MICHAEL KNOWLES - HEAD INSTRUCTOR, MASTER LEVEL
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.
ZAKHAR SHTEYNBERG - ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR, MASTER LEVEL
Zakhar has been training in Martial Arts for 16 years. At the age of 4, he moved with his family from Russia to Los Angeles. He currently attends Santa Monica College with the goal of attaining a Bachelor's Degree in Business with a focus on Marketing. Apart from his studies, he practices his Martial Arts as much as possible. He has practiced the Korean Martial Art of Soo Bahk Do/Tang Soo Do for 16 years, attaining the rank of Master (4th Degree Black Belt) at 21 yrs old. He has also studied the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu for over two years, earning his blue belt at the age of 17. Martial Arts as a whole has helped him become a more focused and driven individual. He strives to create positive change in his own life as well as instilling positivity in the lives of others around him. Zakhar will be testing for his 5th Degree Black Belt in Fall 2019.
MICHELLE SHTEYNBERG - ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR, DAN LEVEL
Michelle is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt in the Korean Martial Art of Soo Bahk Do/ Tang Soo Do. She began her training in 2009 at 6yrs old. Her interest in the martial arts was piqued after seeing her older brother (Zakhar) earn his black belt, met his goals and achievements, and how the art changed him in so many positive ways. Michelle also trained in dance for 4yrs, sometimes doing both activities in the same time period. She received her 1st Degree Black Belt at 10yrs old, and her 2nd Degree Black Belt two years later. She is currently training and assisting teaching at Knowles Karate Academy. Michelle credits her 7 years training in Tang Soo Do to her learning self-discipline, self-control, and confidence in every day life. She will be testing for her 3rd Degree Black Belt in Spring 2018.
ZACHARY ZERRIES - ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR, DAN LEVEL
Zach has been training in martial arts for seven years and is a 2nd 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 Green 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 HUYNH-KNOWLES - ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR, RED BELT LEVEL
Kathy began her Martial Arts training when she and Michael opened Knowles Karate Academy in June 2016 and has since attained her Red Belt with 2 stripes. 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.
ANGELA PARKES - ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR, GREEN BELT LEVEL
Having explored Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing while earning an art degree in college, Angela felt that further training in self-defense would be valuable. She began taking the Women's Self-Defense classes at Knowles Karate Academy shortly after the studio opened and feels that the training immediately began to make a positive difference in how safe and secure she felt and in turn, her confidence. After a few weeks of training in Women's Self-Defense and nothing the effectiveness of the techniques derived from Karate, she joined in the Karate classes as well and has since earned her Green Belt. Angela enjoys being able to assist with instructing the Women's Self-Defense Program and hopes to help others receive the value she feels she has gained from it.