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Buffalo, MN

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Master Chris Hourscht

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, his 5th degree Black Belt in 2009 and his 6th degree Black Belt in 2018. 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.

Phone: 763-684-1000

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Hunter Newman

Mr. Newman has been involved with Dojo Karate since 2006, when he began his martial arts training at 7 years old. He’s been training in Karate ever since and is now the head instructor at Dojo’s Buffalo location, though he’s also instructed at the Rogers location. Mr. Newman received his Black Belt in 2010, his 2nd degree Black Belt in 2015, and 3rd degree in 2018. He has earned multiple grand championships in both traditional form and sparring competitions through Dojo Karate. As an instructor, he has taught every class Dojo Karate has to offer to students of all ages, including his personal favorite—sparring. Mr. Newman loves to help students become the best versions of themselves, both mentally and physically. He enjoys seeing students reach the next level in all that they do, growing into leaders both in martial arts and their lives outside of Dojo.

Master John Falenschek

Master Falenschek has been practicing various forms of martial arts since he was 13 years old, including Traditional Taekwondo, Judo, American Taekwondo and Karate. Master Falenschek, Master Hourscht and Master Stormoen have been working together since 2010 to develop the current Dojo Karate kickboxing curriculum. Master 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. Master 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.

Nykolas D'Heilly

Instructor at the Buffalo location and the Monticello location.

Elk River, MN

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Master Keith Stormoen

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.”

Phone: 763-441-2467

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Dalton Duncan

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.

Phone: 763-441-2467

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Master John Falenschek

Master Falenschek has been practicing various forms of martial arts since he was 13 years old, including Traditional Taekwondo, Judo, American Taekwondo and Karate. Master Falenschek, Master Hourscht and Master Stormoen have been working together since 2010 to develop the current Dojo Karate kickboxing curriculum. Master 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. Master 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.

Nykolas D'Heilly

Instructor at the Buffalo location and the Monticello location.

Maple Grove, MN

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John Morse

Mr. Morse is currently a 3rd 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.

Phone: 763-955-3656

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Master John Falenschek

Master Falenschek has been practicing various forms of martial arts since he was 13 years old, including Traditional Taekwondo, Judo, American Taekwondo and Karate. Master Falenschek, Master Hourscht and Master Stormoen have been working together since 2010 to develop the current Dojo Karate kickboxing curriculum. Master 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. Master 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.

Nykolas D'Heilly

Instructor at the Buffalo location and the Monticello location.

Medina, MN

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Master Michael Salas

Master Salas received his 6th degree Black Belt in October 2017. 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 and Rogers locations and strives to create leaders and athletes that continue grow and succeed.

Phone: 763-478-4968

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Javier Franco

Mr. Franco began his martial arts training at age 15 with kung fu and wushu. He was also training in boxing, which he started at age 13. Mr. Franco received his Black Belt in 2001 and took 3rd place in sparring at Diamond Nationals that same year. Prior to that, he earned 1st place in sparring at the 1998 Diamond Nationals (Brown Belt) and 1999 Diamond Nationals (Advanced Brown Belt). He has a 6-0 record as an amateur boxer and a 3-1 record as an amateur kickboxer. In 2006, Mr. Franco began mixed martial arts training and refreshing his boxing skills at Gorilla Combat MMA Gym. He left to continue his Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai training in 2013, winning 2nd place in both Gi and No-Gi Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Mr. Franco returned to Gorilla Combat in 2014 to become a personal trainer, boxing instructor, and sparring partner for professional MMA fighters. In April 2018, he joined Dojo Karate Medina as an instructor.

Sara Molberg

Instructor at the Medina location.

Minnetonka

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Master Leonard Zepeda

Master 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, 4th degree in 2014, and Master Level (5th degree) in May 2019. 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. Master Zepeda's passion also lies in watching his children grow up participating in martial arts, among other activities.

Phone: 763-295-4919

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Master Janelle Cote

Master Cote began her martial arts training with Dojo Karate in 2003. She started teaching at Dojo’s Buffalo location after receiving her Black Belt in 2005. Since then, she has received her 2nd degree Black Belt in 2007, 3rd degree in 2010, 4th in 2014, and Master Level (5th degree) in May 2019. As a competitor, Master Cote is ranked 1st in traditional forms and musical, creative, extreme, and weapons divisions at the Black Belt level in the North Central Karate Association (NCKA) and has received multiple NCKA top competitor awards. She’s ranked 2nd in the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) world circuit in traditional forms and traditional weapons. Ms. Cote also holds over 20 Grand Champion titles and has earned gold, silver, and bronze medals as a representative in the World Karate Commission (WKC) world circuit, where she’s represented Dojo Karate’s Team Evolution as well as Team USA. As an instructor, Ms. Cote has taught classes at the Buffalo, Monticello, Elk River, Medina, and Waconia locations, and is currently the owner/head instructor at Waconia. Her favorite part about teaching at Dojo Karate is the competition and working with students through adaptive martial arts.

Phone: 952-361-5437

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Monticello, MN

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Master Leonard Zepeda

Master 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, 4th degree in 2014, and Master Level (5th degree) in May 2019. 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. Master Zepeda's passion also lies in watching his children grow up participating in martial arts, among other activities.

Phone: 763-295-4919

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Denise Yuker

Ms. Yuker began her martial arts training when she was 35. On top of her regular Karate class, she also trains in sparring, kickboxing, grappling, and various martial arts weapons. Ms. Yuker has been with Dojo Karate since 2007 and became the head instructor at the Monticello location after receiving her Black Belt in 2008. She has since received her 2nd degree Black Belt in 2011, 3rd degree in 2015, and 4th degree in 2018. She teaches the Mighty Tigers/Dragons classes, all the junior and adult classes, sparring, weapons, grappling, and kickboxing. In her time with Dojo, Ms. Yuker has competed in many tournaments and earned many trophies, led Mega teams and a Black Belt team, and is also an instructor for Team Evolution. Her favorite part of teaching at Dojo Karate is watching students of all ages learn the curriculum, especially seeing their excitement as they continue to progress and improve.

Master John Falenschek

Master Falenschek has been practicing various forms of martial arts since he was 13 years old, including Traditional Taekwondo, Judo, American Taekwondo and Karate. Master Falenschek, Master Hourscht and Master Stormoen have been working together since 2010 to develop the current Dojo Karate kickboxing curriculum. Master 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. Master 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.

Nykolas D'Heilly

Instructor at the Buffalo location and the Monticello location.

Rogers, MN

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Master Michael Salas

Master Salas received his 6th degree Black Belt in October 2017. 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 and Rogers locations and strives to create leaders and athletes that continue grow and succeed.

Phone: 763-478-4968

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Gage Morse

Mr. Morse began his martial arts training when he was 15 years old and has been involved with Dojo Karate since 2008. He received his Black Belt in 2011 and is currently the head instructor at Dojo Karate’s Maple Grove and Rogers locations. Throughout his martial arts career, he has competed in both traditional forms and sparring, earning 1stplace at many tournaments in Minnesota and Wisconsin. His favorite part about teaching at Dojo Karate is seeing the success others achieve through their hard work.

Master John Falenschek

Master Falenschek has been practicing various forms of martial arts since he was 13 years old, including Traditional Taekwondo, Judo, American Taekwondo and Karate. Master Falenschek, Master Hourscht and Master Stormoen have been working together since 2010 to develop the current Dojo Karate kickboxing curriculum. Master 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. Master 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.

Waconia, MN

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Master Janelle Cote

Master Cote began her martial arts training with Dojo Karate in 2003. She started teaching at Dojo’s Buffalo location after receiving her Black Belt in 2005. Since then, she has received her 2nd degree Black Belt in 2007, 3rd degree in 2010, 4th in 2014, and Master Level (5th degree) in May 2019. As a competitor, Master Cote is ranked 1st in traditional forms and musical, creative, extreme, and weapons divisions at the Black Belt level in the North Central Karate Association (NCKA) and has received multiple NCKA top competitor awards. She’s ranked 2nd in the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) world circuit in traditional forms and traditional weapons. Ms. Cote also holds over 20 Grand Champion titles and has earned gold, silver, and bronze medals as a representative in the World Karate Commission (WKC) world circuit, where she’s represented Dojo Karate’s Team Evolution as well as Team USA. As an instructor, Ms. Cote has taught classes at the Buffalo, Monticello, Elk River, Medina, and Waconia locations, and is currently the owner/head instructor at Waconia. Her favorite part about teaching at Dojo Karate is the competition and working with students through adaptive martial arts.

Phone: 952-361-5437

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Tim Zieroth

Mr. Zieroth began training with Dojo Karate in 2007 when he was 12 years old. He received his Black Belt in 2011, his 2nd degree in 2013, and 3rd degree in 2017. Mr. Zieroth started teaching at Dojo Karate in 2016 and is now the head instructor at the Waconia location. His favorite part about instructing at Dojo Karate is working with both kids and adults, watching them grow as martial artists and people in the community.