Management / Instructors

GEMA Instructors Group PictureGentle East is proud to offer you the highest caliber of instructors to guide you along your journey of excellence. With more than 100 years of experience between them, you can be assured our instructors have the necessary first-hand knowledge to ensure quality training.

The Masters Robinson

Grand Master Bernard Robinson, Grand Master Barbara Robinson and Master Bernard Robinson Jr.

Gentle East Martial Arts is the area’s oldest Taekwondo school and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.
“The children of some of our original students are now studying with us,” said Grand Master Barbara Robinson, a seventh degree black belt, “and we are very excited to introduce another generation of the Gentle East Martial Arts family to the many benefits of Taekwondo training.”

Gentle East offers beginning to advanced Taekwondo and self-defense classes for all ages.

The Robinsons founded the school in 1987 in Woodlake and the current dojang was custom-built in 2009. In January 2017 the ownership of the school was entrusted to longtime GEMA Instructors Master Eric Rangel-Ribeiro and Master Joshua Fracker in a partnership with the Grand Masters Robinson.

We invite you to become a part of the Gentle East family!

Master Larry Hairston

Master Instructor

Master Hairston is a 5th degree Black Belt. He started training in October, 1987, as the first adult student, the only one for the first year. His son and daughter are also Black Belts.

Master Eric Rangel-Ribeiro

Master Instructor

Master Rangel-Ribeiro joined the GEMA family in 2004, has been training in Tae Kwon Do for over 17 years and is currently a 4th Dan. He works with the students on improving their Hyungs and based on his extensive training and knowledge of WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) forms. Additionally, as an owner, and managing partner of Gentle East Martial Arts, he oversees school operations.

Master Joshua Fracker

Master Instructor

Master Fracker is a 4th Dan black belt, who teaches all aspects of the Taekwondo curriculum. He enjoys working with students of all ranks and ages, and brings to his teaching a wealth of knowledge and experience as a student, instructor, and former competitor. Master Fracker is a teacher in the Chesterfield County Public Schools. Master Fracker is also a co-owner of Gentle East Martial Arts.

Mrs. Annette Deane


Mrs. Deane became part of GEMA after joining the MMOMA class in 1998. Three years later she received her black belt and is now a 3rd degree black belt and is working on preparing for her 4th Dan test. She has been teaching a wonderful group of children and adults in the forms class on Friday evenings for more than 13 years.

Mrs. Esther Kraft


Esther started in MMOMAS class in 1999 when her daughter was 6 months old. She was awarded her red belt one month before her son was born in 2001. In 2008, after taking a little time to raise her kids, she received her black belt.
Esther is a 3rd Degree black belt and is preparing for her 4th Dan test. She enjoys working on forms and concentrating on understanding the purpose of each move and passing that along to the students that she teaches.

It’s really exciting to watch a kid light up when they’ve learned something new.

Currently Esther, her husband Mark, and her son Gabe, take Tae Kwon Do; they enjoy having a family activity together.

Mr. Matt McLaughlin


Matt has been training since 2002, and came to GEMA as a black belt in 2010. He earned his 3rd Dan in 2014. Matt enjoys working with his students and tries to pass on the core values of Tae Kwon Do, which they can not only use to succeed as a martial artist, but in many other aspects of life.

Ms. Anneke Craig


Anneke has been training at GEMA for more than ten years. She is currently a Third Dan Dan Black Belt instructor, and received her First Dan Junior Black Belt in Spring 2012. Anneke has been assisting and teaching in all level classes for five years. . Anneke lives by the tenets of Taekwondo and teaches her students to do the same.

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