INSTRUCTORS & STAFF
GRAND MASTER PYONG TUK KO
9th Dan Taekwondo
With well over forty years of experience as an instructor, Grand Master Ko has made it his life goal to combine Eastern and Western styles of exercise to create the safest and most effective form of exercise for everyone, no matter what age or fitness level.
He is a 9th degree black belt under Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Federation, with deep knowledge of Taekwondo, as well as Hapkido and Tai Chi. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer, MMA Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Performance and Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, allowing him to utilize modern scientific findings to enhance our martial arts training.
Grand Master Ko’s contributions to the world of Taekwondo have led to international recognition: He has served as the US National team manager and coach for the World Taekwondo Championships in 1991 (Athens, Greece) and 1995 (Osaka, Japan) and President George Bush commended him for contributions as Tournament Director of the 18th US National Taekwondo Championships for the Selection of the US National Olympic Taekwondo Team at the Hampton Coliseum in 1992. He is a former President of the VA State Taekwondo Association. Before coming to America, he was an instructor for the Republic of Korea (ROK) army and Captain Instructor of the Chun-buk National University Taekwondo Championship Team.
MASTER SANG MEE KO
5th Dan Taekwondo
Taekwondo has always been a part of Master Sang Mee’s life, seeing as her father is Grand Master Ko. However, she originally majored in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia before realizing her life’s ambition was to strengthen people’s minds, bodies, and spirits through martial arts and strives to be a positive role model for all her students.
Master Sang Mee is a fifth degree black belt under World Taekwondo and has over 10 years of experience teaching all ages. In college, she was President and head instructor at the UVA Taekwondo Club and helped create the Atlantic Collegiate Alliance of Taekwondo (ACAT) to encourage friendly competition between southeastern Taekwondo clubs.
MASTER MARVIN BOZARTH
5th Dan Taekwondo
Before coming to our school, Master Bozarth owned and taught karate at Morning Martial Arts (1989-1991) with a 1st Gup in Goju-Ryu Karate. He now also has a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and been with WMA for over 17 years as an instructor and occasional carpenter – many of the wooden apparatus around our dojang were custom-made by him, such as the window bars, weapons rack, benches, and more!
Master Bozarth is also a certified USA Taekwondo (USAT) referee and often volunteers at local competitions to bring the spirit of Taekwondo sportsmanship to life. He is retired from the United States Air Force with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
Mr. Michael Cummings (3rd Dan)
Mrs. Joyce Wentz (3rd Dan)
Mr. Wesley Miller (3rd Dan)
Miss Amanda Perrie (2nd Dan)
Mr. Michael Walton (1st Dan)
Mr. Stephen Living (1st Dan)
Our black belt leaders!
Our junior Leadership Team also helps teach class, gaining confidence in handling responsibilities and gaining deeper knowledge of martial arts in the process.
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Make a Worthwhile Difference
Our team strives to strengthen minds, bodies, and spirits through martial arts. We look for people with lots of energy and passion to make meaningful and personal impact in people's lives because they care about our Taekwondo family. We not only better our students - they better us.
In addition to martial arts instructors, we also need vital support staff: classroom assistants and drivers for our Before & After School Program as well as tech support and secretaries. So while previous martial arts experience is preferred, there are other opportunities to experience the powerful community that is a martial arts school!
We teach Kukkiwon/World Taekwondo/Olympic-style Taekwondo in addition to Hapkido and Tai Chi. Prospective instructors should have a Kukkiwon-certified black belt and have a positive attitude towards teaching and continuing to expand their martial arts knowledge.
Requirements: clean driving record, background check, CPR/first aid, CDL B (or willingness to gain certification once hired)
Preferred, but not required: competitive sparring experience, coaching experience, demo team experience
Martial arts experience not required, but free lessons are provided if interested! Classroom assistants are responsible for driving our vans to safely transport children, helping tidy the classroom, helping with homework, and general cleaning.
Requirements: clean driving record, background check, CPR/first aid, enjoys working with children
Preferred, but not required: child care experience, martial arts experience