Black Belt Magazine's Woman of the Year
Kelly Muir

Excel Karate Founder, Kelly Muir, believes that children should be taught martial arts in a structured, challenging environment. She is a true Martial Art Pioneer. Her extensive 30 year career includes world level competition, film work, and teaching. Her ground breaking book, Instructor Revolution, helped instructors worldwide develop better techniques for teaching martial arts to children.

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Head Instructor
Sensei Veronica Mendivil

As a 2nd Degree Black Belt, Veronica is the highest ranking student at Excel Karate. She began training at 7 years old. Now, 17 years, she is a scholar athlete at Bexley High School and one of two Head Instructors in our Program. She is also an Elite member of Excel Karate Competition Team.

Head Instructor
Sensei Reece Wilson

Reece has been training since the age of 4 years old and is the lead instructor of all of our HYPER Programs. He is a wrestler at Bexley High School, enjoys Crossfit and is enrolled in Culinary School.

Lead Instructor
Sensei Zach Ives

Sensei Zach Ives is one of our youngest black belts, achieving it at only 13 years old. Beginning in our Lil' Dragon Program at only 4 years old, the experience he brings to the students in his class is extraordinary. Outside of the Dojo, Zach is an honors student at Bexley High School.

On Board Instructor
Sensei Glen Cory

All of our New Students get their very own instructor to help acclimate them to our program. As our "On Board" coach, Sensei Glen works with all of the new students for 6 weeks to ensure that they get off to a great start here at Excel!

Assistant Instructor
Miss Shelly Ben-David

As our only KYU rank Instructor (Under Black Belt), Miss Shelly earned her position in our program through her outstanding organizational and teaching skills. As a very busy student at Bexley High School, Miss Shelly helps as her schedule allows. Any student who has the opportunity to work with her should ask her to help with her speciality - kata!

Little Dragon Teaching Team


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