VALLEY KMAC

Korean Martial Arts Center

Instructors

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.

Master Chris Fortin and Chief Master Gerry Fortin

Chief Master Gerry Fortin

8th Degree Black Belt

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.


Master Chris Fortin and In Sun Suh in Korea.

Master Chris Fortin

6th Degree Black Belt

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 St-Amant.

Alex St-Amant, Head Instructor

3rd Degree Black Belt

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.



Marty St-Amant Bu Sa Nim

3rd Degree Black Belt

Sebastien Maillet Kyo Sa Nim

2nd Degree Black Belt

Michel Leblanc Kyo Sa Nim

2nd Degree Black Belt

Megan Richardson Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Gabriel Marceau Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Yanic Ayotte Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Hailey Fitzpatrick Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Mathieu Courchesne Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Braden Makela Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Martin Courchesne Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Samuel Caron Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt

Mathieu Bergeron Jo Kyo Nim

1st Degree Black Belt