• FEAR KNOT Martial Arts For Kidz in Elizabethtown, Lancaster, and Mechanicsburg PA: 866-885-6500

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 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!

Briana Sipling

2nd Dan
Head Instructor – Lancaster
Certified Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

Briana originally enrolled with FEAR KNOT as a student in 2008, then joined the instructor corps in 2011. As an instructor, she likes to see how the kids are proud of themselves when they improve their skills. Listening to music, reading, tennis and spending time with her family are tops on her list of things to do.

Dixie Evans

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.

Dee Nevills

2nd Dan (1st Dan Kukkiwon)
Martial Arts Instructor
Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

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.

Cindy Price

2nd Dan
Assistant Martial Arts Instructor
Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

A senior at Donegal High School, Cindy has been with FEAR KNOT since enrolling in the Elizabethtown school's Karate Kidz program in 2006. She decided to join the instructor ranks because she gets to teach little kids what she's learned. Saying that training at FEAR KNOT has changed her life, she wants to do the same for other kids. When Cindy isn't prowling the training floor, she enjoys baton, reading and writing.

Chase Clements

2nd Dan Taekwondo
Assistant Martial Arts Instructor
Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

A junior 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.

Brian Lobel

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.

Arriane Hanna

1st Dan
Assistant Martial Arts Instructor
Certified Little Ninjas Instructor
Assistant Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

A sophomore at Elizabethtown Area High School, Arriane has been at Fear Knot since 2012. A dedicated student, she loves working with the younger kids and really enjoys the job. Arriane is also a member of our Leadership program so the junior instructor position meshes well with her leadership training. Besides her activities here, she also has an interest in mixed martial arts, plays electric guitar and dances.

Chris Keller

1st Gup
Assistant Martial Arts Instructor
Assistant Youth Developmental Programs Instructor

Chris comes to FEAR KNOT with two years 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.

Angela Melendez

1st Gup
Assistant Developmental Programs Instructor

A graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School, Angela first joined Fear Knot as a student when she was 13. After taking some time off, she returned to the school in 2016 to resume her training. Angela has joined the instructor corps because of her passion for the martial arts. With a goal of passing on her knowledge, she enjoys teaching others and learning about herself in the process. When she’s not at Fear Knot, Angela enjoys the arts, music, dancing, along with spending time with friends and family.


Junior Instructors

Maddy Weeks

Junior Instructor
Certified Little Ninjas Prep Course Instructor

A 7th grader at Elizabethtown Area Middle School, Maddy joined FEAR KNOT in 2008 when she enrolled in the Little Ninjas Prep Course. She was 3 years old. During her time here, Maddy has graduated from each of our developmental programs and advanced through the youth program to earn her Junior Blackbelt. She says that teaching the other kids reminds her of when she was that little and thinks it's fantastic to do something you love. When she's not here or taking care of her school work, Maddy plays French horn and enjoys playing soccer and riding her bike.

J.R. Mizerak

2nd Dan
Junior Instructor

An 8th grader at Mechanicsburg Middle School, J.R. began as a student in FEAR KNOT's Little Ninjas program. Now in the Leadership Program, he enjoys helping the younger students in their classes. As a student, J.R. enjoys learning the advanced weapon skills and leadership lessons. When he's not in uniform, J.R. works on his school studies (math, reading, & science) and participates in a variety of youth sports.

Jarrett Fry

1st Dan
Junior Instructor

An 8th grader at Eagle View Middle School, Jarrett has been with Fear Knot since 2011 when he enrolled in the Karate Kidz Program. He decided to join the instructor corps because he wanted to put his leadership program skills to the test by working with the younger students. Jarrett has a great time teaching the students and when he’s not on the floor Jarrett practices his videography, hunts, and sometimes breaks out the rod and reel.

Khalil Hamid

Junior Blackbelt
Junior Instructor

A 9th grader at Manheim Township High School, Khalil joined the school in early 2014. He decided to become a junior instructor because he loves the program and the experiences he's had at the school. Like many of the other instructors, Khalil enjoys working with the younger students and helping them progress in their training. He says teaching is a learning experience for him. Besides this being "his thing", Khalil likes to hang out with his friends.

Alex Finn

Junior Blackbelt
Junior Instructor

A freshman at Cumberland Valley High school, Alex joined the junior instructor corps in 2015. He loves helping out and critiquing, and says the kids can be really funny sometimes. Also satisfying for Alex is the friendships he's developing with the kids. When he's not on the training floor, Alex is in his studio playing piano, guitar, bass, and drums. He's also branching out into photography and building cities on his computer.

Brianna Hughes

Junior Blackbelt
Junior Instructor

A 6th grader at Donegal Intermediate School, Brianna has been with Fear Knot since she was 3-years-old. Having graduated each of our developmental programs she became a junior instructor because she enjoys working with the little kids. This is Brianna's favorite thing to do and love's being around others. Besides her training, Brianna is in Girl Scouts, swims, rides horses, writes, sings and "lots more".

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