Instructors

We take great pride in our instructors’ abilities to not only perform at a high-level, but also be able to teach students of all ages and physical abilities.  All of the Golden Lion Academy Instructors have undergone a vigorous certification process and are required to participate in regular instruction.

Grand Master John Paoli

6th Dan Black Belt – Kum Saja Do 5th Dan Black Belt – Kyuki Do 1st Dan Black Belt – Hapki do Brown Sash – Kung Fu Chief of Instruction for the Golden Lion Academy Head Instructor of The Hanover Park Park District Instructing since 1979 Master John Paoli started Martial Arts at age 10 …

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Master Jason Estes

5th Dan Black Belt – Kum Saja Do 4th Dan Black Belt – Kyuki Do Head of Instruction for the Golden Lion Academy, Head Instructor of Streamwood Park District, Keeper of the Forms for the Golden Lion Academy, Instructing since 1989, Mr. Estes martial arts career started different than one would imagine.  Jason did not …

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Mr. Jeff Rose

 4th Dan Black Belt – Kum Saja Do 3rd Dan Black Belt – Kyuki-do Head Instructor of McHenry Parks and Recreation Keeper of the Forms for the Golden Lion Academy Instructing since 1993 Mr. Rose started his formal training in Kyuki-Do at the Salt Creek Rural Park District under the tutelage of Master John Paoli …

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Mr. Rich Conforti

2nd Dan Black Belt – Kum Saja Do Head Instructor of Middletown Parks and Recreation Department Instructing since 2008 Mr. Rich Conforti was trained under the instruction of Mr. Jason Estes.  Rich became a Black Belt in 2003 and had been an Assistant Instructor until 2008 when he became an Instructor at Middletown, Connecticut Park …

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Mrs. Eileen Pasdiora

2nd Dan Black Belt – Kum Saja Do Head Instructor Parent / Tot Class Instructing since 2000 Mrs. Eileen Pasdiora has been a Black Belt with the Golden Lion Academy since the year 2000.  Her home school is the Streamwood Park District where she has been an Assistant Instructor and Instructor who currently teaches the …

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