Our Instructors

jake marcus, fusion martial arts, eagan

Master Jake Marcus 

6th Degree Black Belt

Chief Instructor

Master Marcus started martial arts training at the age of six due to his passion for the ninja turtles. Years later, he realized his parents enrolled him in a martial arts school to instill positive values and morals that he would have for his entire life.

 

Master Marcus began his instructor apprenticeship under Master Matt Blomquist at age fifteen and was instantly hooked on the idea of sharing the martial arts with everyone. "One of the most rewarding things I've experienced in my life is seeing someone who started martial arts as a kid develop into a leader in our community," he says.

 

Today Master Marcus is one of the youngest 6th degree black belts in the ATA. He has been awarded two regional instructor of the year titles, is the current sparring district champion and has finished top ten in the world rankings of ATA competition for the last four years. 

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April Ganfield

4th Degree Black Belt 

Instructor

 

Ms. Ganfield (Ms. G) began her taekwondo journey in her early teens and found self-confidence and pride in showing that the  martial arts are not just for boys.

 

After taking a break, Ms. G joined Fusion Martial Arts as an adult and earned her first degree black belt in 2006. Her hard work, dedication, and leadership was recognized by her instructors and she was offered an instructor apprenticeship and became our first female lead instructor in 2009. 

Ms. G's passion is teaching others to find confidence in themselves through martial arts. She empowers her students to apply the values they learn from martial arts to all areas of their lives. 

Today Ms. G is a 4th degree black belt and continues training for her next rank.

Fusion Martial Arts is very selective about its staff. Our professional instructors go through an extensive 3-year apprenticeship program, a background check, are CPR certified and are certified through the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), which is one of the world's largest martial arts organizations.