About Mountain Karate Academy
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Master Paul Maglionico has been studying karate since he was five years old. He
earned his black belt in both Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan and Tang Soo Do
under the instruction of Master Rich Gross and Master Rich Maglionico.   He has
continued to learn and earned  his 5th degree, Oh Dan Black Belt, which is a
Master rank, in the summer of 2013. He was  honored by  the Eastern USA
International Martial Arts Association, being nominated and  inducted into the
Black Belt Hall of Fame. He also earned the Instructor of the Year award. Paul
continues to learn and advance in rank under the instruction of Master Rich Gross
and the guidance of Grandmaster John Kanzler of the EUSAIMAA

2009 Master Paul was awarded the Pinnacle Award of Success by Grandmaster
2010 Master Paul was awarded Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts
2011 Master Paul was awarded Master Instructor of the Year
2012 Master Paul was inducted into the Legends of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame
2012 Master Paul was also awarded the Platinum Anniversary Achievement
Award by the EUSAIMAA
Master Paul Maglionico, 6th Dan
Master Rich Gross, 7th Dan
Master Rich Gross earned his black belt in 1994, having
trained at Mountain Karate in Mount Pocono and other
area schools. He is presently a Yuk Dan, which is a sixth
degree black belt.
He moved to the Lehighton area in 2004 and started
training with Rich and Paul Maglionico, whom he had
trained with in years past. In 2006 he passed the torch of
Mountain Karate to Paul Maglionico, but continues to train
Paul so he may further his degrees of black belt.
Rich  was inducted into the EUSAIMAA Black Belt Hall of
Fame in 1999, and also received the Instructor of the
Year at that time. He has taught many young adult and
kids groups, in addition to scouts and mall security
organizations. He continues to study and train in the art of
Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan.
2010 Master Rich was awarded Master of the Year by the
Master Rich Maglionico, 5th Dan
Rich Maglionico originally began training in the Martial Arts in 1966 in
N.J., learning Japanese style karate. He relocated to the Pocono
Mountains in 1986 and shortly after that, he began training in Tang
Soo Do. He earned his black belt in 1997. Rich also trained in Judo
while stationed at Kunson Air Force Base in Korea under Master Ho
in 1969. He achieved the rank of San Kyu (third degree brown belt).
He was president of the Judo club at Langley Air Force Base in
VIrginia, competing in tournaments with other bases until he was
honorably discharged in 1971. In 1982 Rich put together the easy to  
execute and very effective Women's Self Defense program.  
Instructor Rich has been inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame  
and received "Instructor of the Year" for 2009
Rich was also just promoted to 5th Dan Master Black Belt
2012 Instructor Rich was inducted into the Legends of the Martial
Arts Hall of Fame by the EUSAIMAA
Sharyl Maglionico
Sharyl is the administrator, secretary,
receptionist, and the person to go to with
questions about Mountain Karate Academy.
With many years experience as a karate wife
and mom, she is the one who can address all
concerns that are important to parents whose
children are just beginning their martial arts
2012 received Outstanding Contribution to the
Martial Arts award at the Legends of the Martial
Arts Awards ceremony
Also awarded Outstanding Contribution award
by the EUSAIMAA 2013
Grandmaster John Kanzler
Grandmaster John C. Kanzler/Soke is the Executive
Director  of the Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts
Association. He is the Founder/Headmaster of the
American Training System of Self Defense International,
Inc. and the Chancellor of Martial Arts for the EUSAIMAA
College of Martial Arts and Advanced Education. Mountain
Karate Academy is proud to be affiliated with the EUSAIMAA
and Grandmaster Kanzler.
Fitzpatrick, 1st
Instructor Kim is the
Instructor for the Little
Dragons program and
the special needs
class. She is a
dedicated martial artist
with a heart for young
Instructor Paige, 3rd Dan
Master Kevin L. Kresge, 7th
Master Kresge trained under Grandmaster
Nenow, beginning in 1982. He has been
teaching for more than 20 years. Master Kresge
has trained in several styles of martial arts and
is proficient in American Tae Kwon Do, including
sparring, weapons and traditional TKD forms.
Master Kresge teaches the Weapons class, in
addition to American Tae Kwon Do. Master
Kresge teaches the Weapons class and also
heads up the Sparring class
Master Jan Kresge, 4th
Master Jan also trained under
Grandmaster Nenow. She has trained
for over 20 years. She was rated
Grandmaster Nenow's highest ranked
female student while training under him.
Master Bernard Pfeiffer, 7th Dan
Master Pfeiffer also trained under Grandmaster
Nenow since 1982. He trained in American Tae
Kwon Do. He also trained in various other
disciplines and has successfully competed in the
breaking and sparring divisions on the tournament
Master Steve
Meining, 5th Dan
Master Meining is a lifelong
martial artist who holds rank
in Isshinryu karate and is a
5th Dan in American Tae
Kwon Do. Master Meining is
also proficient in traditional
Okinawan weapons. Master
Meining assists in the
weapons class
Soke Lee J. Lesisko:  Instructor 9th Dan -
GrandMaster Lesisko has over 32 years martial arts experience teaching children, teens, and
adults with a focus on Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do karate. As a karate competitor for 25 years,
GrandMaster Lesisko competed in weapons, open hand forms, sparring,  breaking, self-defense,
and musical kata as far south as Georgia, as far north as Massachusetts and as far west as
Arizona. He has won over 500 career trophies and awards including 38 tournament grand

In 1991 the Professional Karate League ranked GrandMaster Lesisko tenth in forms and weapons
competition on the PRO/AM National Karate Circuit Region 10 (PA, DE, WV, VA, DC, and MD). In
1998 he was rated #1 in forms competition by the World Karate Union Rating System and was
also inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as “National Weapons Competitor for that
same Year”. He has earned recognition titles for student of the year (1983, 1984 and 1985), the
titles of Sempai (1987), Renshi (1993), and Chief Martial Arts Instructor (2001). GrandMaster
Lesisko routinely teaches classes and assists with instruction at Mountain Karate Academy.  
GrandMaster Lesisko leads the Jui Jitsu program
Jen Lesisko, 3rd Dan
Instructor Jen has over 10
years’ experience
practicing the art of Jiu
Jitsu and self-defense.  
She has also competed
as a karate competitor and
has placed in weapons
and sparring at numerous
tournaments throughout
PA.  Sensei Jen will be
assisting with instruction
at Mountain Karate
Academy on a regular
Master Marty started his journey in 1980 with a
brief experience in Shotokon. He joined Nenow's
Dynasty in 1984, earning his black belt in 1991.
Master Marty competed on a national level with
USAKF from 1987-1995. He earned the rank of
Master in 2001. After the death of Grandmaster
Nenow in 2010, he started "House of Legend",
which was a Tae Kwon Do based style
specializing in street application and hand to
hand combat, rather than sport. Master Marty
now proudly trains at Mountain Karate Academy
since 2016. Using his 38 years of experience,
training with many different black belts and
schools, he teaches a blend of self-defense,
street smart defense, along with traditional Tae
Kwon Do on Mondays. He is also available other
nights to assist and teach. He also teaches a
sparring skills and drills class on the first
Monday of each month.
Master Marty Olewine, 7th Dan
Master Rod Brearman began his martial arts
training in 1990, while attending college at Penn
State University, in the art of Shorin Ryu Karate.
Upon his return home in 1991, he spent a short
time at Hoover Karate Academy before finding his
home in 1992 at Dynasty Karate. While training
under Grandmaster Robert Nenow in 1995, he
earned his black belt in American Tae Kwon Do,
followed by his 2nd and 3rd degree ranks in 2000
and 2006, respectively. During that time Master
Brearman had competed on a national level with
the USAKF as well as locally, including the
Keystone State Games. After the death of
Grandmaster Nenow in 2010, Master Brearman
was co-founder of House of Legend Martial Arts
with Master Olewine. He taught a Tae Kwon Do
based style, specializing in street application and
hand to  hand combat. He earned his master rank
in 2012. Master Brearman has also had training in
several other martial arts disciplines including
Kenpo, Muay Thai, American Kickboxing, and
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Now, proudly training at Mountain
Karate since 2015, Master Brearman uses his
nearly 30 years of experience teaching alongside
Master Marty on Monday nights, as well as on
Wednesdays with Master Jan Kresge, bringing a
blend of traditional Tae Kwon Do and street smart
Master Rod Brearman, 5th Dan
Instructor Gary
Strohl, 1st Dan
Instructor Gary instructs the
Little Dragons, and is also
available to assist in many
other classes.
Instructor KayCee
McElroy, 2nd Dan
Instructor KayCee is Instructor for
the Workshop classes in
Tannersville, and also assists in
all of the other classes offered.
Master Irv Emerson, 5th Dan
Master Ron Keblish, 4th Dan
Master Ron started his martial arts training in 1991 at the
Hoover Karate Academy. He went on to train with
Grandmaster Nenow at Dynasty Karate, earning his
black belt in 2000 in Okinawan Kobodo. Master Ron was
a competitor for many years competing in local, regional,  
national, and international  levels. He also has weapons
training and was the Weapons Instructor under
Grandmaster Nenow.
Master Ron not only holds a fourth degree black belt in
Tae Kwon Do, he also has a purple belt in Brazilian Ju
Jitsu, and a blue  belt in Russian Sambo.
He is a former owner of the Rat Pack fighting systems,
having taught BJJ/Muay Thai/Wrestling and also
Kickboxing and Cardio classes there.  
Master Ron returned to his traditional roots in 2017,
joining Mountain Karate Academy and receiving his
Master rank in 2019.