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SHIHAN THERON FEIDT - 6TH DEGREE BLACK BELT - MASTER INSTRUCTOR

Shihan Feidt has been training in the Martial Arts since 1982. He has achieved the rank of 6th degree black belt. His whole family is involved in the dojo. His wife is a 4th Degree Elite Force Leader, his daughter is very involved with all the activities, and his son is a 2nd Degree Black Belt.

 

Shihan Feidt has many outstanding accomplishments. He completed the Anthony Robbins Unleash The Power Within Event, an intensive 4 day training session covering leadership, health, motivation, energy and much more. The 4 days include The Fire Walk Experience, where Shihan walked across 25 yards of hot coals. He also Co-founded Achieve Results NOW!, a podcast, coaching and consulting company, founded in 2016.

 

Shihan is also 1 of the original 3 to become part of the Masters' Council in Central New York. He is also very diverse in his Martial Arts training, he’s a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, certified Level Two Instructor in Kali, has extensive training in Muay Thai, Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, Boxing, and Vale Tu Do.

 

Shihan is also very involved in the community. Through the years our dojo has raised money, food, and supplies for people in need in our local community. In the past, our dojo participated with the Make-a-Wish foundation, America Heart Association Heart Walks, Relay For Life, as well as the Salvation Army Holiday Drive.

 

He feels, “We make the community better, one Black Belt at a time!

Sensei Dave Baker is a 5th Degree Black Belt and started his trained since 1994.

What's your favorite Martial Arts discipline? Krav Maga, Sparring and Arnis

What are your future aspirations? Build the Krav Maga program along with our Martial Arts program so it's the premier place to go for self defense.

 

What was your favorite training moment? Training with my friends and family and achieving goals with them.

 

What is your favorite weapon? Nunchaku

 

What other sports or activities do you do? Family is a big part of my life, being outdoors, video gaming.

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you? It was a goal I always wanted to achieve. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment, and made me start on a healthy fulfilling lifestyle.

What is your favorite quote? ” That which is most essential, is invisible to the eye."

 

Any additional information you want to share?  My family participated in the martial arts, my wife achieving her second degree and both of my kids got their high-red belts. Families that kick together, stick together!

Sensei Jim McGarvey is a 4th Degree Black Belt and started his training in 1988.

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What's your favorite Martial Arts discipline? I think what makes our system so great is being able to train in many styles. I love the traditional style of Kenpo, the intensity and effectiveness of Krav Maga, the flow of Jiu Jitsu, while Arnis is another one of my favorites for its weapons handling.

 

What are your future aspirations? Continue to train and develop my skills along with helping students grow and accomplish their goals as well. I have a passion for the Martial Arts lifestyle and would like to make it even more a part of my life - both personally and professionally.

 

What was your favorite training moment? There are many. I would say one of my favorites happened recently when my wife Leslie and I were able to perform on stage together during my 4th Degree Black Belt Graduation.

 

What is your favorite weapon? Currently Kamas, but Bo and Sword are a close second.

 

What other sports or activities do you do? Running, working out, SCUBA diving, boating, travel, hiking, concerts, video games, music, and more!

 

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you? It not only gave me a huge boost in confidence and feeling of accomplishment it fired me up to continue my training, set new goals, and push for higher levels of excellence.

 

What is your favorite quote? I have many, but one that I really like that is very true and adds in some humor is “People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar

 

Any additional information you want to share? Like so many who live the Martial Arts lifestyle I am thankful for the training I receive, the people I can help because of my training, the lifelong friendships I have developed, and the positive impacts it has had on my life both mentally and physically.

Deshi Mark Cardone is a 5th Degree Black Belt and started his training in 1986.

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What are your future aspirations? To continue to use the leadership and life management tools I learned through martial arts training to have a positive impact on people in their personal and professional lives. 

 

What was your favorite training moment? Every moment! 

 

What is your favorite weapon? Chucks

 

What other sports or activities do you do? I love spending time being active with my two daughters. I am active in the Liverpool School District PTO, I serve on the board for Edge Federal Credit Union, own a commercial real estate company, and co-own a personal results company called Achieve Results NOW!

 

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you? The only thing I remember thinking when I received my 1st degree black belt was “Oh Boy!  Now I am going to learn some super cool stuff.”  It really signified taking a step into a leadership role. 

What is your favorite quote? One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it. – Master Oogway_

Deshi Ryan Meyers is a 5th Degree Black Belt and started his training in 1999.
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What's your favorite Martial Arts discipline? Kenpo for sure.

 

What are your future aspirations? I want to own my own Dojo some day.

 

What is your favorite weapon? Sword

 

What other sports or activities do you do? I use to play football.

 

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you? it meant that if I set my mind to a goal I can achieve anything. It also showed that hard work pays off.

 

What is your favorite quote? "Do or do not. There is no try."- Yoda

 

 

 

 

 

Deshi Donalea Maloney is a 4th Degree Black Belt and started her training in 2006.

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What's your favorite Martial Arts discipline? I really don't have a favorite, what I love is that we get to train on everything because we have a blended system.  I do however love sparring, hitting targets and anything to do with self defense.  

What are your future aspirations?  I am looking forward to beginning my training for my 5th Degree Blackbelt in January 2023.  I love to be able to continue to help our students obtain their goals that they have set for themselves in the martial arts.  Whether that be earning a new belt or stepping into the ring.  I look forward to continuing to work with the instructor team and Shihan Feidt to earn the title of Sensei. 

What was your favorite training moment?  I have lots!  Some involve me, most involve our students obtaining a goal they set for themselves.  For me - earning my 4th degree blackbelt, my daughter Jordyn earning her 4th degree blackbelt after graduating from Syracuse University and winning the 2014 WKA Lightweight North American Tournament Champion Belt.  Really the best moment ever is having made lifelong friends from training at the dojo. 

 

What is your favorite weapon?  Chuks

 

What other sports or activities do you do?  Playing golf, pickleball, traveling, scrapbooking - I love photos 

 

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you? It was a huge sense of accomplishment, I was very proud to have set a goal and achieved that goal in 3 years, it was just the beginning of a whole new world for me as an adult and realizing my potential in the fitness world and being able to help motivate others to achieve their goals.

What is your favorite quote?  "Live every moment, Laugh every day & Love beyond words."

 I am thankful that martial arts came into my and Jordyn’s life. Martial Arts has helped us both become better athletes and people. We have made lifelong friends at the dojo and I would not want to be anywhere else.

Guro Michael Koch is a 5th Degree Black Belt and started his training in 1992.

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What's your favorite Martial Arts discipline? Krav Maga

 

What are your future aspirations? Getting my Black Belt in Krav Maga and continue to grow in the martial arts as a student and instructor.

 

What was your favorite training moment?  When I broke my first brick in the martial arts.

What is your favorite weapon? Sword

 

What other sports or activities do you do? I enjoy riding motorcycles and going to car shows.

 

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you?  It was a very proud moment for me. It proved to me that I can accomplish anything when I work hard enough.

What is your favorite quote? "Goals we set, are goals we get!"

 

Mr. Koch is one of our Krav Maga Instructor and is a certified Black Belt from Krav Maga Alliance and a Level 2 Instructor.

Ms. Emma Meyers is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and started her training in 2010.

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What's your favorite Martial Arts discipline? Kenpo

 

What are your future aspirations? Within the dojo, I want to keep being involved and help others with their martial arts journey’s. I also hope to earn my 3rd Degree Black Belt after I finish college Outside of the dojo, I plan to finish my degree in management from Siena College and hopefully work with nonprofit organizations.

 

What was your favorite training moment?  Being told I was getting my 1st degree Black Belt. I truly believe that it was one of the happiest moments in my life.

What is your favorite weapon? Chuks

 

What other sports or activities do you do?  I still play a little softball for fun and I hope to help coach one day. I also enjoy raising and caring for our goats at home.

 

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you?  It really meant so much. First of all, it really showed me that I can do anything that I put my mind to and that anything is possible. I also believe it set off a sequence of events that has made me who I am today.

What is your favorite quote?  “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” -Brené Brown

 

Although I am still very young, Martial Arts has been something that has influenced me for most of my life. It provides discipline and structure that can be used in school and other activities. The dojo is a place that inspires me and pushes me to be better and that is something I want everyone to be able to experience. 

Ms.  Maura Lisson is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and started her training in 1997.

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What's your favorite Martial Arts Discipline? Kenpo

What are your future aspirations? In the dojo, continue to constantly train, keep learning new things and continue growing as an instructor.

What is your favorite training moment? There are a lot of favorite moments. I think for one being able to meet and train with amazing people as well as breaking through my 1st Degree board.

What is your favorite weapon? Kamas

What other sports or activities do you do? I am an adjunct professor at SU and a freelancer. I also like to practice hand lettering and spend time with my family and friends.

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you? Achieving 1st Degree showed me how to persevere and never give up when things get hard. It was probably the first big goal I set and achieved when I was younger. It taught me so much that continues both on and off the mats.

What is your favorite quote? "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."

My Mom trains in the Krav Maga and KickFIT programs. My sister also trained and achieved her 2nd Degree Black Belt.

Ms.  Adriana Smith is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and started her training in 2012.

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What's your favorite Martial Arts Discipline? Karate and Jiu-Jitsu

What are your future aspirations? I want to be a great instructor, then I plan to go to college for Interior Design.

What is your favorite training moment? My favorite training moment was being in cycle for my Black Belt and achieving it with my friends.

What is your favorite weapon? Chuks

What other sports or activities do you do? I used to do dance, swim, girl scouts, act, model and play soccer.

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you? Achieving my Black Belt helped me learn not to give up when things get hard. It meant a lot to me and showed me I can do a lot if I put in the effort.

What is your favorite quote? "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."

I started as a  Little Dragon and have wanted to become an Instructor since I was very young. I love working with the students!

My Mom trains in the program. My sister also trains and is a  Black Belt.

Mr. Devin Botsford is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and started his training in 2011.

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What's your favorite Martial Arts Discipline? Kenpo

What are your future aspirations? I want to be the best instructor I can be.

What is your favorite training moment? My favorite training moment was when I finally got my run time under 16 minutes. I felt awesome afterwards!

What is your favorite weapon? Sword

What other sports or activities do you do? Just Martial Arts.

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you? Reaching 1st degree Black Belt meant that I had finally achieved my goal! It also meant all of my hard work paid off.

What is your favorite quote? "The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself." - Sun Tzu

My sister is currently a Little Dragon at Team Feidt.

Ms. Olivia Arnold is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and started her training in 2016.

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What's your favorite Martial Arts Discipline? Hyper

What are your future aspirations? I want to go to Princeton or Yale. If that doesn't work out, then Duke for Enviromental Sciences.

What is your favorite training moment?  Saturday Candidate classes for my 2nd Degree, my team was great. It was always an amazing time.

What is your favorite weapon? Bo Staff

What other sports or activities do you do? I focus more on school, other than karate.

What did achieving 1st degree Black Belt mean to you?  So much to me because I worked so hard for it. I felt like I finally achieved something big and I gained so much confidence.

What is your favorite quote? "Whatever you do, always give 100% unless you're donating blood." - Bill Murray

I am taking college classes a year earlier and I have all honors and AP classes, other than math.

KRAV MAGA INSTRUCTOR TEAM

Lead Krav Maga Instructor

Guro Michael Koch

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Guro Koch is a 5th Degree Black Belt under Shihan Theron Feidt and started his training in 1992.
Guro Koch is our Lead Krav Maga Instructor, a Krav Maga Alliance Black Belt and is a certified Level 2 Instructor with Krav Maga Alliance.

Guro Koch is the first and ONLY Krav Maga Alliance Black Belt in upstate New York. He is also a Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has recently completed 2 Muay Thai fights, both over the age of 50!

Krav Maga Instructor

Sensei David Baker

Sensei Baker is a 5th Degree Black Belt under Shihan Theron Feidt and started his training in 1994.
Sensei Baker is a certified Krav Maga Alliance  Instructor and has over 25 years of teaching experience.

Sensei Baker is trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kali, Muay Thai, American Kickboxing, Kenpo and many more. He has a passion for martial arts, a passion for teaching and a dedication for making his students better martial artists.

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Krav Maga Fitness & Fight Instructor

Deshi Donalea Maloney

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Deshi Maloney is a 4th Degree Black Belt under Shihan Theron Feidt and started her training in 2006. 

Deshi Maloney is our Lead Fitness Coach for our KickFIT program, Fight Training program, and for our students in training for their Black Belts. She is also our lead Fight Trainer with 9 fights in the ring herself, and training countless others for their turn in the ring. Earning the title of North American World Kickboxing Association Lightweight Tournament Champion in 2014, Deshi DL has since retired from fighting, however she is very active with her own training and the training of others.

Krav Maga Assistant Instructors

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Colleen Lisson

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Janet Schell

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David DiCarlo

RUN COACHES

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Coach Jeffrey Wallace

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Coach Steph Maturo

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Coach Robert Trent

Lead Run Coach