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 4th 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. He was awarded his 4th degree black belt in 2014.

When not teaching, Mr. Kern enjoys running around Lake Harriet with his golden doodle, Willy and traveling the world with his camera.

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