INSTRUCTOR BIO'S

  • Winter Garden Karate open summer 2004 and since then has reached 11 years in the business. A family business created by owner Kermit Gonzalez and joined by his son and daughter Sensei Li Gonzalez and Sensei Yaidel Gonzalez. 
  • Serving as a alternative option for recreational activities, by helping children and adults build self confidence, physical goals and learning the Art of Self Defense. 
  • We start them as early as 4 years of age and up. We are a family oriented martial arts academy. 
  • We Provide programs such as After School, Evening Classes, Summer Camp and Private Lessons.
  • Some students have been with us since we open and now have become instructors and mentors to young students coming up in the rank.    

Shihan Kermit Gonzalez. 
  • Started Martial Arts training at the age of 10 in 1970 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. During his youth he actively practiced Judo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, and Wing Chun Kung Fu.
  • After 5 years of studying the Art of Shotokan / Karate-Do in 1975 he received the rank of 1st degree black belt.
  • In addition to Shotokan he was also studying Tae Kwon Do and Kyokushin-Kai Karate-Do.
  • 1977 he was promoted to 2nd Dan in Shotokan Karate and 1st Dan in Kyokushin-Kai Karate Do.
  • In 1977 Sensei Gonzalez joined the United States Army  in which his competition career started. He competed in Europe (Germany, France, Luxemburg, Texas, California, Mexicali, Mexico, and throughout the United States, and Korea from 1981 to 1996 achieving numerous 1st places, 2nd places, and over 40 Grand Championship Awards in Kumite "Fighting", Katas, and Weapons.
  • While stationed in El Paso, Texas with the U.S. Army he started training in Full Contact Kick-Boxing  and  Kenpo, Karate from 1981-1983 earning the rank of 1st Degree Black in Kenpo, under Sensei Bill Schubert. 
  •   Sensei Gonzalez also trained US Soldiers in Hand to Hand Combat/Combative and  Women Self Defense Seminars.
  • 1987 Sensei Gonzalez due to his extensive background and numerous tournament awards he was selected to train, coach, and represent the United States Army with a Team of Military member to the Intra Service Pan American Games, with his team of 8 Martial Artist bringing back 4 Gold Medals and 5 Silver and 4 Bronze in Kumite and Katas.
  •  1988 he was selected to attend the 1st All Army Tae Kwon Do Team Trial, making the All Army Tae Kwon Do Team, to go and compete for the Olympic Trials. Finished as the Runner Up / Alternate fighter in Miami, Florida.
  •  2001 was Inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame Master of the Year.
  • Sensei Gonzalez  Retired from  the US Army with 20 plus years in 1997, and from competition in 2001 due to a knee injury. 
  • With the guidance and expertise of  Sensei Gonzalez, All American Karate / Winter Garden Karate has created and will continue to create outstanding martial Artist.
Present Credentials:
  7th Dan - Kempo Jutsu Kai, (Hawaiian System under Professor Feliciano "Kimo" Ferreira)
  4th Dan - Shotokan Karate-Do (Shihan Hirokazu Kanazawa, Japan/Puerto Rico )
  4th Dan - Sei Ryoku Zen Yo Karate (Shihan Carlos Diaz , Carolina, Puerto Rico)
  3rd Dan - Shito Ryu Karate ( Shihan James Taylor and Mark Kern, Florida)
  1st Dan - Tae Kwon Do (Master Manuel A. Colon, Puerto Rico)
  1st Dan - Kenpo (Shihan Bill Schubert, Texas)

Head Instructor Li Gonzalez 4th Dan Kenpo Jutsu Kai
4th Dan in Shito-Ryu, Competed in numerous martial arts tournaments in USA and Europe, during his father military assignments. Has won several 1st & 2nd place in Kumite (Fighting). NFPT Certified Personal Trainer. 

Instructor Yaidel Gonzalez 4th Dan Kenpo Jutsu Kai
4th Dan in Shito-Ryu and has been studying martial arts from the age of 4. Achieved numerous awards studying the arts of Shito-Ryu, Shotokan and Kempo Jutsu Kai. Competed in numerous martial arts tournaments and won 1st and 2nd places in Point Sparring and Katas. (Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements, simulating a battle)
Full time college student and is an example to all young ladies in our community.


Instructor Devin Mendieta 
1st degree black belt in Shito Ryu and has been studying karate from the age of 5. Achieved numerous awards and recognition in the arts of Shiot-Ryu. Currently a junior at West Orange High School. 

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