Meet Dylan Knoll "DK", a martial arts instructor who draws inspiration from the mystical world of Dr. Strange. He has a love for the intergalactic battles of Star Wars, the superhuman adventures of Marvel, and the action-packed thrill of John Wick. He has a diverse palate for Chinese. Dylan's fear of wasted time drives him to instill a sense of purpose and dedication in his students.
My name is Sensei Dylan Knoll, I have been with ActiveStars under the instruction of Kyoshi Dave Elam since 2000. I grew up through the ActiveStars Athletics program and earned my 1st Dan Black Belt in Karate. I became an instructor for the program in 2016. I am currently in school and becoming a healer in; Chiropractic, Kinesiology, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine.
I have a passion for learning Martial Arts and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others even more. I believe that the teacher learns more from the student, than the student learns from the teacher. My goal as an ActiveStars instructor, is to teach children about “stranger danger,” learn to protect themselves, and have fun doing it! This program has impacted my life in so many positive ways, that I strive every day to do the same for others. I have also received training in various other styles of Martial Arts for; grappling, throwing, pressure points, weapons, and I have had instruction from one of the Shaolin Monks from the Shaolin Temple, Shi Yang Qing. I am a D.A.R.E. graduate and was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in High School.
I have also had the honor and privilege of meeting and learning from Master Kraig Hollingworth and being able to work with great instructors such as Hanshi Colby Lalli (the Midwest Karate Supervisor), Hanshi Se Han Kim, Hanshi Ray Wright, Renshi Glenn Scott, Renshi Mike Tope, Renshi Mark Theiss and many other amazing instructors.
4th Dan in Ninjutsu under Kyoshi David Wilkinson and Kyoshi Dave Elam
2nd Dan in Karate under Hanshi Colby Lalli and Kyoshi Dave Elam