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Who We Are

About Dragon Gym Martial Arts & Fitness in Exton, PA

Somnath Sikdar

Owner and Chief Instructor at Dragon Gym Martial Arts & Fitness in Exton, 5th Degree Black Belt

The Dragon Gym is a Martial Arts and Fitness Organization founded in Exton, PA during the early seventies by Grandmaster Chae T. Goh. The school is currently run by Somnath Sikdar, Lawrence (Lonnie) Beck and Chris Taylor � a dynamic team that has trained together since childhood and remain dedicated to serving the local community by teaching the benefits of martial arts, physical fitness and healthy living in this modern era.

We offer a wide range of training for kids and adults including classes in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Russian Kettlebells, Tai Chi, Kali-Silat, Power Yoga Classes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA and Personal Training. Browse our website to learn more about the training and see how our programs can increase fitness, enhance confidence, reduce stress, and help with weight loss/fat loss. Our programs improve overall health and fitness for students of all ages.

Our Mission:

�To make Dragon Gym synonymous with Martial Arts, Health, and Fitness in the Chester County Community, and make this community the healthiest in the nation.�

As a martial arts and fitness organization we are committed to the promotion of self-defense, physical fitness and personal development. We have been serving the residents of Exton, West Chester, Malvern, Downingtown, PA for over 40 years and are consistently voted the best martial arts studio in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Master Somnath Sikdar


Master Somnath Sikdar is the Head Instructor at the Dragon Gym and has been training in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido for over 25 years under Grandmaster Chae Teok Goh. He is currently a Fifth degree black belt and is certified by the World Taekwondo Headquarters (Kukkiwon). His training has covered a broad spectrum of martial arts to include a variety of weapons, self-defense, traditional and sport Tae Kwon Do. He has also studied Hapkido under Grandmaster Han Jae Ji.

In conjunction with martial arts, he instructs training with the Russian Kettlebell, and holds the Level 1 RKC and Level 1 SFG Certifications. While the focus of kettlebell and barbell training is strength, the other side of the same coin is function and quality of movement. For this reason, Master Sikdar uses the functional movement screen with his students and is a Level 1 and Level 2 certified FMS expert.

Master Sikdar has competed successfully in local, state, and collegiate tournaments. In addition, he continues to study western boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has attained a BSE in Electrical Engineering, along with minors in Systems Science and Economics, from the University of Pennsylvania. While completing this degree he was the President, Head Instructor, and Coach of the University of Pennsylvania WTF Tae Kwon Do Team.

Master Sikdar still coaches competitive Taekwondo athletes and is an active advisor to the UPENN WTFTKD Team and the West Chester University Taekwondo Team.

Master Lonnie Beck


Master Lonnie Beck began his training at Dragon Gym in 1990 at the age of ten. Since then he has trained directly under Grandmaster Chae T. Goh and Master Somnath Sikdar in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido and has earned the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. In addition to his traditional training, Master Lonnie has also trained extensively in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where he has earned the rank of Purple Belt in addition to his years of experience in Muay Thai kickboxing under the auspice of Angel Cartegena and others. He has also traveled to Thailand to train as a student at the exclusive Rawai Muay Thai Camp in Phuket.

Master Lonnie is the head instructor of Dragon Gym�s Pee Wee Program, Junior Black Belts, Junior Elite/Instructor Program and the Dragon Gym Muay Thai Program. His passion for teaching is evident each and every class and students can always expect to be welcomed into the group like family no matter the program they are interested in.

Head Instructor Chris Taylor


Head Instructor Chris Taylor has been a part of the Dragon Gym family since and has been involved in teaching for two decades. He has had the opportunity to train and learn directly from Grandmaster Goh and in turn has adopted his effective teaching style. In 2008 he received a commendation from Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) for his efforts on teaching and spreading Tae Kwon Do in the United States. Instructor Chris is the head instructor for the Dragon Gym Junior Program.

He also works with students in the Junior-Elite program specializing in Jiu-Jitsu. With the Martial Arts Curriculum, Chris emphasizes Self-Control and Responsibility and the value of these virtues to build a better life and a better society.

In addition to 2nd Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo & Hapkido, Chris holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He continues to study various martial arts including Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with the world-renowned Miglarese Brothers and Filipino Martial Arts with Guro Phil Matedne. He also consults on defensive tactics to various law enforcement and private security outfits.

How to Get Started

Come join our Exton, PA Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Adult Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Russian Kettlebells, Summer Camp, Yoga, and Kickboxing. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (610) 363-7575 if you have any further questions. Dragon Gym Martial Arts & Fitness hopes to speak with you soon!