Grand Master Ameris
A World Renown Martial Arts Master
Grand Master Philip Ameris started his lifelong journey in the Martial Arts at age 7, when his father suggested 'karate' as good rehabilitation for a then broken leg. From the very first minute he entered a local dojo - Philip Ameris had found his passion. Over 40 years later - Ameris continues to train, teach, and dedicate his life to the Martial Arts.
Taking a page from his dad's book (a successful boxer), Ameris took quick to the competitive aspects of Martial Arts. National Rankings as a youth and 'pee wee' competitor were followed by Amateur and Professional Kickboxing success in his adult years.
It was during that same time that Instructor and Mentor Father Robert Connolley (Se-Jong Taekwondo) encouraged Ameris to seek out legendary Taekwondo Master, Hee Il Cho. Ameris has been training under the direct tutelage of Grand Master Cho for over three decades - becoming Cho's highest ranking student (8th Degree Black Belt) and serving as Technical Director for the Action International Martial Arts Association (AIMAA).
As his competitive days came to an end, Ameris took note of advice given to him by Grand Master Cho, "You are a champion for only one day, but a Martial Artist for a lifetime". So with those words serving as motivation, Grand Master Ameris' shifted his focus from the glory of sport to spreading the gift of Martial Arts throughout his hometown of New Kensington, PA.
After many years of formally teaching Martial Arts from everywhere to his home's basement and even local parks - Ameris finally settled into a building in New Kensington's Parnassus area. With the help of his wife and newly earned Black Belt Student, Jeanne, the couple outgrew their Parnassus location, setting up shop at a former church in New Kensington, PA.
While establishing his Dojang. Grand Master Ameris has traveled the word to learn, instruct, and coach Martial Arts at every level. Ameris conducted seminars throughout Europe, been featured in cover stories for leading publications such as Black Belt Magazine, Taekwondo Times, and British Combat Magazine. He's authored several articles for prominent Martial Arts publications and was commissioned to present his own video series - Practical Taekwondo - based on his wealth of experience in Self Defense and Reality Fighting.
Grand Master Ameris has taught self defense to local law enforcement, established the Taekwondo Program at the prestigious Kiski Preparatory School, and has coached competitors at every level - including professionals at the legendary K1 Kickboxing Arena in Japan and early MMA promotions (World Combat Championships). Ameris has been inducted to several Martial Arts Hall of Fame and developed an effective Women's Self Defense Program: Real Attack Prevention Effectively.
Currently, Grand Master Ameris can be found teaching at his Dojang every night - passing on the traditions of authentic Martial Arts, pushing his students to achieve optimum health, and helping build real confidence through the understanding of effective street self defense. Ameris' teaching experience and passion for the Martial Arts has proven to be infectious, spilling over to his immediate family. His wife, Jeanne, is currently his highest ranking student (5th Degree Black Belt) and assists with the instruction of classes as well as manages the day to day operations of the Dojang. His two sons, Philip Jr. (4th Degree Black Belt) and Jimmy (1st Degree Black Belt) both actively train, instruct students, and coach local competitors.