Good instructors are paramount to the success of any martial arts program, Valley KMAC is home to some of the best Korean Martial Artists in Northern Ontario. Many started training in other martial arts and decided upon KMAC as the most comprehensive choice for their continued training.
Chief Master Gerry Fortin opened a martial arts school 40 years ago in the Dowling area and has since taught thousands of students. Today approximately 500 students of all ages take classes at the Korean Martial Arts Centre (KMAC), which has expanded to three other locations: Sudbury, Valley East and Coniston.
Chief Master Gerry Fortin pioneered the Hapkido style in Sudbury and continues to shape the future of Korean Martial Arts in Northern Ontario.
At the age of 10, Master Chris started his martial arts training at his father’s school, and has been assisting and teaching classes ever since. At the age of 15, he earned his 1st degree black belt, and after high school spent a year living in Grand Master Lee’s school training and managing the school.
In 2006, he received his 5th degree black belt in Kuk Sool-Hapkido, and took over the operation of the Sudbury KMAC.
In 2013, Master Chris was one of the recipients of Sudbury’s 40 under 40 awards, and in 2014 won the Sudbury Civic Award for volunteerism and the GenNext Volunteer Award for Active Living.
In 2014, Master Chris was promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt and was made an executive of the KMAC schools.
Outside of KMAC, Master Chris is a fulltime millwright professor at College Boreal, and loves spending time with his wife Nicki, daughter Emilie and son Eric.
Masters Gerry and Chris oversee the operations of Valley KMAC.
Head Instructor Alex has been training in martial arts for nearly 20 years. He begun his martial arts career studying under Normand Larocque and has been training under the guidance of Chief Master Gerry Fortin for the last 10 years.
He currently holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt in the art of Kuk Sool Hapkido. As Head Instructor, he has extensive knowledge of self defense techniques, open hand forms, striking techniques, traditional Korean weapons such as the sword, fan and many more. He has also earned top 3 awards in provincial, national and international tournaments.
Outside of Martial Arts, Instructor Alex is a Software Developer / Systems Analyst for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Sir Marty has been training in Korean Martial Arts for over 15 years. His martial arts career started with the WKSA in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, in 2002. Martin joined KMAC upon moving to Sudbury, Ontario in 2005. He has since trained with many of Ontario’s best masters and instructors.
Because of his hard work and dedication to KMAC, Martin was awarded his 1st degree black belt in May of 2011. Since then, he has earned his 2nd degree black belt and teaches weekly classes to adults and children.
Sir Marty specializes in open hand forms and traditional Korean weapons. He has consistently attended regional competitions each year and has also placed top 3 in multiple national and international competitions.
Michel was introduced to martial arts at a young age by following in his older brother’s foot steps to join Judo. Over the years, Michel acquired a brown belt in judo along with a green belt in Kung Fu. After a 10 years hiatus from martial arts, Michel met Master Coutu who introduced him to KMAC. Through hard work, along with his past experience, knowledge and background, Michel has achieved the rank of Kyo Sa Nim. Michel represents Valley KMAC very well in tournaments bringing home trophies including 3 Grand Champions from events like the Nickel Capital Budo Challenge and the World Dahn Moo Do tournament.
Sir Mat started his martial arts training in 2006 as part of the first group of students at Valley KMAC. He obtained his 1st degree black belt after 10 years of training and continues to work hard aspiring to future advancement within the Martial Arts.
Mat has a passion for martial arts and enjoys teaching others so that they too may one day obtain their own black belts. He current teaches Tiny Tigers, Little Dragons, Juniors and assists with the adult classes. Mat brings a fun and positive learning experience in all his classes.
Sir Seb started his training as one of the very first Little Dragons at Valley KMAC. After nearly 10 years of dedicated training, Seb earned a 1st degree black belt in Spring 2016.
Sebastien is well known for his skills in weaponry and open hand forms. He has earned several Grand Championships in under black belt and black belt divisions. He is currently training for international competitions.
Sir Seb teaches Tiny Tigers, Little Dragon and Junior classes. Students love his energy and enthusiasm.