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  Sensei Chuck Bittle



  Sensei Joseph Brown


  Sensei Roger Dabney

Sensei Dabney started American Open Style Karate under Danny W. Wilson at age 14 in Ashland, VA. He had earned the level of first degree black belt by age 17 and started studying the art of Tae Kwon Do at age 22 under World Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Jeff Smith in Alexander, VA, at the Jhoon Rhee Institute. He now holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in American Open Style Karate and a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Some of his other accomplishments include: 1981 Amateur Featherweight Kickboxing Champion; A Chosen Member of the 1984 United States 3-Man Karate Team; 1994 Virginia Welterweight Professional Kickboxing Champion; Ranked in the Top Ten in the World in 1994; 2001 Professional Second Ranked Middleweight Kickboxing Champion.  

Roger is now the Master Instructor of Competitive Edge Karate and has been in the martial arts for more than 31 years. He has been teaching in Henrico’s Far West End for more than 20 years and has worked with the Henrico County School System teaching after school enrichment programs, kid clubs, career days, and occasional classroom visits at the elementary schools as a guest speaker about martial arts.



  Sensei Sam Esposito

Sensei Esposito is a 4th Degree Black Belt certified by the O.M.A.A.  He was awarded with the Instructor of the Year award by the Worldwide Alliance of Martial Artists and inducted into the WAMA Hall of Fame.  Sensei Esposito currently teaches at Team United Martial Arts in Glen Allen, VA.



  Sensei Joe Kortbawi

Sensei Kortbawi began teaching along-side Sensei Rob Wetmore in 1991. While honing his own martial arts skills, he also learned the skills and intricacies of conveying and sharing his vast martial arts knowledge with others.  Sensei Kortbawi now teaches at Leading Edge Martial Arts in Bethlehem, PA.


  Sensei Chris Mack


  Sensei Jose Montes

Sensei Jose Montes has been training in martial arts for almost 35 years. He first started training at the age of five, at his father's school in Puerto Rico. A national delegate and a Judo coach for the 1976 Olympic team, his father was a true martial arts enthusiast, instilling Sensei Montes with the passion and appreciation he has today for the martial arts.  Sensei Montes currently teaches at Tiger Schulmann's MMA in Woodbury, NY.



  Sensei Rob Wetmore

Sensei Wetmore has been teaching in the martial arts since 1991. He has trained in a variety of different styles and has taught at a number of different schools. He opened Leading Edge Martial Arts (Allentown, PA) in June of 2000 with a philosophy free of stylistic and traditional boundaries. He believes that there is always more to learn and room to improve. Leading Edge Martial Arts will continue to evolve as new techniques, concepts and ideas become available.



  Sensei Tyrone Whitsett



  Sensei James Unger


  Sensei Scott Van Dine


  Sensei Rob Villafane

Sensei Robert Villafane began training in the martial arts over 22 years ago. Initially inspired by Bruce Lee movies at a young age, Sensei convinced his parents to enroll him in the nearest martial arts school. Sensei Villafane began training in Tae Kwon Do, before transitioning to karate.  He now teaches at Tiger Schulmann's MMA in Bethlehem, PA.


*Assistant Instructors


  Frances Glasser (Klein)*



  Vanessa Silva (Bush)*

Vanessa has been a martial arts practitioner since 1988 and an instructor since 1991.  She began her training at USA Karate and Fitness in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey and grew with the organization as it evolved into Master Glazier Karate.  She started assisting classes when she was 12 years old and was one of the Assistant Instructors at the Paramus school.  Since MGK, Vanessa has crossed-trained in several martial arts systems including Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, Muay Thai and Kenpo.  She still trains in Hybrid Martial Arts regularly and teaches part-time.  Vanessa is also a martial arts freelance writer and has written articles for the American Federation of Jujitsu and Black Belt Magazine.

Vanessa has been married since 2001 and currently resides in Southern California with her husband, Jason, her son, Matthew and their dog, Krypto.  Currently Vanessa has happily had to put her martial arts training on hold as she is awaiting the arrival of the newest addition to her family (due in January).  She works at one of the top IP law firms in the country and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.



  Connie Slocum



Damion Lawrence*



  Jason Longo*



  Christos Valaveris*


  Matt Geissinger*



  Richard Mhlanga


  Tammy Ahqar (Loehr)


  Pat Allan


  Jenn Hittinger

Jenn began her martial arts training more than 18 years ago. She earned her first degree black belt in 1994 and has been teaching martial arts for more than 10 years. In 1994 she was honored with a picnic/meeting with Vice-President Al Gore for her academic and martial arts excellence. After MGK and brief stays at a few different schools, Jenn has found a home at Leading Edge Martial Arts, Allentown, PA. She has a deep love of the martial arts and enjoys teaching children.



  George Nestroy
  Curtis Corriere

Curtis started training in the Martial Arts in the 4th Grade but didn’t join MGK until his senior year in highschool.  After graduation, Curtis began working as the Office Manager at MGK Bethlehem and was promoted to assistant instructor after receiving his MGK Black Belt.  He continued on as office manager and assistant instructor to Sensei Villafane until the school closed in July 1999.

Curtis moved to Toronto, Ontario shortly after the school closed after receiving a job offer.  He currently lives there working as a computer technician while teaching karate on the side.



STUDENTS & STAFF                                                                                                                          

  Harold S. Reed, Jr.

Harold was the Program Director at the MGK Ramsey school under Sensei Robert Wetmore. Regretfully, his time with the MGK family was short-lived when his school and several others were sold to the Tiger Schulmann chain. (Mar.`96-Dec.`96)

Although he was both "student and staff" for a short period, his time with MGK was one of the major turning points and milestones of his life. Under Sensei Wetmore's guidance and instruction, Harold found his love for helping and guiding children as well as what has become his appreciation for running a business.

After MGK, he did security work until becoming a police officer in 2000. In `06, Harold became a Motivational Speaker; in `07 he released my first book "FIND A WAY TO MAKE A WAY! You're Either Part of the Problem or You're Part of the Solution," and in `07 he became a Certified Professional Life Coach. This year Harold retired from Law Enforcement.

Over the years he has always remained in contact with Sensei Wetmore. He is glad that Facebook has finally brought us all back together!


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