Meet Mr. Kern. He has as much enthusiasm and energy as a roomful of second graders and isn't afraid to use it.

The head instructor and owner of Lakes Martial Arts is Mr. R. J. Kern, a 5th degree black belt who started martial arts in 1991. He earned his black belt in 2002 and became a nationally-certified American Taekwondo Association (ATA) Instructor in 2004. Mr. Kern served as a head instructor of a club under Master William Hauptman, Paragon Martial Arts from 2004-2008 and moved to Minneapolis in 2011 and started Lakes Martial Arts in 2013. He was awarded his 5th degree black belt in 2018.

When not teaching, Mr. Kern enjoys Crossfit-style workouts, relaxing with his kids, and traveling the world with his camera pursuing his fine-art.

Click to view his wedding and portrait work or view his personal work here.