Est. 2009 Pandas Karate started out in small warehouse in Gaithersburg, MD. It took hopes and a dream to one day teach the virtues of martial arts to students of all ages. Pandas Karate started with 0 students when it first opened. PK grew so much that we moved to our permanent address in between the cities of Olney & Rockville.
The Co-founder, Daniel Amaguana, understood the benefits of karate from his personal experience in growing up and having to deal with bullying and weight gain issues. He believed that through martial arts he could help someone face their fears without the use of a kick or a punch.
Along with his wife, Susan Amaguana, they embarked on their dream together creating new black belts and improving the quality of life for their students. Through their bully program "PK Armour", they now are able to help students on a new level to battle bullying without using a fist.
PK has become much more than we could have ever imagined. Welcome to our studio!
Meet The Founders
With over 20 years of experience in the martial arts industry, Daniel is a well rounded martial artist. He is a 5th degree black belt and was trained under master John Bussard, owner of the famous Kicks Karate schools. He was a former head instructor at Kicks Karate for 5 years and has helped promote over 100 students to black belt. Daniel was also a pre-school teacher at the Kentlands Children's Center, which helped broadened his teaching ability with young children.
Mr. Daniel currently trains with 7-time world kickboxing champion Marco Sies. He has also trained at the World XMA Headquarters, Manny Pacquiaos Wild Card Boxing gym in California, & Muhammad Ali's 5th St. Boxing Gym in Florida.
With her passion for customer service, Susan is a natural business owner. She was a former supervisor for Emergency Medicine Associates where she built their whole customer service department from the ground up. Currently she manages all office and billing duties at Pandas Karate. Susan is originally from New York and is a mother of 3 wonderful children.
She loves fitness and the self-defense aspects of the martial arts and is currently a black belt in karate. Catch her in action teaching our AM Kickboxing classes!