• FEAR KNOT Martial Arts For Kidz in Elizabethtown, Lancaster, and Mechanicsburg PA: 717-361-9788

Instructors

Master Keith Wilkes

5th Dan Kukkiwon
Kwan Jang Nim (Head of Schools)

Master Wilkes began his Taekwondo training at the age of 15 within the International Taekwondo Federation in Denver, Colorado. A published author and speaker, he is one of the first 100 martial artists to pass the Instructor Certification requirements of the American Council on Martial Arts Instructor Certification program. Master Wilkes earned an A.S. in General Studies from Vincennes University in 1980 and a B.A. in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1990. Besides the martial arts, he enjoys gardening, playing golf and spending time with his wife.

Greg Spotts

4th Dan Kukkiwon
1st Degree Kung Fu
Head Instructor – Mechanicsburg
Certified Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

A full-time instructor, Greg joined FEAR KNOT in 2007 after studying Taekwondo in the area for several years. Greg says its exciting to have the opportunity to help our younger students along in their martial arts journey. Having a life-long passion for the martial arts and drive to be a professional instructor, this is 'his thing'. Oh, and Go Eagles!

Dee Nevills

2nd Dan (1st Dan Kukkiwon)
Co-Head Instructor - Lancaster

With a degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado State University, Dee has made a career change after 20 years in the public safety/security sector. Coming to Fear Knot because she likes the positive atmosphere and friendly people at our schools, Dee enjoys helping others and being able to teach something that she's passionate about. Heading out on a dirt bike or ATV are her outside interests. At home she spends time with her family, decorates and collects antiques.

Chase Clements

2nd Dan
Co-Head Instructor - Lancaster

A senior at Elizabethtown Area High School, Chase has been with FEAR KNOT since enrolling on our Pre-Ninjas program at 3 years old (2003). He enjoys his training because it gives him a chance to meet new people. Chase decided to help with classes because he likes helping others learn the things he's learned over the years. Other than martial arts, Chase plays lacrosse.

Dixie Evans

3rd Dan (2nd Dan Kukkiwon)
Assistant Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

A retired business owner, Dixie joined FEAR KNOT in 2010 for the physical and mental energy gained in learning martial arts. She decided to become an instructor to pass on the enjoyment and self-confidence of learning Taekwondo. As the 'senior' member of the staff, Dixie has diverse interests that include volleyball, swimming, playing the piano and 'aiding and abetting' her grandchildren.

Brian Lobel

3rd Dan (2nd Dan Kukkiwon)
Assistant Martial Arts Instructor
Assistant Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

A project architect with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Assoc., Brian has B.A. in Art (Graphic Design) from Millersville University. He decided to join FEAR KNOT's instructor corps after watching the positive effects the school's programs had on his son. He says he likes to help motivate the students to push themselves and do their best everyday. When he's not at FEAR KNOT, Brian enjoys bicycling, running, traveling and reading.

Chris Keller

1st Gup
Assistant Martial Arts Instructor
Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

Chris comes to FEAR KNOT with prior experience studying Isshinryu Karate. He joined the team because of his love for the martial arts and the positive qualities it instills. Chris also wants the chance to teach those values to the kids and help them better themselves. His other interests include watching football. He's also a gamer.

Jeremiah McGowan

1st Gup
Assistant Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

Holding a M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, a B.S. from Grantham University, and a B.A. from Lancaster Bible College, Jeremiah has been a student with Fear Knot since 2015. He also has watched his daughter move up through the school's developmental and self defense programs. Jeremiah decided to finally join the instructor group after watching how the programs benefitted his daughter. He says he also enjoys watching the students learn and grow as they progress through the programs. When he's not working with the students, Jeremiah enjoys spending time with his family.


Junior Instructors

Maddy Weeks

2nd Dan
Certified Little Ninjas Prep Course Instructor

An 8th grader at Elizabethtown Middle School, Maddy has been with Fear Knot since she was 3 years old and helping with classes since she was 9. She loves working with the children, wants to share her skills and says they brighten up her day. Outside the school, Maddy plays French horn in concert and jazz bands along with dabbling in art and writing songs. She also plays ukulele and keyboard.

Ethan Codner

Recommended Blackbelt

A 9th grader Cumberland Valley High School, Ethan joined the junior instructor corps in 2017. A student since 2012, he decided to teach to improve his leadership skills. Like many of our instructors, martial arts is Ethan's passion and he jumped at the chance to help the younger students. When he's not working with the kids Ethan plays guitar, hikes around the woods, and "like any other teenage guy", plays video games.

Alexander Gassis

Recommended Blackbelt

In the 8th grade, Alex is educating himself at Reach Cyber Charter School. With Fear Knot since 2013, he decided to join the junior instructor program to help other students in their own individual quest to master martial arts. Alex works every class to make a difference in each of his student's path to success along with teaching himself new things. Outside the school, he swims and plays basketball and also has an interest in robotics and computer gaming.

Katarina Dovat

Junior Blackbelt

A junior at Hershey High School, Katarina joined Fear Knot in 2012 when she enrolled in the school’s TKD program. She decided to join the junior instructor ranks because she enjoys teaching and passing down her knowledge. Katarina also says teaching gives her a chance to meet and interact with new people. Aside from helping Fear Knot’s students, she also volunteers at Hershey Medical Center and is a volunteer instructor for the Hershey Figure Skating Club’s “Learn to Skate” program.

Allison Gantz

1st Gup

A 5th grader at Donegal Elementary School. Allison has been with Fear Knot since joining the Karate Kidz program when she was 8 years old. She decided to join the apprenticeship program because she's had fun learning martial arts and wants to help other kids have fun learning those skills as well. When she's out of the school Allison enjoys swimming, riding motorcycles, going to the family cabin, and playing with her friends.

Logan Koch

1st Gup

A 5th grader at Bear Creek Elementary, Logan has been with Fear Knot since joining the little Ninjas program in 2013. He decided to join the instructor corps to help the other students improve their skills and to set a positive example for the younger students. When he's not hanging out at the Elizabethtown school, Logan plays football, baseball, and other sports along with playing video game and hanging out with his friends and family.

Gracin Smith

3rd Gup

In the 7th grade at Elizabethtown Area Middle School, Gracin decided to become a junior instructor to improve his leadership skills. He's also looking forward to making new friends while helping out the younger students. When he's not at Fear Knot, Gracin hits the trails with his mountain bike.

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