Dennis Forleo (Taekwondo)
Dennis Forleo has been involved in martial arts for 33 years and reached his 1st Black Belt when he was only 11 years old. He began teaching in 1987 under the supervision of his instructor, Brian Cunnings. He moved to Montana in 2000 and opened his own school in 2003. He holds a 7th Degree Black Belt rank in Chi-Tu Do, to which he was promoted in 2017. He has also been promoted to Associate Grandmaster (8th Degree Black Belt) in the Estalilla Kabaroan system of Eskrima by GM Ramiro U. Estalilla Jr. on July 21, 2013. He has also has achieved a 5th Degree Black Belt in Shiho Karano Ju Jitsu under Soke Clement Riedner, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do under GM Edward B. Sell, a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga in the USKMA under Mark Slane, and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has also trained with Bill Kipp for some time and has become a Master FAST Defense Instructor and Predator. Master Forleo teaches the Advanced and Black Belt classes as well as many of the Krav Maga classes. Master Forleo was recognized by the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “2014 Master of the Year.”
Adam Gerrald (Taekwondo)
Adam Gerrald loves training and sharing his passion of martial arts. He holds a 3rd dan certified Kukkiwon black belt in Taekwondo. He is also the lead instructor of the GMAU Nunchaku program, bringing together his years of experience with weapons such as Kali, Bo, and Nunchaku. He also holds a black belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts, a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a brown chevron in Ultimate Bo, and has experience in other arts such as Capoeira and Filipino Martial Arts.
Jon Hodge (Karate)
Jon Hodge currently holds the rank of 6th dan black belt in shotokan karate and song moo kwan. He has taught martial arts for nearly 20 years. Over the years Master Hodge has studied many different forms of martial arts and is also a Master Chi Kung and Tai Chi instructor. Master Hodge is well known as a teacher of self defense, self discipline, and most importantly to him – self improvement.
Jonas Bieri (Karate)
Jonas Bieri currently holds a 1st Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. He has been training Karate and Goshindo Jiu Jitsu for five years, and still loves to find new aspects of the arts to dive in, explore, optimize and teach to his students. He is also a senior web and database developer, and lives with his wife and two kids in Basel, Switzerland.
Michael Hodge (Weapons)
Michael Hodge is the founder of the weapons style Ultimate Bo. Michael has been studying the martial arts since age seven and has earned a 3rd degree black belt in shotokan karate and song moo kwan. He has taught thousands of classes as an instructor in his own dojo, and his father’s dojo in the last 10 years, and now currently works with his home study students from around the globe. His goal is to help others reach their full potential.
Nathan Douglas (Weapons)
Nathan Douglas holds a 3rd dan Kukkiwon black belt. He has been training in Taekwondo since 1998, he also holds a black chevron in Ultimate Bo. Nathan has been a martial arts teacher since 2012- teaching taekwondo and bojutsu in a local academy. Nathan lives with his wife Sarah and kids Tailynn and Jake in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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