Our Instructors & Staff Members

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Kenpo and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.

Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.

Here are a few of Medina Kenpo Karate's instructors and other staff members, starting with W. David Medina PhD, #1 Best Selling Author:

W. David Medina PhD, #1 Best Selling Author  (Owner/8th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master, Governing Board)  Send E-mail to W. David Medina PhD, #1 Best Selling Author
Best Selling Author of "The Art & Science of Success Vol.2"

#1 Best Selling Author of "Grandmaster Frank Trejo"

Honors Graduate - Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

8th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master-Medina Kenpo Karate.

7th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master-DKI Kyusho Jitsu.

Instructor, Progressive Fighting Systems-Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do.

2nd Degree Black Belt, Joe Lewis Fighting System.

Competitor, Long Beach Internationals, California.

Presenter at Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.

Instructor at Kinney Center of St. Joseph's University.

Instructor at Neumann University.

Instructor at Haverford Community Center.

Instructor for Domestic Abuse Project, Media, Pa.

Founder, Presenter, Medina Kenpo Karate Fall Classic Tournament and Seminar.

Presenter, DKI International Training Camp.

Presenter, Canadian Martial Arts Training Camp.

Presenter, WKKA Baltimore Training Camp.

Presenter, WKKA New York Training Camp.

Presenter, University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University, Widener University.

Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the 2008 Martial Artist of the Year.

Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the 2007 Kenpo Master of the Year.

Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the 2006 Kenpo Master of the Year.

Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the 2005 American Kenpo Instructor of the Year.

2004 Torch Award from the Worldwide Kenpo Karate Association.

Honor Award, Pi Delta Epsilon Business Fraternity of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

W. David Medina PhD, #1 Best Selling Author
Ms. Maria C. Medina, MBA  (Owner/Associate Professor, Governing Board)  Send E-mail to Ms. Maria C. Medina, MBA
6th Degree Black Belt, Master - Medina Kenpo Karate.

Shotput record holder for 13 years, Cardinal O'Hara High School.

Scholarship Volleyball Athlete, West Chester University.

MBA, Drexel University.

Global Regulatory Project Manager, DuPont Chemical.

2nd Place Sparring as a Blue Belt in the Men's Division-Battle of Black Belts, King of Prussia, Pa.

Owner/Master Maria C. Medina
Mr. Sean Kelly  (Associate Professor, Governing Board)  Send E-mail to Mr. Sean Kelly


5th Degree Black Belt, Associate Professor-Ed Parker Kenpo Karate.

2X Competitor, Long Beach Internationals, California.

Presenter, Medina Kenpo Karate Fall Classic.

Presenter, Mid-Atlantic Karate Alliance.

Associate Professor/Governing Board Member Sean Kelly
Ms. Suzy Merkins M.S.Ed.  (Creator/Director Kenpo Kids, Instructor Trainer, Manager, Instructor)


Founder, Kenpo Kids Program for Kids on the Autism Spectrum, Asperger's and Sensory Differences.

Founder, Spectrum Martial Arts Non-Profit Group.

Instructor, Kenpo Kids, Kinney Center at St. Joseph's University.

Collaborator, Temple University Department of Rehabilitative Services.

Instructor Trainer, Medina Kenpo Karate.

Instructor, Kenpo Kids, Haverford Community Center.

Instructor, Women's Self Defense, Haverford Community Center.

Instructor, ASCEND Group.

Event Director and Coordinator, Medina Kenpo Karate Fall Classic and Movement Workshop Delaware Tournament.

Medina Warriors Demo Team Director.

Kenpo Kids Creator/Director Ms. Suzy Merkins
Mr. Doug DeGrand  (Instructor/Executive Board)  Send E-mail to Mr. Doug DeGrand
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite TV Show: Sopranos
Favorite Technique: Sleeper
Favorite Form: Long 3
Advice to Students: Keep on trying, don't give up and you're NEVER too old to learn.

Instructor Doug DeGrand
Mr. Sam McKeeman
Mr. Sam McKeeman has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. Sam McKeeman
Mr. Steve McCabe  (Instructor/Executive Board)
Mr. Steve McCabe has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. Steve McCabe
Mr. David Sousa  (Assistant Instructor)
Mr. David Sousa has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. David Sousa
Ms. Shannon McGowan  (Instructor/Executive Board)
Ms. Shannon McGowan has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Shannon McGowan
Ms. Darlene Luther  (Cardio Kickboxing Instructor)
Ms. Darlene Luther has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Darlene Luther
Ms. Zena Johnson  (Instructor/Executive Board)
Ms. Zena Johnson has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Zena Johnson
Mr. John Coll
Mr. John Coll has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. John Coll
Ms. Dana Courtine  (Instructor)
Ms. Dana Courtine has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Dana Courtine
Ms. Katherine Thompson  (Instructor/Executive Board)
Ms. Katherine Thompson has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Katherine Thompson
Mr. Mo Mounib
Mr. Mo Mounib has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. Mo Mounib
Ms. Shawn Turoski  (Instructor)
Ms. Shawn Turoski has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Shawn Turoski
Ms. Lisa Houpt  (Instructor)
Ms. Lisa Houpt has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Lisa Houpt
Mr. Travis Houpt
Mr. Travis Houpt has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. Travis Houpt
Ms. Amber Houpt
Ms. Amber Houpt has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Amber Houpt
Mr. Josh Malatesta
Mr. Josh Malatesta has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. Josh Malatesta
Mr. Josh Mabry
Mr. Josh Mabry has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Jocelyn Bayse  (Apprentice Instructor)
Ms. Jocelyn Bayse has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Jocelyn Bayse
Ms. Theresa Dougherty  (Instructor)
Ms. Theresa Dougherty has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Theresa Dougherty
Ms. Elyse Marinelli  (Instructor)
Ms. Elyse Marinelli has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Elyse Marinelli
Ms. Jen Nunez  (Instructor)
Ms. Jen Nunez has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Jen Nunez
Mr. Dan McCabe
Mr. Dan McCabe has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. Dan McCabe
Ms. Luisa Knecht  (Instructor)
Ms. Luisa Knecht has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Luisa Knecht
Ms. Molly Dagit  (Instructor)
Ms. Molly Dagit has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Molly Dagit
Ms. Becky Lamont  (Instructor)
Ms. Becky Lamont has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Ms. Becky Lamont
Mr. Shawn Lamont  (Instructor)
Mr. Shawn Lamont has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Mr. Shawn Lamont
Torin Johnson  (Instructor)
Torin Johnson has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Torin Johnson
Moises Rios  (Instructor)
Moises Rios has numerous credentials and accomplishments. We will be updating this section shortly to detail them.

Moises Rios
For more information about the Medina Kenpo Karate staff or training programs, please contact us at 610-543-0544 or by clicking here.