KAT’s biggest strength is our group of diverse, talented, and experienced instructors. All instructors undergo background checks as well as regular training. Master Bill Pottle is the owner of the school and current head master. The brief bios of the Aurora school instructors are listed below. For the instructors at other locations, see the KAT Network Page.
Many people make the mistake of assuming that just because someone is good at martial arts, they will also be good at teaching. KAT offers a rigorous instructor training program that includes CPR/First Aid, Anatomy and Physiology, injury prevention, public speaking, learning styles, working with ADHD and learning disabilities, motivational skills, and more. The course includes theoretical work, practical experience, correcting the “Misadventures of Master Malo,” and a 3 hour written test. In addition, there are minimum age and belt requirements for all certified instructors. People interested in becoming instructors should click here.
Assistant Instructors are 11-15 year olds who assist part of class under the supervision of regular instructors. Click the link in the header above to go directly to moodle.
Our instructor training is based on the book Teaching Martial Arts: A Practical Guide written by Master Bill and Master Katie. Click on the title to see the book on Amazon.com
We also created the site http://www.wikidrills.com to collect thousands of different drills in one place for our instructors.
Aurora School Instructors
Instructor Kyle Landon also teaches on Saturdays.
|Master Katie Pottle (5th Dan) – Master Katie teaches at the main school, Aurora Quest and Mosley P8 while balancing 3 young children. She is a generalist who teaches many different classes and programs. She is also the head of kick me photography and the KAT digital media division.||Master Kamil Latipov (5th Dan) – Master Kamil is a many time Colorado State Team member and Tajikistan National Team member. Master Kamil is one of the sparring coaches and teaches at many of his own afterschool programs. (See Full Biography)|
|Master RJ Tomas (5th Dan) – Master RJ is the head of the KAT Demo Team , and also known for being immune to gravity. His martial arts and teaching skills earned him a spot (out of 35,000 applicants) on the show Pinoy Big Brother. .||Master Bethany Lopez (4th Dan) – Master Bethany teaches at the headquarters school in the beginners, children’s, and weapons classes. She is from a family of black belts.|
|Master Jacob Gallegos (4th Dan) Jacob is a multiple kickboxing title holder and lifelong martial artist. He teaches adult, advanced, and boxing classes.||Christina Seraile (3rd Dan) – Instructor Christina specializes in the beginners classes at the Aurora headquarters. She is a member of the National Honor Society.|
Master Matt Bailey (5th Dan) Master Matt has been a part of KAT for nearly 20 years. He served in the US Air Force, where his full time job was to train and compete. He represented the US in the World Military Championships.
John John Tomas (3rd Dan) – Instructor John John helps out in demo team, beginner and adult classes.
|Instructor Jaire Fortt (1st Dan)
Instructor Jaire teaches the Little Tigers and Requirements class. He is a former national champion in sparring