The Teachers at Granite Forest Dojo

I believe the strongest feature on a professional resume should be the state of one's children. Their achievements, and certainly their capacity for confronting challenges, are the strongest indications of their parents' capability, and of their parents' worthiness to be role models in the company of other peoples' children. Sensei Costa

Sensei Bruce Costa


Sensei Bruce Costa is a passionate teacher, successful entrepreneur, professional speaker, published author, and student of mindfulness meditation. He has studied Shotokan Karate and other disciplines with many high-ranking instructors from six continents over nearly four decades.

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Sensei Barbara Conroy


Sensei Barbara Conroy is ranked Sandan (third degree black belt) in the International Shotokan Karate Federation. She is known by her colleagues and students for her precise, refined techniques and fun, welcoming children’s classes.

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Sensei Joe Quinn


Sensei Joe Quinn is a visual artist: he’s a painter, designer and user experience director. He is a dedicated martial artist and tournament competitor. Mr. Quinn travels to other dojos weekly to gain insights, practice his martial art, and discover new teaching concepts.

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Sensei Jim Viscusi


Sensei Jim Viscusi has enjoyed a 30-year career as an IT professional. Mr. Viscusi is a team leader specializing in project management and personal development. He is known in the dojo for offering elements of psychology in his self-defense teaching, and for causing the mantra “Jim Viscusi is not scary!” among his sparring partners.

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Sensei Wade Greim


Sensei Wade Greim has been an electronic and audio technician and professional musician for over three decades. Mr. Greim was lead foreman throughout the construction of our beautiful dojo. He is a devoted husband, father to three extraordinary boys, and a loyal friend.

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Sensei Terry Farrell


Sensei Terry Farrell is a career U.S. Naval officer and a manager for a multinational Sustainable Habitat firm. He is a devoted husband, father, and jokester.


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Sensei Chad Wenhold


Sensei Chad Wenhold has worked for Kwik Goal, Ltd since 1999 as Shipping/Receiving & Warehouse manager. (Kwik Goal manufactures goal posts, primarily for Soccer, and provides all equipment associated with the sport of Soccer.) Chad oversees all operations for 2 of the 3 buildings on site and one other warehouse offsite. He is quite the guru when it comes to report building, and has created many reporting templates for various departments throughout the company.

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Sensei George Mcknight

Sensei George Mcknight has worked in software development for over 20 years, is a hobbyist sign maker, screen printer, and devoted father to Megan.

I live in Lansdale, in the home that both my Grandfather, and my daughter were born in.  In 2007, I left my job of 13 years to take part in a web development company startup, and have been the V.P. of Product Development  ever since.

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Sensei Shawn Aupperlee

Sensei Shawn Aupperlee currently holds the rank of Shodan (first degree black belt) in the International Shotokan Karate Federation.

He has trained in multiple styles of karate spanning over fifteen years, earning his black belt in each discipline.

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Sensei Tom Heckler

Sensei Tom Heckler is the father of 2 boys and the husband of a wonderful wife. He is a property manager by trade, but karate practitioner and avid golfer are his passions. Teaching is more of a reward than a duty for him. He looks forward to doing these well into the future.

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