Our Instructors

Mr. Jay Myers

Mr. Jay Myers is a United States Marine Corps veteran and earned the rank of sergeant. It was in the Marine Corps where he learned hand-to-hand combat techniques representing various martial arts styles. Following his service, Mr. Myers continued his training by studying Ed Parker Kenpo. In February of 2015, he began studying under Mr. Glenn Carder of the Martial Arts Training Institute. In October of 2017, Mr. Myers earned his first-degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate. He earned and was awarded his second-degree Black Belt and was promoted to Certified Instructor in October 2019. In November 2021 he received his third-degree Black Belt and a first-degree Black Belt in Kubodo Cane. Professionally, Mr. Myers is a Captain for the Charlotte Fire Department with over 20 years of service.

Mr. Dave Skolarus

Mr. Dave Skolarus, a retired Air Force Major, had a 46 year flying career in both the US Army and the Air Force, finishing his career flying high profile charters for NetJets. He has a broad instructor background teaching military and civilian commercial pilots and teaching and mentoring high school students in one of our poorest NC counties. Dave has studied under Mr. Glenn Carder since 2015 and has achieved a 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo Karate. In March 2018, after much training, he broadened his knowledge and became a Certified Instructor in Tai Chi/ Qigong with Dayan Arts. He earned his 2nd degree Black Belt in October 2020. He is also the Program Director for MATI Clubs LLC.

Mr. Derrick Edwards

Mr. Derrick Edwards is a Site Development Manager for Ericsson and has a successful career for over 20 years building wireless networks across the United States. He also owns a successful Bail Bonds Company in Charlotte NC for over 10 yrs. Derrick made a promise that once his son Garrett achieved his 1st degree Black Belt, he would start karate with Mr. Carder. After much work and dedication, Mr. Edwards earned his 1st degree Black Belt in October 2017 and his 2nd degree Black Belt in April 2019. He was promoted to a MATI Clubs staff member in January 2019. In May 2021, he successfully tested for his 3rd degree Black Belt AS WELL AS a 1st degree Black Belt in Kubodo Cane AND Kubodo Nunchaku. In September 2021, Mr. Edwards opened at MATI Clubs @ Anson Co school location in his town with much success! In November 2021, he was promoted to Chief Instructor. One fun fact about Mr. Edwards is that he is a North Carolina native. He graduated from Independence High School and currently lives in Wadesboro NC.

Mr. Eric Clark

Mr. Eric Clark started his karate training at the age of 6 in 2009 under Chief Master Instructor Glenn Carder at the BCCA Karate Club location. On October 18, 2014, Mr. Clark earned his 1st degree Black Belt. He continued his training with Mr. Carder, and after much training earned his 2nd degree Black Belt in April 2018, and his 3rd degree Black Belt in October 2019. He also received a 1st degree in Kubodo Cane in October 2019. While training, Mr. Clark also taught as a Lead Instructor for Mr. Carder at the NOMAD Karate Club location. In January of 2021, Mr. Clark received his Eagle Scout, and he graduated from Back Creek Christian Academy in the same year. Currently, Mr. Clark is enrolled at the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and he is a Club Instructor at the BCCA Karate Club location. In November 2021, he was promoted to Chief Instructor.

Miss Courtney Blacker

Miss Courtney Blacker began her martial arts training in January 2015 under Chief Master Instructor Glenn Carder. She earned her 1st degree Black Belt in April of 2018. After much training, she was awarded her 2nd degree in May 2021. She was promoted to Instructor in December 2019 and Certified Instructor November 2021. She is the Lead Instructor for our Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday underbelt class programs at MATI Clubs Evolution. She is very passionate for children with special needs and serves weekly as a “one-on-one buddy” alongside a child with Autism. Miss Blacker is furthering her education by studying Applied Behavior and Child Development specifically pursuing a career in the special needs field. Miss Blacker was promoted to Chief Instructor, April 2022.

Miss Danielle Kallaur

Miss Danielle Kallaur started her martial arts journey fall of 2015. She earned a 1st degree Black Belt in April 2018, 2nd degree in October 2019. She was promoted to a MATI Clubs staff member in 2019 and Instructor level in January 2020. After much training and dedication, she successfully earned a 3rd degree Black Belt and a 1st degree Black Belt in Cane, November 2021. Miss Kallaur was promoted to Certified Instructor November 2021. She is very passionate about martial arts, especially wrestling, kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She is currently in high school and is planning on becoming a translator for the U.S. government in Russian & Chinese.

Professor Paulo Elsimaani

Professor Paulo “Mushu” Elsimaani is a 5th degree Black Belt and World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ). He is the Head BJJ Professor/ Coach at CheckMat North Carolina. He started BJJ at 16 years old under Professor Rillion Gracie. Soon after Mushu moved to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and began training with one of the Grandmasters, Carlson Gracie’s Black Belts, Fernando Pinduka. After many years of training and competing, he was rewarded with his Brown Belt and relocated to New York with his family. He continued his training with Roni Cardosa, an Alliance Black Belt under Fabio Gurgel. In 1999, he became a Certified BJJ Black Belt under Jacare Cavalcanti.

Mr. Garrett Edwards

Mr. Garrett Edwards started with Mr. Carder the summer of 2011 at the MATI Clubs @ BCCA location. In April 2015, Garret earned his 1st degree Black Belt and after much training earned his 2nd degree Black Belt in April 2018. In early 2019, Garrett joined the Black Belt only weapons program. In May 2021, Garrett earned a 3rd degree Black Belt as well as a Black Belt in Kobudo Cane and Kobudo Nunchaku. In early September 2021, Garrett and Derrick Edwards opened MATI Clubs @ Anson County. He still trains under Mr. Carder, and in November 2021 Garrett was promoted to Instructor. Mr. Edwards is continuing his training and working towards a Black Belt in Kobudo Bo/Staff. Garrett is a high school student, and has been homeschooling since the 2nd grade. He plans on being an entrepreneur in the future.

Dr. (Rup) Misra

Dr. (Rup) Misra has been a MATI student for the past 3 years and was promoted to Instructor in November 2021. He earned his 1st degree Black Belt in October 2020 and after much training, achieved 2nd degree Black Belt in Nov 2021. He is continuing his training and is working towards 3rd degree completion, October 2022. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician working in the Charlotte area for nearly a decade. He has special interests in self-defense grappling/ hand to hand combat training. He has two children in the MATI Clubs program, Selena (who achieved 1st degree Black Belt in Nov 2021!!) and Neil (a future Black Belt!).

Mr. Chris Strout

Mr. Chris Strout is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America and has been a MATI Instructor since November 2021. Chris began his martial arts journey in 2014 and earned his Shodan (1st Degree) Black Belt in traditional Okinawan karate in 2018. He began studying with Mr. Carder/ MATI Clubs the same year, earning his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2020 and 2nd Degree in 2021. He is currently studying for his 3rd Degree Black Belt and enjoys learning cane and other weapons. Chris has two sons in the program: Daniel, a 1st Degree Black Belt, and Ethan, who is a Black Gi and will test for his 1st Degree soon. He assists in teaching the 1st degree Black Belt students on Monday evenings.

Mr. Mateo Carder

Mr. Mateo Carder is the youngest of Mr. Carder’s four children. He started his training at the age of 3 years old under his dad’s instruction. He successfully earned his 1st degree Black Belt in 2016 and in 2018, after much training received his 2nd degree Black Belt. In May 2021, he received his 3rd degree Black Belt and a 1st degree Black Belt in Kobudo Cane. He continues his training in Shorinji Kempo karate as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Paulo Mushu Elsimaani. He is a staff member at MATI Clubs @ Evolution and assists in teaching the children and Black Belt students on Thursdays and Saturdays. He is currently a student at West Cabarrus High school. He is in the Academy of Aviation and Aerospace at the school and hopefully looking into a career in aviation. He got promoted to Instructor in 2021 and is looking forward to enhancing his martial arts education further.

Mr. Mason Tortorelli

Mr. Mason Tortorelli started karate in the late summer of 2015 at 9 years old. He earned his 1st degree Black Belt in October 2018 and aims to earn his 2nd degree Black Belt in April 2022. He was promoted to a MATI Clubs staff member in 2019 and was promoted to Instructor in November 2021. Mr. Tortorelli assists classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. His two biggest passions are martial arts and music. He is currently a high school student and plans on becoming a professional classical musician (Flutist).

Mr. Dalton Anderson

Mr. Dalton Anderson has been with Mr.Carder and MATI Clubs for the past 9 years and has grown to be an incredible staff member. He was promoted to Instructor November 2021. He is a 3rd degree Black Belt (May 2021), a 1st degree in Kobudo Cane as well as a 1st degree in Kobudo Nunchaku. He is one of the Black Belt students in our weapons program. He has raced dirt bikes and mountain bikes for the past 4 years across the east coast and intends to grow more in that industry. He plans to one day own a dojo with MATI Clubs and grow to become a well-rounded Chief Instructor.