Meet Our Instructors

Master Keith Wilkes

5th Dan Kukkiwon
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.

Dee Nevills

3rd Dan (2nd Dan Kukkiwon)
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.

Brian Lobel

3rd Dan (Kukkiwon)
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.

Mike Hoffman

2nd Dan (Kukkiwon)
Earning an A.S. in Specialized Technology from The Bradley Institute of Graphic Design Mike is a technical analyst for Capital Blue Cross. He made martial arts a family affair when he began training in 2014. Mike's two children are also students at Fear Knot. He decided to become an instructor to share his knowledge with the younger students and help them become good members of their communities. When Mike's not hanging out at FEAR KNOT, he enjoys being creative, plays golf, and fiddles around on the computer.

Chase Clements

2nd Dan
A sophomore at West Virginia University, 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.

Nate Marquart

2nd Dan

Daniel Morris

1st Dan
Dan joins FEAR KNOT with a MBA from Eastern University. He also spent time in the marine corps and has background in law enforcement security and business management. A life-long dream of teaching martial arts led Dan to join the team. He especially enjoys working with younger students because of the impact martial arts had on him as a child. Outside of the school, Dan enjoys movies and cooking with his daughters, going to bookstores, tubing, shooting, & "lifting".

Alex Gassis

1st Dan
In the 10th 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 Black Belt
A freshman at Penn State Harrisburg, 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.

Chris Keller

1st Gup
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.

Stefi Morris

5th Gup
A graduate of the Circle in Harrisburg, Stefi came to FEAR KNOT because she enjoys the martial arts and loves working with kids. Wanting to shape our students into great martial artists, Stefi also wants to help them to become well rounded adults. When she's not hanging around the school, she enjoys watching hockey, going to the ballet along with the gym.

Junior Instructors

Mark Walter

2nd Dan Kukkiwon
A 9th grader at Elizabethtown Area High School, Mark has been with Fear Knot since he was a Little Ninja. He joined the instructor corps to teach the students not only martial arts skills but the skills they'll need outside the school to become successful adults. Mark also points out that Taekwondo training promotes good habits like responsibility and discipline. When he's out and about, Mark enjoys cycling, skateboarding, and taking the horse out for a ride.

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