Mr. Scott Gonzalez
6th Degree Black Belt
Scott Gonzalez and his family reside in Peoria, and offer his classes the experience of twenty-four years in training and teaching of the late Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate. During his two-plus decades in Kenpo, he has had the privilege of instructing children and adult classes, advance classes for upper ranks, and the advantage of private instruction for the development of numerous students over the years. He additionally teaches Kickfit classes, incorporating beginning to advanced combinations derived from his martial experience.
Mr. Gonzalez held a teaching credential in secondary education until 2008, and current fingerprint clearance by the state of Arizona. With almost a decade of working with a wide range of students in high school classes, ranging from immersion to Honors classes, Mr. Gonzalez developed and implemented his skills to meet the multiple needs and abilities of his students, eliciting the fullest talents of each individual.
By applying the techniques and principles of the education profession in conjunction with his martial arts experience, and utilizing the comprehensively structured curriculum of American Kenpo Karate, Mr. Gonzalez is able to bring a warm and unique experience to the development of each Desert Dragon student.
Scott Gonzalez has been a student of the art since 1990, having earned his Black Belt through Grandmaster Larry Tatum in 1995 in his Pasadena school. He trained under Master Rick Jeffcoat from 1990 until 2005 when he moved to AZ and considers him both a mentor and friend. On December 17th, 2010, Mr. Gonzalez was promoted to 6th Degree Black. Mr. Gonzlaez additionally trained at Brian Hawkin’s studio in Venice Beach, CA, relishing the opportunity to work with an incredible group of black belts that offered new insights and applications to his training.
“I would like to sincerely thank my instructor, Mr. Rick Jeffcoat, for his years of instruction, friendship, and support. Without his countless hours and expertise in isnstructing me, this dream would remain that, only a dream.
I would also like to extend my thanks to Mr. Hawkins and his cadre of students that made the years in LA so educational and memorable. The atmosphere of friendship and excellence at your school is a major part of the experience I work to bring the Arizona community.” Mr. Scott Gonzalez