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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!


Ji 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 1966 Mustang GT, 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



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.



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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


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