Kuk Sool NY Instructors  Group Shot

At Kuk Sool Greater Rochester, our instructors are all patient, friendly and enthusiastic black belts with years of experience in teaching martial arts. They are passionate about Kuk Sool and eager to help you learn! Our instructors are firm but understanding. They will push you hard, but never to the point of discomfort. Our goal is to get you to realize you’re capable of a lot more than you may have thought!

Master Gary EvartsJi Do Kwang Jahng Nim
Gary Evarts

Kuk Sool Won of Greater Rochester is very proud to have Master Gary Evarts as our head instructor. Master Evarts has more than 35 years of martial arts experience, is a two-time World Champion in Weapons, Forms, and Self-Defense, and has been featured in numerous magazines, including the cover Tae Kwon Do Times. Master Evarts has trained over 200 black belts and works closely with New York State Troopers in fitness and self-defense programs. He is also an adjunct professor at Finger Lakes Community College, where he teaches defensive tactics.

  • Rank: 7th Degree Black Belt
  • His Instructors: Kuk Sa Nim (the founder and Grand Master of Kuk Sool Won) and 9th Degree Master Barry Harmon
  • Schools: Ontario & Williamson
  • Started in Martial Arts: 1976
  • Year Received Black Belt: 1984
  • Favorite Technique: Ki Bon Soo #5
  • Sport Titles: 1990 World Open Championship (Niagara Falls, NY)- Silver; 1990-1992: 5 Times Open National Rated #1 forms, weapons and self defense; 1992: World Open Championship (Atlantic City, NJ)- Silver; 1995: World Kuk Sool Championships (Houston, TX)- 2 Golds
  • Other Martial Arts Accomplishments: 12-page article and featured on the cover of Tae Kwon Do Times; Feature article in Side Kicks Magazine; Pictured twice in Karate Kung Fu Illustrated; Numerous small write ups in Smash, Sport Karate Magazines
  • Martial Arts Goal: To help my instructors become better teachers and more successful than I am in both life and Martial Arts, which in turn will trickle down to their students.
  • Hobbies: Cruising in a 37 Ford street rod, racing cars, riding the chopper and playing basketball.

PKJN JoePyeong Kwang Jahng Nim
Joseph Burnett

  • Rank: 5th Degree Master
  • School: Wolcott
  • Started in Martial Arts: 1984
  • Year Received Black Belt: 1989
  • Favorite Technique: Jee Peng Ee Sool #3
  • Sport Titles: 1995 World Kuk Sool Championship (Houston TX) Technique Champion; 1988 PKL Self-Defense Rated #2 In Region 11
  • Martial Arts Goal: Enhancing my involvement in my community by making it a safer and more positive environment in which families and their children may live.
  • Hobbies: Hunting & Fishing

PKJN BillPyeong Kwang Jahng Nim
William Everett

  • Rank: 5th Degree Master
  • School: Williamson
  • Started in Martial Arts: 1988
  • Year Received Black Belt: 1991
  • Favorite Technique: Too many to choose from!

PSBN SteveSa Bum Nim
Stephen Senecal

  • Rank: 4th Degree Black Belt
  • School: Ontario
  • Started in Martial Arts: 1995
  • Year Received Black Belt: 1998
  • Classes: Steve currently leads sparring and open class on Fridays.

PSBN Mike GerenserPu Sa Bum Nim
Mike Gerenser

  • Rank: 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • School: Ontario
  • Started in Martial Arts: 2001
  • Year Received Black Belt: 2004
  • Favorite Techniques: Ki Bon Bon #6
  • Martial Arts Goal: To constantly strive to become a better student and a better instructor. Kuk Sool has taught me that I’m capable of a lot more than I ever imagined, and I want to pass that empowering knowledge onto my students. If you work hard enough towards a goal, you can accomplish anything.
  • Favorite Hobbies: Photography, traveling, hiking, kayaking, biking
  • Favorite Sport: Baseball
  • Classes: Mike leads Junior and Adult classes on Thursday night at the Ontario location.

PSBN Jason LeePu Sa Bum Nim
Jason Lee

  • Rank: 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • School: Ontario
  • Started in Martial Arts: 2001
  • Year Received Black Belt: 2004
  • Favorite Techniques: Sohn Mohk Soo #10
  • Martial Arts Goal: To set a good example for my son and promote an environment where we can share martial arts with each other. I want to become a better teacher so others can have the same positive experience I was given studying Kuk Sool.
  • Favorite Hobbies: Filmmaking and Writing
  • Favorite Books: Stranger in a Strange Land, Of Mice and Men, On a Pale Horse, Fraternity of the Stone, Killer Angels
  • Classes: Jason runs the children’s programs including the Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons classes, Morning Classes and manages the office for the Ontario Kuk Sool Won Dojahng.

KSN Jessie EvartsKyo Sa Nim
Jessie Evarts

  • Rank: 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • School: Williamson
  • Started in Martial Arts: 1994, when she was just 3 years old!
  • Year Received Black Belt: 2001
  • Martial Arts Goal: To get kids involved in Kuk Sool, a healthy and fun activity!
  • Favorite Subject: Art
  • Favorite Sport: Cheerleading and Gymnastics
  • Classes: Jessie leads after-school programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays

JKN Tom HordinKyo Sa Nim
Tom Hordin

  • Rank: 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • School: Williamson
  • Started in Martial Arts: 2005
  • Year Received Black Belt: 2009
  • Favorite Technique: Ki Bohn Soo #9
  • Hobbies: Fitness and exercise, hiking, languages, playing piano or flute, gardening, woodworking, and collecting books. There is no such thing as having too many interests.
  • Philosophy: Physical and mental flexibility is the key to longevity.
  • Motivational song: Move any Mountain by the Shamen (yes, he knows its dated)
  • Classes: Tom teaches Tiny Tigers, Little Dragons and Adult classes

JKN Mat JewellJo Kyo Nim
Mat Jewell

  • Rank: 1st Degree Black Belt
  • School: Ontario
  • Started in Martial Arts: 2007
  • Year Received Black Belt: 2011
  • Favorite Technique: Too Ki #7
  • Martial Arts Goal: To be healthy physically and mentally. To also be able to give my family something we can do together. Kuk Sool Won has already given us a great network of friends and support!
  • Hobbies: Playing as hard as I work. Also, action and sci-fi movies.
  • Favorite Books: Kuk Sool Won Editions One, Two, and Three of course!
  • Classes: Mat teaches the kids classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as an open class on Tuesday night.