Master Hourscht has over 20 years experience in the Martial Arts. He received his Black Belt in 1993, 2nd degree in 1996, 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.” Master Hourscht's passion is watching family grow and train together.
Ms. Frydenlund has loved Karate since she was very young, and has been participating in the sport for about 10 years. She received her Black Belt in March of 2012 and her 2nd degree Black Belt in March of 2014. She is an instructor at the Buffalo Dojo Karate and enjoys working on her forms, but has a passion for watching her student excel in their classes and reach the next belt level.
Master Stormoen received his Black Belt in 1998, his 2nd degree in June of 2000, 3rd degree in 2003, 4th degree in March of 2009 and 5th degree Black Belt in October 2014. He has been actively involved in karate for over 15 years, and has 4 years experience in jiu-jitsu. Master Stormoen's passion lies in watching students grow their skills and become teachers themselves. Previously, Master Stormoen taught gymnasts for 7 years. As a competitor, Master 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.”
Mr. Duncan is a full instructor at the Elk River location. He was an assistant instructor for the previous five years and has been practicing Karate for over 11 years. His favorite aspects of Karate and teaching include watching kids and adults grow their skills and learn new things. Mr. Duncan's passion lies in receiving a new curriculum and pushing himself to the next level.
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 school director at the Maple Grove location.
Master Salas received his 5th degree Black Belt in October of 2012. 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 and strives to create leaders and athletes that continue grow and succeed.
Mr. Lefavor has been practicing karate since he was five years old and is currently training to receive his 5th degree black belt within the next year. He started with his father and they have been training together ever since. Mr. Lefavor was bullied throughout his child and young adulthood and karate provided an outlet for him, showed him that bullying is not okay and there are other people going through the same experience while helping him build his confidence. His passion lies in providing his students with the ability to get through those experiences and giving them a support system as someone that understands. He is also very focused on the fitness aspect of karate and has let the skills and lessons learned through karate guide his lifestyle.
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 TaeKwonDo, competing in Olympic style sparring. In 2004 Zepeda received his Black Belt in American TaeKwonDo. He received his 2nd Degree Black Belt in 2006, 3rd degree in 2009 and 4th degree in 2014. He is the instructor at Dojo Karate’s Monticello location and coaches the sparring team, pushing them to participate in more competitions to further grow their skills. Mr. Zepeda's passion also lies in watching his children grow up participating in martial arts, among other activities.
Mr. Gelhaye currently instructs students at the Rogers location, but began his Dojo career in Waconia and has also taught at Elk River and Buffalo. Because of this, Mr. Gelhaye is an extremely diverse instructor and has invaluable experience. He has consistently placed in 1st or 2nd place in traditional and creative forms competitions since he was a teenager and was the 2012 Chicago Open Grand Champion in creative forms. Personally, he loves working hard and seeing his progression and his favorite part about teaching is being able to help someone each day, catering to what his students want and need.
Ms. Cote received her 4th degree black belt in October of 2014 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. Ms. Cote is currently representing Team USA.
Mr. Falenschek has been practicing various forms of martial arts since he was 13 years old, including Traditional Taekwondo, Judo, American Taekwondo and Karate. Mr. Falenschek, Master Hourscht and Master Stormoen have been working together since 2010 to develop the current Dojo Karate kickboxing curriculum. Mr. Falenschek has been an amateur kickboxer for multiple years and thoroughly enjoys the sport. He works closely with Dojo students that are inspired to become kickboxers. Mr. Falenschek also teaches classic and traditional Karate classes at many of the Dojo locations. He is very detail-oriented and gains a tremendous satisfaction watching children learn, progress and master new skills and techniques.