio was awarded the "Above Ranking Status" by the world counsel of sokes. This is when he received his 10th DAN.
Professor Cerio passed away on October 7, 1998. The cause of death was complications from cancer.
Instead of picking a single direct Soke-Designate, in December of 1997, Mr. Cerio
formed an Executive Board to assist in running his organization. This group of five senior instructors were to continue the system after Mr. Cerio's death.
The original members were Shihan John James, Shihan Craig Seavey, Shihan Joe Nesta, Shihan Mark Sheeley, and Sensei Maryanne Weeden. These people were picked by Mr. Cerio based on character, time in the system, and his personal trust in them.
On December 20, 1998, Shihan Mark Sheele handed in his written resignation from the Executive board, and the Nick Cerio Kenpo organization. Mr. Sheeley stated that he was leavng for personal reasons. He operates his school in Cumberland, RI. He uses the name Ken-sho Ryu (Kenpo and Shotokan) to identify this art.
Shihan Clemont Poulin has replaced Mr. Sheele on the Executive Board.
The current Board consists of:
Shihan Clemonte Poulin - 8th Dan
Shihan Joe Nesta - 7th Dan
Shihan Craig Seavey - 5th Dan
Shihan John James - 5th Dan
Sensei Maryann Weeden - 4th Dan
This data is direct from Shihan James of the Cerio Kenpo Executive board.
As of 2013, the board had disbanded. There is no more Nick Cerio's International Martial Arts Association.