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Dojo’s Instructors

 

Buffalo, MN

Chris Hourscht

Mr. Hourscht has over 20 years experience in the Martial Arts. He received his Black Belt in 1993, his 2nd degree in 1996, his 3rd degree in 1999, 4th degree in 2004, and his 5th degree Black Belt in 2009. As a competitor, he has placed 4th for 2 consecutive years in Continuous Sparring at the World Super Grand Championships, and was a 5-time Grand Champion in team forms with the North Central Karate Association (NCKA). He has also appeared in the video documentary “Jackie Chan’s Greatest Stunts and Fights.”

Nikki Frydenlund

Ms. Frydenlund is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt and has been an active Member of Team Evolution since 2009.  She has consistently placed 1st place in underbelt forms and sparring divisions.  She also competed in the Grand Champion Round of Women's Sparring in 2012.  She is an instructor at the Dojo Karate Buffalo Location.

 

Elk River, MN

Dalton Duncan

Mr. Duncan is currently a 2nd degree black belt and head instructor at Dojo Karate’s Elk River location. He has been involved in the martial arts for over a decade and has been an instructor for four years. He enjoys working with kids. Mr. Duncan had competed in several tournaments in sparring, Forms and Mega Team. His future hopes are to open another DOJO and grow the DOJO Family.

Keith Stormoen

Mr. Stormoen received his Black Belt in 1998, his 2nd degree in June of 2000, his 3rd degree in 2003 and his 4th degree Black Belt in March of 2009. He has been actively involved in karate for over 15 years, and has 4 years experience in jiu-jitsu. Previously, Mr. Stormoen taught gymnasts for 7 years. As a competitor, Stormoen has placed 1st in Musical Forms in international competition, as well as 3rd and 4th places in Sparring and Weapons competitions. He has also appeared in the video documentary “Jackie Chan’s Greatest Stunts
and Fights
.”

 

Maple Grove, MN

John Morse

Mr. Morse is currently a 2nd degree black belt. He has had a passion for the martial arts since a child and was involved as a student, instructor and program coordinator at the Buffalo Dojo Karate for 7 years. Mr. Morse has competed in multiple state tournaments, placing 1st in both traditional forms and sparring. Mr. Morse is the head instructor and operator at the Maple Grove location.

 

Medina, MN

Michael Salas

Mr. Salas is a 4th degree Black Belt. He began his martial arts training in 1988 and received his Black Belt at the age of 9. Since the age of 12 Salas has competed locally and nationally in the Black Belt Division. He has won over 12 Grand Championships in open / creative forms and weapons forms. He is the instructor at Dojo Karate’s Medina location.

Derek Lefavor

Mr. LeFavor has been doing karate since the age of 5 years old. He received his Black Belt at the age of 9 years old. He started teaching with Master Salas since 2010 and is currently the head instructor at the Medina location.

 

Monticello, MN

Leonard Zepeda

Mr. Zepeda started martial arts at the age of 5, learning Korean Tang Soo Do. He became a Junior Assistant Instructor at the age of 9 and at 12 he began training in traditional Tae Kwon Do, competing in Olympic style sparring. In 2004 Zepeda received his Black Belt in American Tae Kwon Do and in 2006 received his 2nd Degree Black Belt. He is the instructor at Dojo Karate’s Monticello location.

 

Rogers, MN

Travis Gelhaye

Mr. Gelhaye is an instructor at Dojo Karate's Rogers location.

Ben Kilgard

Mr. Kilgard is an instructor at Dojo Karate’s Medina location.

 

Waconia, MN

Janelle Cote

Ms. Cote is currently a 3rd Degree Black Belt and has competed in the NCKA tournaments since being a Green Belt. At the Black Belt level, she has been ranked 1st in Musical Forms and Creative Forms. She won the 2007 NCKA Women’s -18-29 Grand Champion in Forms while being an avid member and instructor on Team Evolution. Ms. Cote also has experience in gymnastic competition and coaching.  In 2014, she took 1st & 2nd place titles nationally in Traditional Form as well as her 2nd Grand Champion Title in the 18-29 year old womens division.

Tim Zieroth

Mr. Zieroth is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt and has been an active Member of Team Evolution since 2012. He started at the age of 11 and has progressed in our Instructor Training Program to one of the Instructors at Dojo Karate Waconia.


 

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