Jason Knight – Chief Instructor
Jason Knight holds a 3rd-degree black-belt in Karate-Do and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. He has won several championships at local and national martial arts competitions, including the State of California Brick Breaking Challenge and the UC Riverside National Championship in Team Kata.
What makes Mr. Knight different from other Karate Teachers
Holding a Master’s Degree in Psychology with over 20 years of experience in the field, Mr. Knight is the leading expert in the process of character development through martial arts training. When Mr. Knight first started training at PMA, he was pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Not long after he started, he noticed an immediate change in his performance as a college student. The training in focus and discipline inherent in karate allowed him to absorb much more in his college classes and the system of progressive challenges with continuous feedback taught him the importance of goal-oriented character developing activities.
Lori Edwards – Certified Instructor
Ms. Edwards has worked with children ages 5-13 in afterschool programs, at summer camps, and in the elementary school setting, teaching everything from science and writing to art and dance since 2003. As a program coordinator for the Institute of Educational Advancement, Ms. Edwards developed programs and workshops for highly gifted children to serve their emotional, social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual needs.
Deanna Sims – Certified Instructor
Deanna Sims has a long history with movement and martial arts. As a professional stunt woman, she has years of training in both unarmed and armed fighting, gymnastics, parkour, and wire work. Besides her continuous training in Karate, she has also trained in Krav Maga, Aikido, Kung Fu, and Systema. She is a recognized Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society Of American Fight Directors as well as a member of the International Stuntman’s Association. She has also spent the last 10 years working with children in various capacities including teaching and assisting stage combat classes, swimming lessons, and private piano lessons, as well as performing at multiple interactive children’s theaters, amusement parks, and live events.
Jessica Reed – Certified Instructor
Jessica Reed has been an ESL teacher and afterschool enrichment teacher since 2012. She has taught yoga, theater, improv, fine art, puppetry, movement/dance and science, as well as tutored at various elementary schools in the LA area. Ms. Reed has trained in martial arts since she was a small child, starting in Kuk Sool Won and Tae Kwon Do, picking up her training again (after years of playing team sports) in high school studying Yang style T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Qigong, and boxing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Arts, and a Certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
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