Schools - Burnsville

Master Instructor: Kerry Kruckow

7th Degree Black Belt

Kerry Kruckow

Master Kerry Kruckow began his training in 1981 while earning his Black Belt in 1986 under the tutelage of Grand Master Worley and Grand Master Franks.  He began teaching for USA Karate later that year and by 1988 had his second degree with a double major in sparring and teaching.

Master Kruckow's dedication to the art and his ability to connect with both Junior's and Adult students has led to many of his students to train under his direction for as much as 20 years.

Master Kruckow took tournament 1st place wins at each of the local N.C.K.A. tournaments: City of Lakes Open, Fall Central States, Twin Cities Open, Minnesota State Championships, Eau Claire Open, La Cross Open, and Spring Central States. He was ranked #1 in the N.C.K.A. Black Belt Sparring Division from 1988-1990 and took Grand Champion at the City of Lakes Open as well as the Minnesota State Championships. Mr. Kruckow will soon be celebrating his 26th year of honorable service to his students at USA Karate. Currently a 7th Degree Black Belt he continues his knowledge by studying other forms of Martial Arts such as, American Tae Kwon-Do and Brazilian Jujitsu.


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Aisa Kim-Karate

Aisa Kim-Karate

4th Degree Black Belt

Ms. Kim began her training in 1997. She received her Black Belt under Master. Kruckow in 1999. She received her 2nd Degree in 2001. She received her 3rd degree with a specialization in teaching in 2004. She received her 4th degree with a specialization in self- defense in 2009.

Ms. Kim is currently employed as an assistant instructor and in this capacity has helped many students receive their black belts.  Ms. Kim is also an active judge in NCKA Karate tournaments  and has worked with many USA Karate students to help them become more effective competitors.

DeNae - PlatinumYoga

DeNae - PlatinumYoga


DeNae is a nationally certified yoga instructor in Vinyasa, Hatha and Yoga Anatomy. DeNae has been teaching for several years in the Burnsville and Apple Valley area and has over 700 hours of instruction time.  DeNae works hard to know her students needs and goals and to create a fun, friendly environment.

www.platinum-yoga.com or call 612-859-0315

Class schedule available below; give Yoga a try!

David B. Younglove

David B. Younglove

6th Degree Black Belt

Achieving 1st Degree Black Belt level is symbolic of being both a finishing and a starting point in ones training

• Received his 1st degree black belt, after 3 1/2 years of training on January 24, 1987 at the age of 17

• Achieved 2nd degree black belt in May of 1989

• Achieved 3rd degree black belt on April 27, 1996

• Achieved 4th degree black belt on June 10th, 2000

• Achieved 5th degree Master black belt in June of 2005

• Achieved 6th degree Master black belt on August 17, 2012

• Minnesota State champion in 1989

• Top N.C.K.A. competitor in forms divisions 1988-1990

• Grand Champion at the Northern Stars Karate Championships in 1995

• Top black belt in 30-39 Traditional Form division 2005-2006 • Top team black belt competitor 2002-2006

• Ranked #1 in 40-49 Tradition Form 2012-2013 NCKA season

• Currently Ranked #1 in 40-49 Tradition Form 2013-2014 NCKA season

Mr. David B. Younglove specializes in helping each individual student build a strong self-esteem in a positive learning environment and started his martial arts training over 30 years ago on August 24, 1983. Mr. Younglove began teaching Karate part time in the spring of 1987 and instructed full time from 1988-1990. In June of 1990, Younglove entered the Marine Corps and was stationed in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia, Japan, and Thailand where he was chosen to train Thailand Marines in Hand to Hand Combat. The discipline learned in karate class helped Younglove to be honored in the top 1% of high power rifle marksman with a spot on the prestigious Marine Corps rifle team where he earned 1 silver and 2 gold medals in national competition. After 4 years, 3 months active duty in the infantry and 1 1/2 years as a reservist Marine MP, Younglove returned to teaching full time from March 1st, 1995 until October 1st, 2006. Mr. Younglove has assisted hundreds of students build focus and discipline through the teachings of the martial arts and mentored hundreds of youth to understand that the discipline of karate reaches beyond the karate school and into their school work as well. Mr. Younglove is very proud that many young students he has worked with have later reach out to him to be a character reference for college and job applications.

Steve Seme

Steve Seme

1st Degree Black Belt
Mr. Seme started his martial arts training in 1986 studying karate and tae kwon do. After several years outside of the martial arts community, Mr. Seme enrolled his children at USA Karate and decided it was time to return. He earned his Black Belt with USA Karate in January 2011. Mr. Seme is an active participant in the North Central Karate Association (NCKA) where he received a top competitor award in 2013. Mr. Seme enjoys teaching and participating in traditional form and sparring. His goals are to continue to learn new styles/techniques and to encourage students to set and reach their goals.
Ben Seme

Ben Seme

1st Degree Black Belt
Mr. Seme "junior" began his martial arts journey at the age of 5 and earned is Black Belt in May 2010. He is very passionate about the tournament side of karate participating in local NCKA and national NASKA tournaments. Mr. Seme received a NCKA top competitor award in two divisions in 2013. Mr. Seme is grateful for the lessons karate has taught him, namely that goal setting, focusing on details and discipline to perform extra practice are required to succeed in any activity. His primary interests are traditional form, weapons and sparring. Mr. Seme enjoys helping other students become better competitors and would like to learn Brazilian Jujitsu.