My name is Sensei Dylan Knoll, and I have been with ACTIVSTARS and under the instruction of Renshi Dave Elam since 2000. I took a short break, came back and grew up through the ACTIVSTARS Karate program to soon earn my 1st Degree Black Belt in the style of Shotokan Karate.
I have a passion for learning Martial Arts and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others even more. I also believe that the teacher learns more from the student than the student learns from the teacher. I have also received training in various other styles of Martial Arts for grappling, throwing, pressure points, weapons, and I have had instruction from one of the Shaolin Monks from the Shaolin Temple, Shi Yang Qing.
My goal, as an ACTIVSTARS instructor, is to teach children about stranger danger, learn to protect themselves, and have fun doing it! I am a D.A.R.E. graduate. I was part of the DECA’s marketing system in High School and was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in High School.
I have also had the honor and privilege of meeting Master Kraig Hollingworth and being able to work with great instructors such as Hanshi Colby Lalli, the Midwest Karate Supervisor, Hanshi Se Han Kim, Kyoshi Ray Wright, Renshi Mike Tope, and many other amazing instructors.