MAY 2021 (Memorial Day weekend)
Open to Taekwondo America Black Belts, Master Experience is a weekend filled with fantastic workouts and seminars taught by Instructors from all over the country! Between the workouts and classes, relax and have a great time at the beach in beautiful St. Augustine, FL.
Renaissance World Golf Village Resort
500 South Legacy Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32092
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Book your group rate for Taekwondo America Memorial Day 2021.
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Friday, May 28, 2021 to Monday, May 31, 2021
Memorial Day Weekend
- Friday Schedule
- Saturday Schedule
- Sunday Schedule
- Monday Schedule
- Virtual ME
- Staff Training
- Presenter's Bio
- Rooms and Sponsors
1:00pm – 3:00pm: School owner/Future school owner check-in. (TA Ballroom)
3:30pm – 4:30pm: School owner/Future school owner workout (J. Lacy – TA Ballroom)
4:30pm – 5:00pm: School owner/Future school owners round table – Life Beyond Covid: Plans to resume normal classes (TA Ballroom)
7:00pm – 8:30pm: School owner dinner (Caddyshack)
May 29, 2021 Saturday
8:00am – 9:00am: Meet our sponsors (97 Display Room)
9:00am – 10:00am: Social media 101 (N. McGhee – 97 Display Room)
9:00am – 10:00am: Opening a TA school 101 (B. Lacy – Macho Room)
10:00am -12:00pm: Participant check-in (Century Room)
10:00am – 11:00am: Mass intros (D. Church – 97 Display Room)
10:00am – 11:00am: Maximizing your first year (Z. Harrell – Macho Room)
11:30am – 12:00am: High Rank Judges meeting (W. Anderson -TA Ballroom)
12:00pm – 3:00pm: High rank belt testing (TA Ballroom)
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Board of Examiners Meeting (TA Legends)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Opening Workout (Z. Scott – TA Ballroom)
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Team building (W. Anderson – TA Ballroom)
6:30pm – 8:00: Opening ceremony (MC – M. Dominach)
May 30, 2021 Sunday
8:00am – 9:00am: Meet today’s presenters with coffee (Macho Room)
8:00am – 9:00am: Brazilian Jujitsu (J. Kesler – Century Room)
8:00am – 9:00am: Getting people to events (W. Anderson – 97 Display Room)
8:00am – 9:00am: Stretching (J. Slomovitz – TA Ballroom)
9:00am – 10:00am: Red collar tournament judging (A. Sullivan – Century Room)
9:00am – 10:00am: Training students for national testing (M. Thompson – 97 Display Room)
9:00am – 10:00am: Teaching and rehabbing injured students (Denise Perdue – Macho Room)
9:00am – 10:00am: Sweaty workout (L. Karnath – TA Ballroom)
9:00am – 10:00am: Sponsors Presentation (TA Legends Room)
10:00am – 11:00am: Teaching through games (P. Dang – Century Room)
10:00am – 11:00am: Creating a championship demo team (B. Mischke – 97 Display Room)
10:00am – 11:00am: Black collar tournament judging (B. McCoy – Macho Room)
10:00am – 11:00am: Kickboxing (C. McKenzie – TA Ballroom)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Teaching proper techniques (S. Wilson – Century Room)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Tactical pen (J. Byrd – Macho Room) S Abbott
11:00am – 12:00pm: What NOT to say or do (M. Thompson – TA Ledgends Room)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Sparring by body type (J. Harrell, M. McCoy, K. Young, M. Dominach, S. Baxter, J. McClellan – TA Ballroom)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Century Martial Arts Presentation (Rebekah Graham – 97 Display Room)
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Sparring the legends (M. Dominach – TA Ballroom)
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Color belt form review (Southeastern Region/Floriday Region – TA Ballroom)
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Instructor certification (B. McCoy – Century Room)
2:00pm – 5:00pm: CPR certification (Macho Room)
3:00pm – 4:00pm: First and second degree black belt form review (Southern Region – TA Ballroom)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Third, fourth, and fifth degree black belt form review (Texas Region/Midwest Region – TA Ballroom)
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Level 3 Instructor Testing (TA Ballroom)
6:30pm – Pool Party
May 31, 2021 Monday
8:00am – 9:00am: Investments and retirement (W. Davis/R. Lacy – 97 Dispay Room)
8:00am – 9:00am: Stretching and recovery (J. Peck/E. Davis – TA Ballroom)
8:00am – 9:00am: So you want to open up a school (M. Dominach – TA Ledgends Room)
9:00am – 10:00am: Weeping style jujutsu (D. Church – Century Room)
9:00am – 10:00am: Creating an instructor team (J. Kesler – TA Ledgends Room)
10:00am – 11:00am: Krav Maga (B. Mischke/B. Monoghan – Century Room)
10:00am – 11:00am: Last chance sparring (J. Emmons – TA Ballroom)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Closing workout (J. Slomovitz – TA Ballroom)
12:00pm – 12:30pm: Pictures with ledgends, schools, and new friends (TA Ballroom)
Saturday, May 28
- 4:15 – Opening Workout (Z. Scott)
- 6:30 – Opening Ceremony (M. Dominach)
Sunday, May 29
- 8:00am – Stretching (J. Slomovitz)
- 9:00am – Sweaty Workout (L. Karnath)
- 10:00am – Kickboxing (C. McKenzie)
- 11:00am – Tactical Pen (J. Byrd)
Saturday – May 29, 2021 (8:00am – 10:00am) TA Ledgends Room
Mr. Will Anderson – Team Building
Castle Hills Taekwondo America
Father of 2, Chairman of the Board of Examiners, Owner of Castle Hills Taekwondo America, Senior Partner of ETS, meeting avoider, and very tired.
Team Building – Instructor Olympics! We will be breaking up in teams and competing in events like belt tying, stripe testing, and DODGEBALL!
Event attendance – CHTA is an event focused school, and I will be sharing my tips for increasing event participation. I will be breaking this down into local, regional, and national events.
Mr. Sean Baxter – Sparring by Body Type
Concord Taekwondo America
Sean Baxter started out in martial arts in 1984. Something about hours of Black Belt Theatre on TV and Karate Kid (summer of 1984) prompted him to enroll. 11 years later, in 1995, an opportunity to open his own Taekwondo program was presented to him. “Yes, sir!” was all it took, and Concord Taekwondo got its start.
Mr. Baxter continues to grow his business and assist the Taekwondo America organization as a Sr. Partner and officer.
2020, amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, Concord Taekwondo quietly has its 25th year anniversary.
David Church – Mass Enrollments/ Weeping-Style Jujutsu
David Church began his martial arts journey in 1996 in Johnson City, TN where he met his wife Shea. In 2000 he moved to Knoxville and began training with Taekwondo America under Mr. James Rich. Mr. Church and his wife opened Church’s Taekwondo America in 2007 in Maryville, TN.
Why work so hard trying to get sale after sale after sale when you can enroll 10-20 new students in one day?! This seminar will give owners and future owners the know-how to schedule, promote, and fill your workout floor with potential new students and the tips and tools to enroll them on day one. We’ve used this method to fill our floor with new white belts and add thousands of dollars in billing in just one day for years. Now I’m sharing it with you!
Kicking and punching people is awesome, but being able to bend them, break them, and throw them around is even cooler! We’ll make each other weep (bending like a weeping willow not crying…well maybe crying) and learn how the basics of this art can help your sparring and add to your self-defense skill.
Mr. Phuoc Dang – Teaching through games
Lake Norman Taekwondo
Master Phuoc Dang is a 7th degree Master. He started Taekwondo at the age of 13. In 1995 Master Dang opened a Taekwondo America club in Mooresville, NC. Five months later, with the help of a business partner, they turned the club into a full-time school (Lake Norman Taekwondo).
With over 32 years of experience in Taekwondo and 26 years of running a Taekwondo studio, his seminar will consist of fun drills that keeps the class exciting as well as educational.
Mrs. Elizabeth Davis – Stretching and Recovery
Davis’ Taekwondo America
Flexibility and Mobility-Yoga based Stretching
I started my Taekwondo training in Bay Minette Alabama in 1985. I have ran a Taekwondo School with my husband in Greensboro, North Carolina for 25 years and in McKinney Texas since 2015. I am currently an 8th Degree Black Belt, Master Level Instructor. I love sharing my knowledge of Taekwondo and helping others be the best Martial Artist they can be. In this class we will focus on how stretching can help in your Martial Arts Journey. The class will be Yoga and Pilates based. I am still recovering from foot surgery so I have enlisted the help of my dear friend Ms Julee Peck to teach with me. Please bring your belt and a towel to this class. Also it is completely acceptable to bring your coffee with you.
Mr. Warren Davis – Invvestments and Retirement
Davis’ Taekwondo America
I started my Taekwondo training in Birmingham, Alabama in 1977 at a young age. It became such a part of my life that I decided to open a full time Taekwondo school after college. The year was 1989 and I opened my first location in Greensboro, North Carolina. After 25 years of running the Taekwondo America school there with the help of my wife, we sold that school and moved to McKinney, Texas where we have been in operation since 2015.
We continue running a Taekwondo school because we enjoy working with students and teaching them about the martial arts. However, now that we are getting a bit older, the thought of retirement is getting closer each year. Anyone who runs their own business knows: it is up to you to make the proper financial steps to insure that you have a nest egg to live off of once you do decide to retire from actively teaching every day. This is what our seminar will cover. We will cover the things we have done over the last 30+ years to prepare for this eventuality.
Mr. Michael Dominach – Sparring the Ledgends/ Sparring by Body Type
Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy
7th Degree Master
I’ve been doing Taekwondo for 30 years and teaching for over 27. I’ve been doing it most my life, and it’s safe to say, I love it. And in addition to a lot of experience, I was fortunate to grow up in several different schools, under several different instructors. So I’ve been exposed to a variety of teaching styles, and different schools of thought.
I think that allows me to relate to other’s perspective, with multiple possible approaches to the same problem.
Sparring is a game. And it never gets old. I really like to play around with it and have fun with mental side of it. I don’t think I’m the best at sparring, and my age might be catching up to me. It might be the pizza actually (why is it so good?). I think I’m pretty
good at adapting to the person across from me, and that’s the aspect of sparring that people struggle with the most.
And if that doesn’t impress you on some level, I’ll simply point out that I’m the only current President teaching at this event. So there’s that . . .
Mr. John Emmons – Last chance sparring
Kissimmee Taekwondo America
8TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
I HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOREVER!
Started training in Okeechobee Fl, with my instructor Mr.Ken Mann in 1986.
Open my TaeKwonDo training center in Kissimmee/St. Cloud in Nov. 1990
I am most proud of the following, 1 wife, 3 daughters, 5 grandsons 2 dogs, and 1 cat…
Sparring for your high rank testing.
I have gotten advice from the testing judges on what you need to do to pass your sparring portion of testing.
Mrs. Tiffany Franklin – Staff Training
Mrs. Franklin began her official taekwondo career in 1999, but before that she spent thousands of hours at her parents’ taekwondo school and at taekwondo events listening and soaking in information. All of that time spent listening and learning formed the basis of a passionate lifelong quest for knowledge, understanding, and the desire to share everything she learns with others. Mrs. Franklin earned her 1st Degree Black Belt and instructor certification before taking a sabbatical from taekwondo to attend the University of Virginia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2007. These days Mrs. Franklin is the ultimate sender of emails (we promise you will almost never actually get one from Mrs. Lacy), liaison to the parents, newsletter creator, website designer, controller of the flow of information at the school, and ultimate ruler of the lobby.
Why Should I Take Staff Training?
You’ve spent thousands of hours honing your taekwondo training in preparation for running a school; however, almost everyone you encounter will decide whether they are going to sign up before ever stepping foot on the mats. Learn top tips and proven strategies to build your business – and your school’s brand – into the school of your dreams.
Mr. Zach Harrell – Maximizing your first year
Denton Taekwondo America
I am a 5th degree from Denton, Texas. I have been training for about 22 years now and run the school in Denton, TX. I got my start on a buddy day as Bobby Lacy’s buddy when I was 7 years old with Mr. and Mrs. Lacy in Roanoke, VA.
During “Maximizing your first year,” we will be discussing some things to help you out after you get open. We will go over what you can do to generate leads, teaching classes by yourself, and generally what you can expect and look for during your first year of being open.
Mrs. Jenny Harrell – Sparring by Body Type
Denton Taekwondo America
I started taekwondo when I was 5 years old, training with Mr. and Mrs. Lacy at their school in Roanoke, VA. Over the last 22 years, I have trained under 5 different chief instructors, each with a different teaching style. Sparring was not a thing that came naturally to me. I was an awkward, girl, which is bad enough when all your peers are boys, then add the long legs and no balance and sparring became my least favorite part of taekwondo. I wasted a lot of time, energy and frustration trying to spar like people who weren’t built like me. It took me a long time to learn how to use my body to my advantage. People see long legs and automatically think of flexibility and balance, two traits some of us are not inherently blessed with. Even now, as a 5th degree black belt those things don’t come easily. But I’ve started to learn what works for me and what doesn’t and how to use my strengths AND weaknesses to my advantage. I’ve sparred a lot of people over the years and have had to learn how to adapt to different body types and sparring styles; sometimes it worked out, other times it didn’t. I hope others can learn from my struggles and figure out how to use what they’ve got to the best of their ability.
We are going to take the drills and skills we have learned and build on them. We are going to work on applying and adapting them to those who don’t spar like us. We are going to talk about tactics that generally work to other body types advantage and how we can respond to those situations and possibly use them to our advantage. We are going to recognize our strengths and weaknesses and when those may be reversed. Sparring is a fluid aspect and is always changing. The best sparrers are not the tallest or the strongest or the biggest, the best sparrers are the ones who can adapt to any situation they find themselves in. The best sparrers are not the ones who win every match, but the ones who can learn from every match
Ms. Lenora Karnath – Killer Workout
Karnath’s Taekwondo America
This year the Killer Workout will be lead by Mrs. Lenora Karnath, 5th Degree Black Belt and School Owner in Suwanee, GA. It’s been 27 years since she has started her training and has always looked at TKD as a lifestyle and not a “job”, which she feels pretty lucky to do something she enjoys doing.
The only qualifications needed for this workout is to have killed others during a workout…so yes, she is qualified. Now, for this workout the survival rate is at 38%, only the strong will survive!! Will that be you??
Mr. Jason Kesler – BJJ and how it helps your TKD
Fishers Taekwondo America
Mr. Kesler is a 7th Degree Black belt. He started running his own taekwondo school in 1995 and now has 3 students running their own schools! Along with his black belt in taekwondo, Mr. Kesler is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is excited to share how to run a successful school with a great staff. He will also be teaching a seminar on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn some ground skills!
Mr. Bobby Lacy – Starting your school: Leasing, building out, and permits
Leander Taekwondo America
How to Open a School 101 Teaching class is fun. Making money while teaching class is even more fun. Making money while teaching classes and being your own boss? Priceless. Learn from newly minted school owner Mr. Bobby Lacy from Austin, TX as he shares the lessons learned from his successes and mistakes while opening his new school in February 2020 (First Lesson – do not open in a pandemic). If you have ever wanted to learn how to transition your martial arts hobby to a martial arts career, this class will provide you some tools and concepts to make the opening process a little easier. We will review top things to look for in demographics, what to expect when looking for a lease, best times in the year to open (once again, not during a pandemic), as well as some common characteristics found in successful schools that you can start incorporating before ever opening your doors.
Mrs. Jenny Lacy – School owner/Future school owner workout. Judging National Testing
Valley Ranch Taekwondo America
After sitting and watching her husband for countless classes, Mrs. Lacy, the chief instructor at the Valley Ranch location, attended her first class in 1985. It was love at first kick! Within the first month of her training she won her first (of many) gold medals. She received her instructor certificate from the USTA in ’89 and earned her 3rd degree in ’91. A founding member of Taekwondo America, in addition to running the Valley Ranch she also runs the headquarters for the national organization. Her most recent accomplishment was receiving her 8th Degree Black Belt. These days Mrs. Lacy is the chief instructor, board breaking whisperer, ultimate ruler of the workout floor, and inventor of fun but semi-torturous workouts that the adult classes both love and fear. When she’s not at the school Mrs. Lacy loves cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide and spending time with her favorite dog, Caesar. She likes spending time with her husband, Mr. Robby Lacy, three children, and two other dogs too.
Mr. Robby Lacy – Investments and Retirements
Robby Lacy took his first taekwondo class in April 1977(one month before the first Star Wars film was released). His uncle came across the school on his mail route and decided to bring his son and nephew in to try class. Schools were not as fancy then, and the space had a tile workout floor and pegboard walls, but from the first class Mr. Lacy was hooked. At the time a gallon of gas was $0.65, a loaf of bread was $0.36, and $22 per month for 2 years bought a lifetime taekwondo membership for 2 students. As a Green Belt he met a Blue Belt named Warren Davis. The two forged a friendship that has spanned four decades. When he was a Red Belt Mr. Lacy competed in his first tournament. At the time Regional Tournaments were held in the center aisles of local malls and competitors sparred without safety gear. He cried when he took two third place medals (in a division with only 3 competitors). He went on to compete in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, and New Jersey. At a tournament in Nebraska he saw Dale Craig break the world record for breaking concrete blocks before competing himself in a division with over 40 kids. In 1979 he attended his first Black Belt Camp at the age of 12. Before that he had four no changes in a row (and would go on to get three more over the course of his taekwondo career). Less than 3% of people who start a martial art achieve the rank of black belt, so he had already beaten the odds. One afternoon shortly after camp he was sitting in the car with his mom at 4:10, excitedly waiting for his instructor to show up so the 4:00 class could start. When she asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and he replied a taekwondo school owner she told him no. “Don’t you want to be a lawyer, policeman, fire fighter, or something like that?”. “No”, he told her, “I want to own my own taekwondo school”. Testing for 1st Degree he sparred the first female 3rd Degree in the ATA, Tammy Harvey. She made him cry, and he failed testing. At 15, he was a 3rd Degree at the same time as his instructor – then he had to wait six years to test for 4th Degree. At his 4th Degree testing one of his rounds was against World Champion PKA Fighter Jerry “Golden Boy” Trimble. While he waited for the time to pass before testing he opened a club in Bayou La Batre, Alabama (made famous by the shrimping scene in Forrest Gump). He would later convince his wife to move 770 miles away to Roanoke, Virginia, where they did not know a soul, and open a school in January of 1991. He was 24 years-old, and they would go on to own 7 schools either in full or partially, including 5 at one time. The gamble would prove a great success, with the couple having over 90 people at their first lock-in and bringing over 200 competitors to their first tournament in Roanoke. From their new home base Mr. Lacy would spar 8 rounds during his 5th Degree testing, go on to become one of the founding members of Taekwondo America in October 1993, and later be the first person to test for 6th Degree. As luck would have it, 6th Degree was just the beginning because it takes longer to get from 6th Degree to 9th Degree than it does from White Belt to 6th Degree. The Lacys spent 19 years teaching in Virginia, training thousands of students including 11 that went on to open their own taekwondo schools and 7 who achieved the rank of 6th Degree Master Black Belt or higher themselves. Then, in April 2010 the Lacy family packed up and moved 1,100 miles to Frisco, Texas to share their taekwondo expertise with a new crowd. Through numerous struggles and quite a few no changes he trained his three children to the ranks of Black Belt, and on September 21, 2018, he earned his 9th Degree Black Belt alongside his wife Jenny Lacy achieving her 8th Degree, marking the culmination of a combined 74 years of dedication to taekwondo.
Mr. Luis Maisonet – Hapkido
I started Taekwondo in 1973 at the age of 10 years old under GM Sergio Colon a Korean War Veteran and Green Beret. After I finished High School I went to college. During this time I trained with different instructors. After college I started to work as School teacher. After that I went to the military and served for 8 years. After 8 year I moved to Florida. I trained with WTF. I competed and won gold and silver medals. This School closed and move to South Florida. Where I stated trained with Mr. Russ Adams then with Master Emmons.
I started Hapkido in 2006 under Master Mosley after him with Master Piller. In hapkido I hold a black belt. Hapkido used join locks and teakwondo kicks.
Jim McClellen – Sparring by Body Types
McClellen’s Taekwondo America
I have been doing Taekwondo since 1997 and am currently a 6th Degree Master. I began my training after spending 6 months watching my daughter take classes at Mr. Perdue’s school in Westerville, OH. Currently, I continue my training and teach daily (when not traveling for business) at my daughter’s school, McClellan’s Taekwondo Academy in Gahanna, OH. All the students at the school call me Mr. M.
I have heard others say that sparring never gets old and I agree. I also believe that there is no better cardio workout than sparring. In sparring by body type, as a taller person (and older) I hope to share some strategies to help you with people of equal height and shorter in stature. I also have a few tricks at the end to share. I hope that you will at least get one nugget to take with you to implement and make sparring more effective.
Mr. Brian McCoy – Black Collar Tournament Judging
McMoy’s Taekwondo America
I began taekwondo in 1983 in Huntsville, AL. I have trained in many cities including Birmingham, AL, Charlotte, NC, and Tuscaloosa, AL. I am currently a 7th degree black belt, the National Tournament Director of TA, and a senior partner.
I am teaching a few seminars at Masters Experience.
I am teaching a course on Tournament Judging and how to run a tournament ring. I am teaching an Instructor Certification seminar. And I am teaching a pattern during forms review.
I am qualified to teach all these because of my experience in taekwondo, my longevity as an instructor (since 1986), and my position as tournament director.
These seminars should be informative and “hands on”. Those attending the tournament judging seminar will gain useful knowledge on the recent changes we’ve made to our tournaments, as well as insight into the future of our tournament structure.
The instructor certification seminar will be full of information on what is expected of TA instructors at Level 3 and 4. It should be fun with some classroom teaching theories and some fun discussions.
Mrs. Mary McCoy – Sparring by Body Type
McCoy’s Taekwondo America
Senior 4th Degree Black Belt
I started Taekwondo in January of 2008 at Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy. At the time I was 30 years old and had not planned on starting a martial art but gave in to the urging of me girls who had just started themselves. I quickly learned that this was definitely a sport/hobby/passion that I could easily see myself doing for many years to come. When I had to move from the Independence area I found a school in Huntsville and continued to train with Steve Brister from 2009-2011. In 2011 Brian McCoy opened up a school in Arab and I quickly started training with him and have continued ever since. For me, Taekwondo started off as a whim of two young girls and turned into a life long journey that brought me my amazing husband and third daughter and a passion for teaching and encouraging others.
Ms. Nicole McGhee – Social Media 101
Noblesville Taekwondo America
Connections, distance, creativity, and business are all reasons why I am invested in social media. I joined Facebook as way to stay in touch with family. So, at that time social media was pretty much a fancy scrapbook to me, but now, it has evolved into so much more. I currently use Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay connected with friends and family, to learning about travel and hobbies, to promoting a business, and to creating content for a National Organization. As a creator, an audience member, business owner, and social media committee member, I have seen social media at all angles and have gained a solid understanding of different ways to use it. Sharing those tools with you is my goal for this seminar.
Social Media 101 will be primarily focus on how to setup a basic social media plan and what tools might be useful in reaching your goals. We will be discussing different posting option you have on different platforms, how to connect with your audience, and how to interact with other posts. Furthermore, tagging photos, hashtags, linking pages, and sharing posts will be discussed with the how to and the why should you. We will also explore some apps that are helpful with artwork and design of posts. Finally, we will wrap it up with a 30-day social media plan for you Martial Arts School.
Mr. Chris McKenzie – Kickboxing
K1/Glory Kickboxing: Learning Patterns
This Clinic is going to focus on learning different fighting patterns and how to facilitate them in training, while learning proper kickboxing technique.
Boxing gloves and Shin Guards Highly recommended but not required.
With over 20 years of experience, Chris “Mac” McKenzie started his Martial Arts training at the age of 6 in Kissimmee, FL under Master John Emmons. He has since achieved the rank of 5th Dan and level 4 instructor through TaeKwonDo America. Mr. McKenzie is a 4x Grand National Champion and a 5x South East Regional Champion. He has been nationally ranked as one of the top ten Black Belts in TaeKwonDo America. After moving to Chicago in 2010, Coach Mac began his kickboxing and boxing training under the guidance of Anthony Marquez, Said Hatim, Oscar Bravo, and Raul Diaz. Throughout his years of gaining experience and learning under each instructor, Coach Mac has become versatile with knowledge of multiple styles of kickboxing. He is also a Heavyweight Kickboxer with a record of 2-1. When Mr. McKenzie is not competing, he is an active cornerman in the Chicagoland area; having trained with, cornered, and coached multiple amateur fighters. Among those fighters, three were champions.
Bill Mischke – Your School Needs A Demo Team!
Flower Mound Taekwondo
Bill Mischke’s Flower Mound Taekwondo has had a demo team compete at the Taekwondo America nationals every year since 2011. In those 11 years, they have won the championship 6 times including the two most recent tournaments in 2020 and 2021.
Find out why you should have a demo team in your school. We will look at the benefits of having a demo team and what it takes to get started. We will also look at ways to be competitive and what are some of the pitfalls.
Krav Maga Self-Defense
Bill Mischke and Brian Monaghan have been training in Krav Maga for 7 years. They are each certified Expert Level Krav Maga instructors. They also hold instructor certifications in Israeli Combat Shooting, Active Shooter Response, and Israeli Knife Fighting.
Krav Maga is the hand-to-hand fighting system developed for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Krav Maga, which translates to “Contact Combat”, is a highly effective self-defense system. It is used by law enforcement and special forces around the world. In these exciting hands-on seminars, you will learn several different Krav Maga self-defense techniques.
Brian Monaghan –
Monghan’s Taekwondo America
“Our goal in this seminar is to have you come away with a more confident/Warrior mentality”. We will be working on several basic Krav Maga Techniques with Devastating results for a true self defense situation.
Mrs. Julee Peck – Retention Based Sparring
Raleigh Taekwondo America & Morrisville Taekwondo America
With over 40 years of experience in Taekwondo and 27 years in business, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of students. Over the years, I have noticed that some students really struggle with sparring. I have also lost students because they felt overwhelmed by the idea of sparring.
A well-designed program will create better students and reduce the anxiety that some people feel regarding sparring. Retention-based sparring focuses on sparring drills and concepts that help students feel better prepared for the sparring experience and therefore train longer.
Mr. Chris Penn – What’s “Effective” sparring?
Greensboro Taewondo America
I started my taekwondo training nearly 30 years ago with Warren and Elizabeth Davis at the age of 8. Sparring has always been my favorite part of taekwondo and I look forward to sharing my approach with you. Good free sparring is about much more than just throwing kicks and punches. We will go over offensive and defensive strategies that will help make you more effective.
Mrs. Denise Perdue – Teaching and rehabbing injured students
Sunbury Taekwondo America
What keeps injured students in your program? Learn strategies to help students adapt their Taekwondo training to stay active in your program, Having empathy and understanding their recovery needs will increase the likelihood that they will continue. Share your experiences and success stories.
Mr. Zak Scott – Color Belt Forms Review
Richmond Taekwondo America
Mr. Scott started training 21 years ago under Mr. Lacy in Roanoke VA. He is now a 6th degree black and owner of Taekwondo America of Richmond. The Scott’s have run the Richmond school since 2007.
Mr. Jordan Slomovitz – Closing Workout
Slomovitz Taekwondo America
I’ve been studying the art of Taekwondo for the past 24 years earning my 6th Degree Master Rank. Along this journey i’ve crossed trained in Bojutsu to increase my long range tactics as well as Muay Tai to shore up my short range strategies. In this course we will be going over your basic taekwondo techniques demonstrated in multiple different martial arts to show the adaptation of each technique. We will also be going over drills to increase your strength with each one of these attacks.
In a small city in Ohio a legend was born. At the age of 9 he started his taekwondo journey and at 30 became a master. But that wasn’t all, his training wasn’t complete. He knew there were gaps that needed to be filled and started his journey to mast them as well. Starting with Bojutsu, conquering the ability to wield an extension of himself, then to the art of Muay Thai where he started his close combat training. Now he brings those lessons to you. During your Master journey you have been taught your techniques through one style. In this course you will be introduced to the adaptation and strengthening of your core techniques. The road to mastery has many paths and remember your journey is never complete.
Ms. Amanda Sullivan – Red collar tournament judging
Plano Taekwondo America
I started Taekwondo in March 2008 and earned my first instructor collar in December 2010. My passion for Taekwondo has driven me to keep looking for the next opportunity in this great sport and judging tournaments is an inspiring way to keep learning and growing. I am currently a 4th Degree Black Belt, and a member of the Tournament Committee, as well as the Taekwondo America Board of Examiners.
This Tournament Judging Seminar is intended for all current and future Level 1 and 2 Instructors. We will be covering everything you need to know to play your very important role in the success of our events. In addition, I will be sharing all of the recent changes we’ve made, and insight into the future of our Taekwondo tournaments. Come join me and see what it is all about!
Ms. Mel Thompson – DON’T say or do this
Hilliard Taekwondo America
TA Personal Conduct Policy
because if Children’s Services calls, you’ll be glad you follow this policy
Ms. Thompson, owner of Hilliard Taekwondo Academy in Hilliard Ohio:
۰6th Degree Black Belt
۰School owner for 15+ years
۰Manages & trains numerous volunteer & staff
۰Degree in psychology
You don’t want to miss this seminar because:
We all need to follow Taekwondo America’s personal conduct policy, but this seminar will help you really understand:
۰WHO it applies to
۰WHAT are all the “but what if …” details
۰WHEN we need to follow the guidelines
۰WHERE the rules apply
۰WHY it’s so important to understand and follow this policy
۰HOW to avoid “accidentally” getting in trouble
Ms. Thompson takes what can seem like a boring or uncomfortable topic and makes it fun, interesting, and relevant to you!
Training students for national testing
Prepare your students for high rank testing success
by focusing the most time and energy on what really matters most
Ms. Thompson, owner of Hilliard Taekwondo Academy in Hilliard Ohio:
۰6th Degree Black Belt, having experienced the expectations for each high rank belt test
۰School owner for 15 years, preparing numerous students for successful high rank testing
۰Judge at high rank testing for over 10 years
۰Participates in the Board of Examiners that sets the expectations for high rank testing
DO NOT take this seminar if:
۰You like sharing “YOU NO-CHANGED!” bad news with the high rank testers from your school
۰Your students enjoy using their long time-in-rank to train for a no-change
۰The families in your program enjoy spending money to register for and travel to a high-rank testing to earn their no-change
For those of you who prefer to tell your students the time, money and effort they put into their high rank testing earned them a “YOU PASSED!” result, this seminar will help you know:
۰WHEN a student should start training for high rank testing
۰HOW to implement the best training tools to achieve success
۰WHAT to focus on to improve their chances of passing
(the 80/20 rule, especially for your older and/or less flexible students)
Mr. Sean Wilson – Teaching proper techniques
Charlotte Taekwondo America
Why should you take class from me?
I started taekwondo at the age of 21 years old in 1988.
I earned my black belt in December 1989.
I am not a flexible person (literally or figuratively) and I don’t usually learn things on the first try, or the second! As such, I learn through repetition, as do most people.
I don’t consider myself a very creative person, but I think that about myself because I cannot draw or paint. As do most people, I learn things by relating new concepts to things I already know. As such, I am able to help students “see things” by relating them to other things that they (probably) already know.
I get very excited when teaching to a group who is paying attention. I get loud and my eyes get big. I start speaking fast and kind of lose myself in the moment. I start sweating and get very hyper because I am excited that people are understanding what I am teaching.
I am a visual learner, so I teach using visual aids very often. I use mnemonic devices to help me remember key points.
I have been teaching taekwondo since 1990, when my instructor asked me to start helping with classes. I worked in customer service for 7 years before that, and at a bank for 4 years. I was on the “extended learning” track in college, squeezing four years of college into seven. I paid for most of it as I went, which certainly taught me perseverance, as well as fiscal responsibility.
I really enjoy teaching, especially at other people’s schools. I have gone on vacation and taught taekwondo at Florida schools while my family went to Disney. I have taught classes at the beach while my family was playing in the Gulf of Mexico.
If you can take one thing away from a seminar that I teach, I am happy. I have people who tell me years later something that I said or demonstrated in a seminar long ago, and it makes me happy.
I am flattered to have been asked to teach a class here at the Masters’ Experience. I hope you enjoy it.
Ms. Kasi Young – Sparring by bodytype
Fishers Taekwondo America
6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I started taekwondo in 1996 when I was 10 years old. I am looking forward to sharing my sparring style with you and giving you ideas and drills you can take back with you! 🙂 If you have short legs and want to learn how to get inside and punch more, make sure to be at this seminar! 🙂
Room 1 – Century Martial Arts – St. Augustine B
Room 2 – 97 Display – St. Augustine A
Room 3 – Macho Martial Arts – Legends 2 & 3
Room 4 – Taekwondo America – Legends 1
Main Room – Taekwondo America – St. Augustine CDEFG (Ballroom)