Our instructors and staff members, Pooler GA
Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Tang Soo Do, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.
Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.
Tang Soo Do Staff
MATHEW SANGIORGE (HEAD INSTRUCTOR)
Mathew Sangiorge is a 2nd Degree Black Belt with Pooler Karate. He assists with the Special Kicks classes, as well as the other classes offered here.
Matthew Sangiorge is our head instructor here at Pooler Karate. He has reached the rank of 2nd Degree in American Tang Soo So and is also a certified Krav Maga instructor. Mr. Sangiorge has been with school since the beginning. He started training with Master Fortner at a very young age, between 4 and 5 years old. His leadership has helped shape many of the students here.
JOE MCNAMEE (INSTRUCTOR)
Mr. Joe has been involved with Martial Arts for over 30 Years. He is a veteran Black Belt, and has shown great leadership since the day he showed up with his son Garrett and his loving wife Victoria.
ROBERT PANATI (INSTRUCTOR)
Robert assists with advanced Jr. classes and has graciously dedicated himself to the Adult Tang Soo Do program.
ALANA KELLY (INSTRUCTOR)
Alana has been with Pooler Karate since 2012 and is a 1st degree blackbelt. She currently in charge of our advanced lil’ Ninjas class and trains consistently in order to increase her knowledge of American Tang Soo Do as she helps to mentor other young students.
CHRISTABELLA CLOUTIER- (INSTRUCTOR)
As one of our newest staff members, Chris has really stepped up in a leadership position in both Lil’ Ninjas class and Jr class. She currently hold the rank of Green Belt in American Tang Soo do. Christabell has trained in TKD, Wing Chun, Japanese Sword and Kung Fu before joining the Pooler Karate team.
Krav Maga Staff
DAVID CLIFTON- (INSTRUCTOR)
David Clifton is Pooler Krav Magas newest Black B elt Instructor. David holds Black belts under Fit To Fight Krav Maga and the American Krav Maga Federation.
JOSEPH BOUCHARD- (INSTRUCTOR)
A Native of Deerfield, NH. Joe Bouchard entered the United States Army on 7 November 2000, attending One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga as an Infantryman, and immediately following attended the United States Army Airborne School, and the 75th Ranger Regiments Ranger Indoctrination Program earning the right to wear the beret.
Follow on assignments Include: Anti-Tank Assistant Gunner, Anti- Tank Gunner, Gun Team Leader, Fire Team Leader, and Rifle Squad; G37 Training NCO, Instructor of Military Science DMI, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY; Garrison RA NCOIC, United States Army Garrison, West Point, NY; Theater Security Cooperation NCOIC, Operations NCOIC (FWD KU), United State Army Central Command, Shaw Air Force Base, SC; Religious Affairs Observer Controller/Trainer, 188th IN BDE, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Joe Has completed the following military courses: U.S. Army Infantry School, U.S. Army Airborne School, 75th Ranger Regiments Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP), 75th Ranger Regiment Pre Ranger Course, U. S. Army Ranger School, Expert Infantry Course, 75th Ranger Regiment Team Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Modern Army Combative Program Level I & 2, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Chaplaincy Resource Management, Senior Leaders Course, Emergency Medical Ministry, Information Assurance Course, NATO Peace Support Operations, NATO Partner Staff Operations, Joint Medical Planner, Anti-Terrorism Officer Level II
Joe has completed specialized training and certifications in: Sig Sauer Master Pistol Instructor, Sig Sauer Master Rifle Instructor, Sig Sauer Master Shotgun Instructor, Sig Sauer Active Shooter Response Instructor, Jerry Barnhardt Tactical Shooting Technologies Course, Special Operations Close Quarter Combat Course, Basic Breacher Certification, Advanced Structural Breaching, Regimental Master Breacher Certification, Extensive combat experience with, and qualified as expert marksman day/night with the M9, M4A1, MK 48, MK 46, MK 47, MK 19, MK 15, Mk 12, Mk11, M240B, M3 Carl Gustav equipped with ECOS-N, SU-231, 4x DOS, AN/PVS-230, AN/PVS 14, AN/PVS 15, AN/PEQ-2A, LA/5 PEQ, QDSS, AM General Battlefield Damage Assessment and Repair Course, Battlefield Interrogation Course, Falcon View GPS Tracker Course, Ranger First Responder Course, Emergency Medical Technician–Intermediate, Assault Readiness Couse Instructor, Special Operations Combatives Program Instructor, Krav Maga/ Combat Pistol Lv1&2, Krav Maga Lv1 Knife, Krav Maga Lv1 Pistol.
MILLIE FORTNER- (INSTRUCTOR/OFFICE STAFF)
Millie is the Sister of Master Carson. She has become a very important part of the Pooler Karate Instructor team and staff. She is currently working toward her goal to become a Black Belt in Krav Maga.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Staff
JERRY GREENE- (CHIEF BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU INSTRUCTOR)
Jerry Greene is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes.
STACEY GALVAN- (PROGRAM DIRECTOR)
Stacey handles most of the behind the scene action. She covers everything from signing up new students, keeping the school clean, and manning the register. She is the loving mother to our two students, Nevaeh and Tiki.