Michael's training in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan started in 1990 in New Jersey.  After earning his 2nd Degree Black Belt, he moved to NYC to pursue a film career and took a hiatus from Martial Arts.  In 2008, he returned to his Martial Arts training, earning his 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2012, and his 4th Degree Black Belt and Teaching Certification in 2016.  He started training in Tai Chi under Master Samuel Barnes (founder of Tai Chi Works in Beverly Hills) in 2016 and has found it to be a wonderful balance to his martial arts study and a healing component to everyday life.  Michael has always loved teaching, whether it is acting, writing, or filmmaking, and he is proud and honored to be able to add martial arts and tai chi to his teaching repertoire.


Zach has been training in martial arts for seven years and is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do.  He has competed and participated in demonstrations throughout Southern California, and is on track to test for his 3rd DegreeBlack Belt.  Aside from the numerous health benefits, Zach believes training in martial arts has helped him most in discovering an inner peace that seemed elusive for many years.  This has had a profound impact on every aspect of his life, from parenthood, to career, to dealing with every day issues/concerns that arise.  Zach has been teaching for a little more than a year, which he credits with making him a better martial artist.  He is proud to have his daughter, Ava, training at Knowles Karate Academy with him.  Ava was recently promoted to Red Belt and Zach believes her time in the studio has increased her confidence, focus, and discipline.

Born and raised in New York, Zach has been living in LA for 16 years.  He is an avid reader, writer, and sports fan.



Kathy began her Martial Arts training when she and Michael opened Knowles Karate Academy in June 2016 and has since attained her 1st Degree Black Belt.  She is delighted to go on this journey with their son Logan and has seen so many physical and mental benefits for herself, as well as for the kids.  When the Women's Self-Defense classes were added to the studio offering, she joined in that as well.  Being of a small stature, that training has helped her immensely in feeling confident that she can protect herself in a situation against a bigger and stronger attacker.  Kathy assists in the Kids Karate Classes and Women's Self-Defense Classes and enjoys being able to encourage someone to tap into their own inner strength.  As someone who began practicing martial arts in her mid-40's, she believes that age is not a barrier to anything you want to do and learn.