Brian Church

Owner/Instructor

Brian is the founder and owner of Kitsap Martial Arts as well as the primary instructor of classes for adults, kids, and teens.

A Michigan native, Brian began his training in Budo Taijutsu while attending college in the late 1990s. In 2001, he moved to San Francisco and began studying under Dale Seago, one of the first 20 Americans to reach 5th dan. Since 2014, Brian has continued his training with Aric Keith of the Cascade Tenchijin dojo in Vancouver, Washington.

In 2019, Brian earned his 5th dan in Budo Taijutsu in Japan, just before Sōke Hatsumi retired from teaching. 

Brian holds rank in a number of other systems and uses this knowledge to gain a better understanding of how different types of movement connect to and complement one another. 

A Level I MovNat instructor, Brian believes that movement should be fun at every stage of life. He encourages his students to play and explore the boundaries of what they’re able to achieve. 

Brian moved to Poulsbo in 2007 and lives with his wife, two daughters, and their two dogs. When he isn’t working, spending time with his family, training, or teaching classes, Brian can be found planning his next D&D campaign, occupied with building projects around the house (or dojo!), or googling for the dates of the next Marvel or Star Wars releases. 


Melanie Stroud, Poulsbo Kickboxing program manager and instructor

Melanie Stroud

Kickboxing Program Manager / Instructor

Bio to come

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Erica Williams

Kickboxing Instructor

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Kassady Wright

Kickboxing Instructor

Bio to come

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Kela Quichocho

Kickboxing Instructor

Bio to come

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Verna Dumlao

Kickboxing Instructor

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Lauren Melone

Instructor

Lauren joined the KMA team in 2017 shortly after moving to Poulsbo, WA. Her background includes training in martial arts, stunt choreography, and acrobatics as well as CrossFit and StrongWoman athletics.

In true superhero fashion, she spends her days as a Speech Pathologist and in her free time, she inspires us all by lifting and sometimes throwing very heavy things.

Sensei Lauren has taken a break from teaching to focus on career and athletic pursuits but does occasionally drop in to say hello or to teach a class when her schedule allows.