• Owners

  • Owner and Head Instructor Charles Dean

    Martial Arts, Fitness, and teaching have always been important to Head Instructor, School Owner, and WI-MAFC co-founder Mr. Charles Dean. He graduated from Lafollette High School and earned a full football and track scholarship in 1989. He attended St. Cloud State University where he graduated in 1994 with a degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Corporate Fitness. During his third year at St. Cloud State, he enrolled at the St. Cloud Tang Soo Do martial arts school as a means of increasing his flexibility for football and track and was hooked immediately. He studied Tang Soo Do for nearly 8 years, attaining his 2nd Degree Black Belt and winning 3 Grand Championships during his time with the Moo Duk Kwan Federation. Everything came together very nicely for him as he earned two-time All American Honors in football as a running back and received professional tryouts with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and the Green Bay Packers.

    After graduation, Instructor Dean moved back to Madison, WI to be closer to family and friends. He began studying Hwa Rang Do in October 2000 at the Madison East location under Master David Kijek. While he studied in HRD, he attained the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt, became a 6-time undefeated sparring champion, and won the 2011 world heavy-weight grappling and weapon fighting championships. He also became the owner of two schools on Madison's West (2006) and North (2015) sides, and with the help of his outstanding team of black belt instructors, he was able to open 3 additional clubs in Stoughton, Mt. Horeb, and Fitchburg.

    In 2016, Mr. Dean left Hwa Rang Do to pursue a life-long dream and became co-founder of the Wisconsin Martial Arts & Fitness Center. Having his 3 sons (CJ, Isaiah, and Alex) training with him, and developing professional business relationships all over the state of Wisconsin (Widen Enterprises, Girl Scouts, Briarpatch, and the Department of Public Instruction), Mr. Dean has truly found what makes him happy, which is serving the community and teaching kids and adults.

  • Satellite Center Lead Instructors

  • Lead Instructor Shellie Skala

    (Fitchburg Center)

    Lead instructor at the Fitchburg Center, Shellie started her training in the martial arts in August of 2011, and holds a black belt at WI-MAFC. She is a firm believer in the discipline and structure that martial arts provides and makes it a family activity that she shares with her son and daughter.  Outside of training, Shellie works for a family business, Health Pharmacies.  She attends Metro Believers Church and enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Black Belt Instructors

  • Instructor Jason VandeKieft

    Instructor VandeKieft began his martial training shortly after arriving in Madison in 1998.  He has taught martial arts to people of all ages for the last ten years.  Instructor VandeKieft believes that anyone can benefit from martial training regardless of their age, gender, or ability.  

  • Instructor Natasha Williams

    Instructor Williams has been training in martial arts from a young age. Over the years she has participated in and helped host a variety of international and local seminars, tournaments, and demonstrations. Instructor Williams brings a background in teaching at the elementary level to the mat, blending school and martial art approaches during her weekly bilingual classes. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys traveling with her husband Gabe and spending time with their dog Oliver. She also loves trying new things with friends and family. She credits martial arts with giving her the confidence to take on new challenges and provide motivation and guidance to her students every day.

  • Instructor Carrie Puckette

    Carrie Puckette has been practicing martial arts weekly since the spring of 2007. She received her black belt the summer of 2012. She teaches regularly Monday and Wednesday for the children’s classes.

  • Instructor Heather Lee

    Instructor Lee has been participating in martial arts for over 20 years, of which more than 15 have been spent teaching. She especially enjoys teaching kids as they have the most to gain. She finds it greatly rewarding to see a child beam with self-confidence whenever they learn a new skill or receive a good report from home or school. Outside of the dojang, Instructor Lee works as a realtor and a nurse. Through both, she has found that she loves working as an advocate for people and loves teaching them about health and investments. She feels blessed that she loves the work that she does and still has time to dabble in other things. Martial Arts have led Instructor Lee to also train in parkour, gymnastics, and stunts, each of which has taught her fundamentals that carry over to martial arts teaching.

  • Instructor Elyse Pierce

    Elyse Pierce is an instructor at the Madison West and Madison North locations of WI-MAFC. She has been training in various martial arts since she was 7 years old and is a Black Belt. Out of all the sports she has ever played, she thinks martial arts are the most fun, so she'll probably be doing them for the rest of her life. Instructor Pierce graduated from Verona Area High School in 2011 and from Hamline University in 2015 with a major in Psychology and minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Religion. She currently works in child care. 

  • Instructor Kevin Mancusi

  • Assistant Instructors

  • Assistant Instructor Josh Porter

  • Assistant Instructor Kerstin Gorsuch