Our Staff is a tight-knit group of highly motivated individuals who are dedicated to teaching and leading others down the same path they have chosen.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find a group of individuals from a wide array of backgrounds with a strong sense of unity, family values, respect and courtesy, goal-setting skills, and the character it takes to develop a positive winning attitude within each student.

Our Staff is “Home Grown.” In other words, each and every staff member first started in the Academy as a student. After reaching strict minimum standard requirements, a student may apply for membership to our Staff program.

Staff members also receive special training and responsibilities that prove to aide each individual Staff Member in his or her own personal growth and development.  They aren’t just teaching….they are also continuing their education in the martial arts.

FullSizeRenderJonathan Exaros, Head Instructor


Kevin Ferguson is a 6th Degree Black Belt and Mr. Exaros’ longest-training student.  He is the senior instructor of the Academy.  He currently works as a computer programmer and software developer.


Steve Parys holds a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and is a high-level blue belt in BJJ.  He is married with one child and is an Accountant for a local company.

Shannon Lynott

Shannon Lynott is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Karate.  She especially likes working with younger kids and is currently teaching our “Little Warriors” program.  She is a Goddard School instructor and is the Head Instructor of the Doylestown Rec Center Martial Arts Program.


MackenzieWaltersMackenzie Walters is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Karate and holds a Blue Belt in BJJ.  She is currently the Head Instructor of our branch location at the Upper Merion Rec Center in King Of Prussia, PA.


Dallas Strachan is a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and a high-level Blue Belt in BJJ.  He teaches students of all ages in the Academy and was one of the first students to sign up in the Dojo 25 years ago.  He works in the heating and plumbing field.


Kevin Cunningham is a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and a high level Blue Belt in BJJ.  He is married with a baby daughter, and currently works as a software engineer in Philadelphia.


Cameron King is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Karate and is pursuing his Blue Belt in BJJ.  He works in Health Care for a retirement community and is currently working toward a nursing degree.


Iryna Ostapenko  is a 1st Degree Black Belt and is currently finishing up her High School years, applying for several colleges of her choice.

Kevin Jensen

Kevin Jensen  is a second degree black belt and the Head Instructor at our Lansdale Rec Center Karate Program for kids. He also teaches at the Horsham location a couple times a week. He is a CPA and works for a firm out of Doylestown and Lansdale.

Diane Pilch

Diane Pilch is a 3rd degree black belt in Karate and acts as an assistant instructor and instructor at the Lansdale Rec Center Karate program and the Horsham dojo. She is a pediatric physical therapist working with disabled preschoolers in Bucks County, and is married with two (nearly) grown children.

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