Master's Experience



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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May 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021 to Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day Weekend

Conference Map

May 28, 2021 Friday

1:00pm – 3:00pm: School owner/Future school owner check-in

3:30pm – 4:30pm: School owner/Future school owner workout (J. Lacy)

4:30pm – 6:00pm: School owner/Future school owners round table (Life after zoom: Plans to resume normal classes)


7:00pm – 8:30pm: School owner dinner (Caddyshack)

May 29, 2021 Saturday

8:00am – 9:00am: Meet our sponsors with coffee

9:00am – 10:00am: Social media advertising 101 (N. McGhee)
9:00am – 10:00am: Starting your school: Leasing, build out, and permits (B. Lacy)

10:00am -12:00pm: Participant check-in

10:00am – 11:00am: Mass intro (D. Church)

10:00am – 11:00am: Maximizing your first year (Z. Harrell)

11:30am – 11:45am: Judges meeting

12:00pm – 3:00pm: High rank testing

3:00pm – 4:00pm: High rank testing judges meeting

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Opening workout

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Team building (W. Anderson)
6:30pm – 8:00: Opening ceremony (MC – S. Abbott)

May 30, 2021 Sunday

8:00am – 9:00am: Meet today’s presenters with coffee
8:00am – 9:00am: BJJ and how it helps your TKD (J. Kesler)
8:00am – 9:00am: Improve your participation: Getting people to events (W. Anderson)
8:00am – 9:00am: Yoga

9:00am – 10:00am: Red collar tournament judging (A. Sullivan)
9:00am – 10:00am: Training students for national testing (M. Thompson)
9:00am – 10:00am: Teaching and rehabbing injured students
9:00am – 10:00am: Killer workout (L. Karnath)

10:00am – 11:00am: Teaching through games (P. Dang)
10:00am – 11:00am: Creating a championship demo team (B. Mischke)
10:00am – 11:00am: Black collar tournament judging (B. McCoy)
10:00am – 11:00am: Kickboxing (C. McKenzie)

11:00am – 12:00pm: Teaching proper techniques (S. Wilson)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Tactical pen (S. Abbott)
11:00am – 12:00pm: DON’T say or do this (M. Thompson)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Sparring by body type (J. Harrell, M. McCoy, K. Young, M. Dominach, S. Baxter, J. McClellan)

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Sparring the legends (M. Dominach)

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Color belt form review (Southeastern Region/Floriday Region)
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Instructor certification (B. McCoy)
2:00pm – 5:00pm: CPR certification

3:00pm – 4:00pm: First and second degree black belt form review (Southern Region)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Third, fourth, and fifth degree black belt form review (Texas Region/Midwest Region)
6:30pm – Pool Party

May 31, 2021 Monday

8:00am – 9:00am: Meet today’s presenters with coffee
8:00am – 9:00am: Hapkido (L. Maisonette)
8:00am – 9:00am: Investments and retirement (W. Davis/R. Lacy)
8:00am – 9:00am: Stretching and recovery
8:00am – 9:00am: Creating an instructor team (J. Kesler)
9:00am – 10:00am: Weeping style jujutsu (D. Church)
9:00am – 10:00am: Running a One-Man Show
9:00am – 10:00am: What’s “Effective” sparring? (C. Penn)
10:00am – 11:00am: Krav Maga (B. Mischke/B. Monoghan)
10:00am – 11:00am: Judging national testing (J. Lacy/B. McCoy/J. Kesler/N. McGhee/W. Anderson)
10:00am – 111:00am: Teaching retention-based sparring (J. Peck)
10:00am – 11:00am: Last chance sparring (J. Emmons)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Closing workout (J. Slomovitz)
12:00pm – 12:30pm: Pictures with ledgends, schools, and new friends
Staff Training Sessions (T. Franklin)
Friday – May 28, 2021 (4:30pm – 6:00pm)

Saturday – May 29, 2021 (8:00am – 12:30pm)

Sunday – May 30, 2021 (8:00am – 10:00am, 2:00pm – 5:00pm)

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. 

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.

Mr. Michael Dominach – Sparring the Ledgends/ Sparring by Body Type

7th Degree Master
TA President

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



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.

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.

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.

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

Mac’s Gym

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.


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. 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.