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.
Jonathan Exaros, Head Instructor / Owner & Operator. Jonathan has been training in martial arts since 1973. He holds multiple ranks is several styles of karate and traditional weapons training and is a Brown Belt in BJJ. He is also an author of the books, “A Teacher’s Inspiration” and “A Village Murder.”
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 two children and is an Accountant for a local company.
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 was a Goddard School instructor for several years, is finishing up her education at PSU and is the Head Instructor of the Doylestown Rec Center Martial Arts Program.
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 27 years ago. He works in the heating and plumbing field.
Kevin Cunningham is a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and a high level Purple Belt in BJJ. His wife, Josa, also trains in the Academy and they have a baby girl. He currently works as a software engineer in Philadelphia.
Kevin Jensen is a 3rd degree black belt and is currently studying BJJ. He is the Co-Head Instructor at our Lansdale Rec Center Karate Program for kids. He also teaches at the Horsham location on Fridays. He is a CPA and works for a firm out of Doylestown and Lansdale.
Diane Pilch is a 4th degree black belt in Karate and is the Co-Head Instructor at the Lansdale Rec Center Karate program and teaches Thursday nights at the Horsham dojo. She is a pediatric physical therapist working with disabled preschoolers in Bucks County, and is married with two (nearly) grown children.
Metani Exaros is the daughter of the Head Instructor and has been training in the arts since she was just four years old. She holds a second degree black belt in Karate and is a Blue Belt in BJJ. She is finishing up her last year in high school and works in day care at the Goddard School. She is also a competitive horseback riding enthusiast and heavily involved in art, photography and videography.
Alan Exaros is the son of the head instructor and has been training in the arts since he was just four years old. He recently was promoted to 1st degree Black Belt and is also studying BJJ. Currently in High School, Alan teaches at the Doylestown Rec Center on Monday nights and assists in classes several times throughout the week. Alan’s interests include music and the arts.
Paul Schmidt and his daughter, Amanda are co-head instructors at the Springfield Rec Center Martial Arts Program. Paul is a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and a Blue Belt in BJJ. He is an environmental attorney with a firm in Philadelphia. Amanda is in High School and recently received her 1st degree black belt in karate. She is currently pursuing her blue belt in BJJ.
Eric Enger is a graduate of PSU and has done a lot of work with childhood education and development. He is a 3rd degree black belt in karate and brings a lot of energy to the Academy with his passion for teaching.
Brad Umfer is a 5th degree Black Belt in karate and is pursuing his Blue Belt in BJJ. He lives in NJ, but travels almost weekly to train and to cover classes when another instructor is absent. He is also one of our tech support specialists for this website. He is married with a young daughter.
Vinnie Santacroce is a 1st degree Black Belt in Karate and is in the throes of High School, heavily involved in music and robotics. He’s been training with us since he was just six years old and he teaches and assists in various classes throughout the week.
Sarah Howard is a 1st degree brown belt and a staff assistant on Wednesday evenings at our Horsham location. She’s been training in Martial Arts for over seven years. Her other interests include mountain biking, art, golf, triathlon and running 5-ks.