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Our Instructors & Staff Members

Our instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Karate and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.
Through extensive training, certification and personal development, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.

For More information about the First Choice Martial Arts staff or training programs please contact us at 905-575-1115 or by email.

Chris Gillam (head instructor)
Chris Gillam is the owner and head instructor of First Choice Martial Arts. His specialty lies in teaching the benefits of martial arts to kids, teens and adults. His teaching style offers a perfect balance between fun and structure making students eager to learn and perform.

Kathy Gillam (program director)
Kathy Gillam is the program director at First Choice Martial Arts. She helps to make the relationship with First Choice Martial Arts a seamless and positive one.

Trisha Mendiola (instructor)
Trisha is a charismatic and enthusiastic instructor. She brings a positive attitude to learning and looks to bring out the best in her students.

Kim Watts (instructor)
Kim Watts is one of our teen and adult instructors. He makes classes a terrific workout as well as an educational experience.

Barb Ludwig (instructor)
Barb Ludwig also teaches our adult and teen class. She brings tremendous enthusiasm to class and makes martial arts training an empowering experience.

Amanda Foderaro (instructor)
Amanda is a dedicated instructor to the students she serves. She gives 100% to her students all of the time.

Ryan Bruni (instructor)
Ryan is an ambitious instructor that teaches in class. He uses his passion to make classes better all of the time.

Alex Tsai (instructor)
Alex pays attention to details in his classes. He looks to help students get better when in his company.

Analissa Timperio (instructor)
Analissa is a patient and caring instructor that takes pride in being the best that she can be. Her impact on the students at FCMA is always 100% positive.

Grace Lawson (instructor)
Grace pushes each and every student to the best of their abilities. She knows what each student is capable of and uses her passion to accomplish her teaching goals.

Heather Gunter (instructor)
Heather is a caring instructor that interacts extremely well with our martial arts students.

Charson Mendiola (instructor)
Charson brings a positive dynamic to class and looks to improve his students every step of the way.

Russell Villabroza (instructor)
Russell relates to students at their level and shows tremendous patience in his teaching.