Master Rachael Evans is the chief instructor at Quantum Martial Arts, with over 35 years of martial arts experience. A sixth-degree black belt, she teaches a unique style of her own creation that blends Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Wing Chun, among others, in a challenging and positive learning environment.
Inspired by Bruce Lee’s performance in the movie Enter the Dragon, Master Evans first studied Shito-ryu as a youth. Since then martial arts has been a constant in her life, through a journey that includes management, music, bookkeeping, and the U.S. Marine Corps. She took her first Tae Kwon Do class from Master Mark Karasek in Twentynine Palms, CA, and studied under him for five years before returning to Seattle to teach.
Master Evans opened Quantum Martial Arts on Capitol Hill in Seattle in March of 1995 with just 8 students and 8,000 square feet of space. Since then, the school has grown to well over 100 students and moved to its current larger location in First Hill.
Master Evans moved to San Francisco and opened a second Quantum Martial Arts dojo in the Mission District in 2007. The school has since grown from a handful of Seattle transplants to a thriving program for all ages that continues to expand. The Quantum style continues to develop as well, as her experience with yoga, body work, and healing arts deepens.
Amy Popovich, Assistant Instructor, has been training with Quantum Martial Arts for over ten years, and has earned the rank of 0 Dan, recommended black belt. As an Assistant Instructor, she brings with her 18 years experience practicing yoga, and a life-long love of dance and movement arts. As Board President and Communications & Design Director for Quantum, Amy brings 14 years experience in design and copywriting for advertising, marketing, public relations, and publishing clients.
Amy works as a freelance graphic designer and manages the publishing of student writing for 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center located behind the Pirate Supply Store. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing. Additional experience working with youth includes four years as a summer and environmental camp counselor, lifeguard, and swim instructor.
Drew Uthman, Assistant Instructor, has been training with Quantum Martial Arts for eight years and has earned the rank of 1st Gup, high red belt. Drew has trained in Kenpo Karate, Wing Chun, and wrestling. A lifelong athlete, he has extensive experience in sports and training methodologies and is always looking for new physical challenges.
Always training with compassion and a smile, he encourages dialogue with students, motivating them to bring their best self forward and to enjoy themselves in the process. He brings years of community volunteer experience to teaching in the children and teens’ programs, which he aims to do with levity and camaraderie.
When away from the dojo, Drew works as a professional animator, filmmaker, and sculptor. He has previously worked as a wedding photographer and on several feature films and music videos.
Daniel James, Assistant Instructor, has been training with Quantum Martial Arts for over twelve years and holds the rank of 4th Gup, blue belt. He brings to his role as Assistant Instructor over twenty years of entrepreneurial leadership and the patience and sense of fun of the father of two young children.
Daniel is CEO and co-founder of Three Rings, an online games studio founded in 2001 and acquired by SEGA in 2011. His background is in game design and he founded his first company at age 18 in 1990. His most recent professional endeavor saw him heading up a research team in Artificial Intelligence for Facebook.
Brad Lyons, Assistant Instructor, has been training with Quantum Martial Arts for five years and holds the rank of 2nd Gup, red belt.
Prior to teaching at Quantum, he trained as a child with his father for 10 years in Tae Kwon Do and earned the rank of 1st Dan, black belt, in 1987 under Master Ryong Hwang in Indianapolis. Then life got busy and Brad took over 20 years off before returning to martial arts. During this time he grew into an adult, but the lessons of growing up in a dojo stayed with him and shaped the person he is today.
Brad has a degree from Purdue University in Engineering, an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago, and is currently Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Palmer Johnson Power Systems, an Off-Highway powertrain solutions provider.
* Additional kids & teens classes are also taught by Mr. Alex Kleissner, a 4th Gup blue belt at Quantum Martial Arts.