Master Smith is our Warrior-in-Chief – owner and founder of Fountain Hills Marital Arts (FHMA) and Warrior Camp, and regional director of Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) Arizona and Hwa Rang Kwan Korean Martial Arts Schools (Arizona). During his 40+ years studying martial arts, Master Smith has been honored as a 10-time Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee and Silver Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He has 7th Degree black belts in Taekwondo and Hapkido as well as a Guro ranking in PTK. Masto is one of the elite few who trained directly under Rommel Tortal – Instructor, Filipino Marine Recon Commando Battalion. A two-time Ironman finisher, three-time member of Team USA – Aquathlon, and a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Masto is passionate about challenging kids to push their limits and reach their true potential.
Mrs. Tee earned her black belt in Taekwondo under Grand Master D.K. Shin in 2012 and has been a dedicated instructor at FHMA ever since. “Tee” is every camper’s biggest cheerleader; her goal each day is to be sure students receive positive encouragement and have fun while pushing themselves to meet the physical and mental demands of camp. When she isn’t motivating campers, Mrs. Tee can often be found sneaking apples to Warrior Horse, the camp’s wild horse who wandered onto the property a few years ago and has never left.
A former Coast Guard electronics technician with a passion for developing character in young people, Mongoose has been a counselor every year since 2014. Mongoose holds a black belt in Taekwondo, serves as an assistant instructor for PTK Arizona, and is currently training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As the national Health Knowledge Bowl runner-up in 1992, Mongoose can be relied on for his expert first aid knowledge as well as for doling out push-ups and encouragement in equal measure.
Captain Kirk has been a Warrior Camp leader since 2014. He is a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo (currently working on his 3rd degree) and holds the rank of Lakan Guro in PTK. He also has studied numerous other martial arts including Aikido, Hapkido, Jujitsu, Karate, Krav Maga, Kung Fu and Tai Chi. Kirk is a teacher at heart: in addition to his current roles as a Taekwondo, PTK and Krav Maga instructor and as head coach of the FHMA demonstration team, he has taught dance for students of all ages and has taught English in Japan.
Marina (Snow) is a first-degree black belt Taekwondo instructor and FHMA kickboxing instructor who has worked at Warrior Camp since its inception. Known for her compassion and her always-sunny personality, Snow loves helping to develop leadership skills and integrity in campers and FHMA students. Outside Warrior Camp, Snow, who holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, works as a clinical pharmacist primarily focused on specialty drug clinical programs for rare/orphan disease.
T Rex, a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo, is our camp photographer. A professional photographer known for her spectacular storm scenes and her ability to capture the gritty intensity of kids in action, T Rex documents each year’s Warrior Camp through the lens of her favorite Nikon camera. As a licensed physical therapist, she is also called upon to ease the occasional muscle strain caused during camp training. Her superpower is being able to sleep through any fire alarm – even when it is going off right outside her bunkroom door.
Wildcard, a counselor since 2015, holds a black belt in Taekwondo and the rank of Lakan Dalawa in PTK. He has been training in both martial arts for four years. David has always enjoyed mentoring young people; outside Warrior Camp, he assists the instructors at the FHMA studio and teaches beginning martial arts at youth programs such as the Yavapai Nation summer internship program for teens. At camp, Wildcard assists with martial arts instruction and helps drive logistics planning for each training evolution.