Grand Master Joe Giampietro – 9th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified

Master Joe, 9th Dan WTF

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

Michael 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.


Marco Antonio Gomez – 4th 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!”

Tessa Obert – 4th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon Certified


Ron Young – 4th 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.

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 –

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.