master matt snyder

Master Snyder, 6th Degree Black belt is a "SHEEPDOG" and a lifelong martial artist with more than 28 years of experience in various martial arts and law enforcement instruction. Matthew began studying with Master Gates in 1986 at the original training center in Flinton, PA. During his first decade of training in the martial arts he earned three significant promotions, ultimately receiving his 3rd Degree Black Belt in 1999. He was an active competitor in point-based sparring, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, continuous contact sparring, as well as experience as an international competitor in full contact karate events in South Korea. 
His second decade of training showed his versatility, passion and dedication in the martial arts community. Master Snyder spent a significant amount of time instructing self-defense and defensive tactics to targeted groups, which included children's community programs, federal agencies, and law enforcement officers. His professionalism and level of technical expertise in the defensive tactics arena is credited by his notable prior full time employment with the Central Intelligence Agency, National Nuclear Security Agency, and Federal Air Marshal Service. 
In this current chapter of Master Snyder's martial arts journey he has spent the past 8 years teaching and proving the best the arts has to offer. He continues to document fighting theory, prove techniques, and apply the most effective instructional methods for the students at MBGKARMA. His high energy and street application instructional methods have become part of MBGKARMA culture with the black belt staff members.
Matt recently won a SILVER Medal in the UAE AL AIN Brazilian Jui Jitsu Championships ! March 2016!
Master Snyder shares martial arts theory in:
Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan
Combat Hapkido
Submission Grappling
Defensive Tactics
Edged weapons and Handguns for defense
Muay Thai Boxing
Reality Martial Arts

        Meet our ACTIVE Instructors

​MR. WILLIAM "HOOVER 

Mr. steve becker

Mr. William Hoover

Grand Master Brian Gates

William began his training over 13 years ago with Grandmaster Brian Gates at a very young age , earning his 2nd degree Black Belt rank ranking , Currently he is a full time college student at Seton Hill Will continues to train and assist with instruction to this day each and every break he gets.

Grand Master Brian Gates

master matt snyder

Master Brian Gates "SHEEPDOG" 5th Degree Black belt under World Kickboxing Champion Joe Lewis, 8th Degree Blackbelt and "Grandmaster” under Grandmaster Danny Lane and earned several other prestigious ranks including prestigious 9th Degree Black belt. With great pride earned certified ranking in multiple disciplines of karate, martial arts and kickboxing. You can read more about Master Brian Gates lineage on the “About Master Brian Gates” page. Master Brian Gates, with over 37 years of experience, He blends traditional karate training, being a champion in the ring and working professionally in the law enforcement defensive tactics fields as an instructor, international security protection into a Reality Martial Arts self-defense system that will assure you the skills to defend yourself in a real world physical attack. There is a major difference in martial arts for sport and street self-defense! Martial arts for sport is a tremendous workout and you will learn some very nice forms and sparring methods but they are not conducive to street defense. 
Master Brian Gates is very proud to be a member of  ILEETA, Certified Instructor for DT / MEB / MOAB /OCAT & Handgun to ALL Law Enforcement , Certified NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, NRA certified * NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION home Firearm Safety ,Certified Pistol Instructor & USCCA CERTIFIED" UNITED STATES CONCEALED CARRY FIREARMS AND PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR. 
You can be assured that the knowledge/ training methods shared with you by Master Brian Gates and his staff have proven to be effective having been put to the test "on the street, surviving the attack, dealing with the physical threat and will STOP the aggressive attacker. 

Steve Becker , training extensivly in multiple styles of martial arts for over 20 years earned his Black Belt rank in December of 2016, he continues to train, learn and share his knowledge of Reality Defense/ Ground Fighting Skills and Brazilian Ju Jitsu with linage from the  world famous GRACIE Family for Street Survival.


Mr. steve becker