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Our Instructors

East Valley Martial Arts' certified black belt instructors are all committed to sharing and upholding the traditions that have been handed down over decades. Each instructor continues to train as well as teach, and all are very capable and friendly teachers.

We also have several assistant junior black belt instructors working towards adult black belt rank. They are caring, enthusiastic, and a great help in class, especially with other kids.

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KIRK GAUGER

Renshi
Gauger Renshi is a 6th degree black belt, known as Rokudan. Gauger Renshi is married to Tull-Gauger Renshi, and this husband-and-wife team is in charge of the dojo. With over 18 years of training, their passion is watching students grow, improve and progress on their karate path. They both love helping students improve their lives through martial arts. In addition to teaching karate, Gauger Shihan instructs ground fighting and had a personal fitness training background.
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JENIFER TULL-GAUGER

Renshi
Tull-Gauger Renshi is a 6th degree black belt, known as Rokudan. Tull-Gauger Renshi is married to Gauger Renshi, and this husband-and-wife team is in charge of the dojo. With over 18 years of training, their passion is watching students grow, improve and progress on their karate path. They both love helping students improve their lives through martial arts. In addition to teaching karate, Tull-Gauger Shihan teaches hatha yoga for injury prevention and relaxation.
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BRANDON LABORDE

Sempai
LaBorde Shihan is the highest ranking student at the dojo, and is our Sempai. LaBorde Sempai has been helping with classes for many years. With his engineering background, he is often called on to be the brains of the operation. Some of the first things people notice about LaBorde Sempai are his positive attitude, his warm demeanor, and the great energy he brings to a class.
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BRIAN TEFFT

Shihan
Tefft Shihan has been a dedicated student from the start. Tefft Shihan helps our dojo in all kinds of ways and this versatile instructor teaches karate to all ages. In addition to teaching karate, Tefft Shihan also teaches ground fighting. His son is also a black belt Jr, Instructor, and Shihan supports the family values and discipline the program has to offer.
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JESSIE LINDER

Sensei
Lindner Sensei is one of our many supportive students. She trains hard with her dojo family (the other students and instructors) during classes and enjoys spending time together outside of class times too. Lindner Sensei often teaches kids and her specialty is assisting Tull-Gauger Renshi in the Little Dragons program for three-to-five-year-olds.
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GRIFFIN TULL-GAUGER

Sensei
Tull-Gauger Sensei is one of our youngest adult black belt instructors, and yet he has trained with us for over 17 years. He is an example of living traditional karate, as he continues the path from student to sensei and beyond..
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MARTY SIEMON

Sensei
Mr. Siemon started his karate training decades ago in Okinawa while he was serving in the Marines. He was the first baby boomer that East Valley Martial Arts promoted to black belt. Mr. Siemon is one of our wisest students and supports the events, instructors and students in order to promote traditional values.

Our Founder:
Michael Newland Renshi

Newland Renshi founded what is now East Valley Martial Arts about 22 years ago. In 2002 he passed the dojo on to the Gauger Renshis. Newland Renshi still participates occasionally at the dojo, and his skills from literally decades of martial arts training make each class he instructs invaluable.