Former Instructors

Shihan Dean Pickard
Karatedo - Founder of USKL and former chief instructor

Shihan Mike Whiteside
Shotokan Karate - former senior instructor

Shihan Tom Serrano
Shotokan Karate and Gosuku-Ryu - former senior instructor

Sensei Robert Johnson
Shotokan Karatedo and Kobudo

Andrew Wildasinn
Shotokan Karate and Special Forces Adaptive Karate - former senior instructor

Sensei Inkee Lee
Kendo - former chief instructor

Sensei Mike Kasmir
Iaido - former chief instructor

Bradley Skeels
No photo available.

Dave Turney
Shotokan Karate

Dave began training with the United State Karate League in 1992 and received his 5th Degree Black Belt in October 2015 from Senseis Aponte and Whiteside and Shihans Pickard and George Sasano (JKA).

Jim Doiron

Biography pending.

Ernie Franco

A student of Dan Inosanto, taught JKD and Filipino Escrima at the DAC.

Biography pending.


Tim Tackett  

A student of Dan Inosanto, Tim taught JKD and Filipino Escrima at the DAC from about 1980 to 1990.

Tackett began training in the martial arts when he was stationed in Taiwan in 1962 while serving in the United States Air Force. On the recommendation of a friend, he began studying martial arts intensively. During his 3 years in Taiwan he learned two types of Hsing-i, T'ai chi, Northern and Southern Shaolin, White Crane and Monkey style kung fu. After his discharge from the Air Force in 1966, he opened a Gung Fu school in Redlands, California while attending the University of California, Riverside.

Tackett saw Bruce Lee demonstrate Jeet Kune Do in 1967 at Ed Parker's tournament in Long Beach, California. Busy with college and supporting a family he closed his Gung Fu school and focused on his education. Soon after receiving his Master of Fine Arts in 1970 he began a career as a high school drama teacher (he is now retired) from Montclair High School then Etiwanda High School. Along with his first student Bob Chapman, he visited Dan Inosanto's backyard Jeet Kune Do school on the recommendation of Dan Lee. At that time the class consisted of about 10 students including Bob Bremer, Dan Lee, Richard Bustillo, Pete Jacobs and Jerry Poteet.

In 1973 he was given a senior instructor's rank by Dan Inosanto and was permitted to teach Jeet Kune Do to a small group of students. Having no desire to teach JKD publicly, he moved his most senior group of students to his garage in Redlands, California where he continues to hold classes every Wednesday night. Beginning around 1983, Tackett and Larry Hartsell taught Jeet Kune Do at Vic Payne’s Great Smokey Mountain Martial Arts Camp every summer of its existence and has taught courses throughout the United States and in Europe. He is also known for applying martial arts principles to football; he has worked with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers in this regard.

Dennis Blue

A student of Dan Inosanto and Tim Tackett who taught JKD, Filipino Kali, and Escrima at the DAC.

Sifu Blue has more than 30 years of training and teaching with the JKD Wednesday Night Group under Tim Tackett, Jim Sewell and Bob Bremer (the latter two are original students of Bruce Lee).  He has also studied with Pete Jacobs and Guro Dan Inosanto and has extensive knowledge of not only Jeet Kune Do, but also South East Asian martial arts such as Filipino Martial Arts, Silat and Muay Thai.

Sifu Blue has taught at numerous seminars around the world with Sifu Tackett’s Wednesday Night Group; the former and the new Bruce Lee Foundation; as well as other seminars in the US and Europe.  Sifu Blue holds a Senior Advisory position with the Chinatown JKD Association.  All advanced firearms & CQC training is conducted by Dennis Blue. He is available for one-on-one instruction in a classroom environment, group instruction at the range, and seminars around the world.

Russell La Fuentes

A student of Ted Lucaylucay, Russell taught JKD and Filipino Kali, Escrima at the DAC.
No picture available.  Biography pending.

Doug Krech

Biography pending.


Former Assistant Instructors

Jared Goldberg

Shotokan Karate (3rd Degree Black Belt)- Pomona College classes

Jared began Shotokan (JKA/ISKF) training at age 7 in 2001 in Thousand Oaks CA under Sensei Alex Shein and with his father Gil Goldberg (who has a background in Hapkido and Taekwondo). He has attended numerous seminars and special trainings with Sensei James Field and other high level karate and martial arts masters.  Jared was awarded his Shodan in 2008 and his Nidan in 2012 from Sensei Goldberg and most recently received his Sandan from Sensei Aponte in December 2015.  As a senior black belt at both his dojo and Pomona College, Jared drew on his wide range of experience to lead and assist with classes.  He has done well in karate competitions and assisted with the 5-C Capoeira program.

Joseph Fraizer

Shotokan Karate (1st Degree Black Belt) - Pomona College classes

Joe has studied with Sensei Ty Aponte and the USKL since 1998 . He received his Shodan in Shotokan Karatedo in 2002 . He began studying Iaido (Art of the Samurai Sword) through the USKL Dojo in 2011, and most recently (2016) Japanese Jujitsu with Shihan Ruben Marquez.

Academically, Joe studied Mechanical Engineering at California Polytechnic University Pomona. His many jobs include tutoring in math at Chaffey Community College for six years and engineering sales and spec design for Drymaxx Air. Joe was instrumental in helping with various designs for the new USKL Dojo. He currently works in management for an e-commerce company. He uses his knowledge of science to enhance and better relate the martial arts to others. He is an avid lover of science and art, and finds ways of combining the two in any way possible.

In his private time he visits museums, studies body movement, takes part in mud runs/themed runs, self-studies all sciences, and attends sci-fi conventions. He is open to all forms of training and welcomes all knowledge of bio-mechanical science application. For a number of years, Joe has assisted with the Shotokan Karate P.E. Program at the Claremont Consortium of Colleges.


Casey Chang

Shotokan Karate (3nd Degree Black Belt) and Kobudo (2nd Degree Black Belt)

Casey began his martial arts training in Shotokan Karate with Sensei Ty Aponte at the age of six and earned his 2nd Dan Black Belt in 2010 at age 16. With his philosophy of achieving self-improvement through dedication and hard work, Casey has assisted Sensei Aponte in teaching since 2003. Casey initiated USKL's sport karate team, educating members in tournament etiquette, rules, and sparring strategies.

Casey has also delved into the local and international sport karate tournament circuit, rising as Junior Olympic Gold Medalist in 2010 and Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament Kata Champion in 2011. Under the US Olympic Committee, Casey is also a US National Karate Federation certified judge and referee.

Currently Casey balances his martial arts training with his studies at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Both Casey's competitive and self-defense styles reflect his diverse background in martial arts training that borrows from multiple disciplines.


 Started 1999 (age six) w/sensei Ty Aponte
 Shodan 2008
 Junior Olympic Gold Medalist 2010
 Nidan 2010
 Ozawa International Karate Tournament Champion 2011
 Sandan 2016