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Our Trainers & Instructors

Bart L. Ganster

Bart L. Ganster

shihan

Bart L. Ganster

shihan

46 Years In The Martial Arts Serving Berks County and Surrounding Areas For Over 36 Years Founded The Ganster Karate System in September 1980 Awards, Ranks & Memberships Three Time Man Of Honor Awards 1995 Pennsylvania Karate Hall Of Fame 1999 World Karate Hall Of Fame “Master Of The Year” 2004 Sport Karate Living Legends Hall Of Fame “Living Legend Award” 2009 United Martial Arts Association “Grand Master Of The Year” 2011 “Jame Martin” Cup, PA Keystone State Games 2014 World Karate Hall Of Fame “Golden Lifetime Achievement” 2017 World Karate Hall of Fame “Man of Honor” 2015 Line Up Of The Masters “Icon” Award Belt Ranks 2nd Degree Black Belt Okinawa Kenpo 5th Degree Black Belt Tang Soo Do 8th Degree Black Belt Isshin Ryu 10th Degree Black Belt Isshin Jitsu Member of Okinawa Isshin Ryu Karate-Do Association -Life Time Member Of Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo Federation 1993-1994 Founder Of The “Isshin Jitsu Federation” Est. 1998 Former PA Boxing Commission Judge Former U.S.K.A. Judge Former Defensive Tactics Instructor, US Police Former President Of The Guardian Karate Association Promoter Of The Ganster Karate Championships 1985-1999 Promoter Of Annual Ganster Karate International Karate Camp 1999- present Promoter Of The I.J.F. Championships 2013-present

Donald Unger

Donald Unger

RENSHI

Donald Unger

RENSHI

Renshi Donald Unger has earned the title Roko-Dan (6th Degree Black Belt) thru perseverance & diligence. He began his martial arts training with Shihan Bart L. Ganster in 1981 and attained the rank of 1st Dan Black Belt in 1986. Determined to perfect & expand his knowledge & skills, he has become a martial arts practitioner of a number of styles. Such as Okinawan Kempo, Isshin Ryu and Isshin Jitsu. From 1981 to the present, he has consistently been an award winning Karate Tournament competitor.

Recognized by his peers, he has had the honor of judging several tournaments in Kata, Kumite, weapons, Self-defense, Karate & Kick-boxing. Imparting his knowledge & discipline has become a passion for him. He became an instructor in empty hand kata, weapons, kumite, full contact karate, muay-thai & kick-boxing. In 2016 he was honored by being inducted into the World Union Hall of Fame as Master of the Year. He is now the appointed Ganster Karate System International Representative & Diplomatic Ambassador.

Warren Jim Doaty

Warren Jim Doaty

Hanshi

Warren Jim Doaty

Hanshi

Hanshi Warren Jim Doaty is a 9th degree black belt senior student. Achieving his current status took a lot of hard work and 34 years of training with the Ganster System. Recognized for his skill & dedication to perfection, he was inducted into the WKU Hall of Fame in 2016 and has also received the Man of Honor Award from Shihan Ganster.  

Frank Formando

Frank Formando

Kyoshi

Frank Formando

Kyoshi

Kyoshi Frank Formando began studying Karate in 1978 under George Dillman. He then diversified his training under Shihan Ganster in 1985. Subsequently he went on to win competitions in Kata and Kumite. After which, he accepted the role of chief instructor at a branch dojo of Shihan Ganster’s from 1996 till 1999 .

 Gregory Snook

Gregory Snook

Hanshi

Gregory Snook

Hanshi

Hanshi Gregory Snook is a 8th degree black belt. He started training in 1975 in the art of Tae Kwon Do under Sensei Stanley Hill. Determined to hone his craft, he then studied at the Red Dragon Karate dojo under Sensei Scott Lechki in 1977.  While serving in the military, he also studied American combat karate under Sensei Love and Sensie Fowler. In 1988 he then began to study Isshin Ryu under Shihan Ganster. Being an accomplished martial artists paved the way for him to be a winning competitor in Self-defense Kata and Kumite. He then seized the opportunity to impart his skills & know-how when he accepted the role of SCM instructor for the County of Berks from 2003 till 2010. At the same time, he was also able to manage the Ganster Dojo for 14 years. Ultimately, He was inducted into the WKU Hall of Fame 2016. Currently, he is an associate self-defense instructor for law enforcement programs under Shihan Ganster.

Keith Armao

Keith Armao

Kyoshi

Keith Armao

Kyoshi

Kyoshi Keith Armao started his karate training in 1974 with George Dillman. He then moved on to study under Shihan Ganster in 1985. Winning numerous competitions in weapons kata and kata and kumite are among his many achievements. In the Keystone State Games from 1989 to 2016, he was able to snare 5 gold,10 silver and 4 bronze medals and also won the Jim Martin Cup in 2016. In addition, he too was a 1990 USAKF regional qualifier and was named 1990 Karate-Arnis magazine Competitor of The Year. He was inducted into the WKU Hall of Fame in 2011.

Montana Ganster

Montana Ganster

Sensei

Montana Ganster

Sensei

Sensei Montana Ganster began training in June of 2009. Tested for a 1st degree black belt in November 2014 and was Inducted into the WKU Hall of Fame June 2015.

She currently manages the day-to-day operations of Ganster Karate and the Isshin Jitsu Federation. Despite her busy schedule, she manages to head the promotion of the Ganster Karate Summer Camp International, be a co-promoter of the Battle in Berks Karate tournaments and also be a children’s instructor at the Ganster Dojo.

 

Zoe Graff

Zoe Graff

Sensei

Zoe Graff

Sensei

Sensei Zoe Graff, is a 3rd degree Jr. black belt. She started karate at Moyers Isshin Ryu Karate. Then in October 2008, she became a student of Shishan Ganster. Eventually joining Ganster Karate Dojo in August 2011 as an instructor.
Being a winning competitor in weapons in kata and kumite, is one her many achievements. She currently is a children’s instructor at the Ganster dojo .

Alex Melendez

Alex Melendez

Sensei

Alex Melendez

Sensei

Sensei Alex Melendez is a 2nd degree Black Belt. He began training with Ganster Karate System in 2009. He is a winning competitor in Kata, Kumite, and weapons.
Sensei Alex Melendez teaches adult classes at the dojo.