Instructors

Grand Master Joe Giampietro – 8th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified

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Master Joe, 8th Dan WT

Grandmaster Joe Giampietro is a 50 year veteran of the martial arts and has been a very successful competitor and demonstrator as well as one of the most respected Master Instructors in this country. His ability to relay complicated techniques to his students is a key factor in their ability to excel in local, national and international competitions. He has trained and taught in the USA and Asia. He is one of only a few US instructors to operate Martial Arts Schools in Okinawa, Japan.

Grandmaster Joe is the Texas State Director for the United States National Taekwondo Federation. He was awarded “USNTF Instructor of the Year 2001” by Grand Master Duk Gun Kwon, President of the United States National Taekwondo Federation.

” I am a true believer in the Magic of Motivation.”
– Grandmaster Joe Giampietro

“The greatest gift an instructor can offer his students is not to share with him his talents, but to reveal to him his own.”
– Grandmaster Joe Giampietro

Master Michael Giampietro – 6th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified

master mikeMichael at the age of 15 was the youngest Internationally certified 4th Degree Black Belt in the United States. He has been training under his father (Grand Master Joe Giampietro) since the early age of 4. He is an excellent competitor with  Gold Medals in 7 US National Championships as well as several International Gold medals in prestigious events such as the Korean International Taekwondo Championship in Taegu, Korea and the Carribean Open in Puerto Rico.  Master Michael is also an accomplished Samurai with numerous national championships in Koryo Gumdo as well as a silver medal at the World Samurai Championships.
 
 He is a certified master instructor, referee and an active coach/competitor in USAT, AAU, USNTF, and local competitions. His dedication and success in developing world class Taekwondo athletes make him one of the top coaches in the country today.  Master Michael’s passion for building the next generation of strong and confident martial artists is a testament to his selfless devotion to his students and utmost professionalism. 
 

Master Michelle Johnson – 6th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified

Master MichelleMaster Michelle started as a white belt with NSMA under Grandmaster Giampietro in Okinawa Japan.

Master Michelle Johnson has been the Chief Instructor at NSMA South Dakota where she taught with her husband Dave, a 3rd Dan. She was named NSMA Instructor of the year for 2002 and was presented a beautiful crystal award. Master Michelle was promoted to 6th Dan Black Belt in August 2009.

 

Currently, Ms. Michelle is a Certified Master Instructor and teaches at the NSMA Headquarters School in San Antonio, Texas. She is a very motivated demonstrator and instructor of Taekwondo who loves to teach children and prepare them for competition.
 

Master Jose Maria Garza – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified


Master Garza started Taekwondo when he was 6 years old. He is currently a 4th Dan Master Instructor. Master Garza is dedicated to teaching and providing students with the best training both physically and mentally.

Master Chris Ermlich – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified

Master Ermlich started Taekwondo shortly after his son Alex joined and never looked back.  He is currently a 4th Dan in Taekwondo and a 1st Dan in Gumdo.

Questions:

What do you enjoy most at NSMA?
The great workouts, the camaraderie among kids (and parents) and seeing small white belts growing up to be young adults, often as a 1st or 2nd Dan black belt. It is amazing to see how the Martial Arts help kids to mature mentally as well as physically.

Do you do any other sports?
I enjoy long distance running, having completed numerous marathons and half-marathons. There are great local fun runs around San Antonio for all age groups and distances. Since my profession involves a lot of computer work, running gets me away from my desk and de-clutters my mind. Martial Arts and Running complement each other very well.

What advice would you give new students starting out in Taekwondo?
Don’t feel intimidated and don’t be shy to ask questions. We all started out as white belts and we all not only learned from our instructors but also by asking the older kids to help out with a form, a stance or any other question that needed answering. In fact, every higher belt is expected to pass on their knowledge to the lower ranks and help out in any way they can.

Any advice you can give to the parents signing up their kids?
YES, don’t just sign up the kids. Join in the fun, you’re already here dropping them off. Nobody is too old to join. You will be amazed how quickly you will learn the sport and start enjoying the workout. It is a great way to spend quality time with your kid(s). The best part: If you forget a form or the name of a particular kick or drill, just ask your kid(s). They’ll remember.

Master Rhonda Fay – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified


Master Fay started Taekwondo in Okinawa, Japan at the age of 42. She is now a 4th dan Black Belt. She earned her first degree in May, 2008 in Okinawa.

Master Fay began Taekwondo to help her son to learn forms so that she could teach him at home. She soon found out that Taekwondo came naturally to her and continued learning.

Master Fay continues practice Taekwondo because she believes it is a great form of exercise. She has three children, two of which currently hold black belts. Master Fay is excellent with children and holds Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.

Master Jason Wilson – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified

Master Wilson started Taekwondo in 2005 in Des Moines, Iowa. He is currently a 2nd Dan in Taekwondo and 7th Gup in Gumdo. Master Wilson excels at coaching and training for sparring.

Questions:

What led you to NSMA?
In 2007 my family moved to San Antonio and began to look for a new DoJang to attend.  We were trying to find one that had a strong focus on family, discipline, and confidence building. After many schools, we found what we were looking for at NSMA.

Do you have a favorite quote from a Martial Artist?

I have two, both from Bruce Lee:

  • “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted  as a reality.”
  • “I  fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man  who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

 

Marco Antonio Gomez – 3rd Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified


Mr. Gomez started Taekwondo when he was 7 Years Old. He is currently a 3rd Degree Black Belt and has promotion papers to become a Master. Mr. Gomez has dedicated his life to learning and teaching the Taekwondo way.

His favorite quote is “Nothing is impossible as long as you put your mind, body and spirit into it!”

 

Haley Young – 3rd Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified

 

Ron Young – 3rd Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified

 
Mr. Young started Taekwondo at NSMA in 2007. He began taking classes with his son Landry Young in the summer of 2007. His daughter Haley Young started in the fall of 2007.

Mr. Young has over 20 years of martial arts experience as a Student, Instructor and Referee. He started Taekwondo originally in 1984 in Florida and has now achieved the rank of 3 Dan.

Questions:
What do you enjoy the most?
Teaching others the way of the hand and foot. The difficult daily workouts and training. The teamwork and camaraderie amongst all of the NSMA students. Getting to know all the members of NSMA TKD family.

Do you have a favorite Martial Arts related book?
Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think

Do you have a favorite Martial Artist?
Yip Man – https://www.biography.com/people/yip-man-21370115